Anthony Robert Devlin (1938 - 2015)

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  • "I loved Tony's laugh, his big voice, and his funny stories...."
    - Mary Maguire Redington
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DEVLIN Anthony Robert (Tony) of Medfield, passed peacefully on October 13, 2015, after a brief illness. Anthony was the devoted husband of the late Martha Lewis Devlin, beloved son of the late Edmund C. and Evelyn L. Devlin, dear brother of the late Mary E. Wiley of South Portland, ME, Edmund F.X. Devlin of Havertown, PA, and Rev. Joseph D. Devlin, S.J. of Weston, MA. Tony is survived by his sisters, M. Gertrude Devlin of Roslindale, MA, B. Joan Frates of Plymouth, MA, and Therese E. Sweeney of Roslindale, MA. Tony was born in Boston, MA in 1938. After graduating from Boston College High School he served in the United States Army, stationed in Reykjavik, Iceland and in the US where he played for the All-Army Baseball Team. After leaving the service, Tony attended Cardinal Cushing Seminary in Jamaica Plain for a short time. He matriculated at Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree. At BU he was the recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa Scholastic Award for his outstanding personal characteristics and scholastic achievement. He continued his education at Boston State College earning a Master of Education degree as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. Tony had a diverse career, which started as a teacher at Boston Technical High School, followed by a long and successful career in sales and management across the computer and transportation industries. Tony also spent several years with a dear friend as one of two employees of LoJack, assisting in bringing the company public. His many customers and colleagues are richer for having known him. Tony was an avid sports fan, particularly football and was a thirty-year season ticket holder of the New England Patriots. He was a high school and college football referee and was offered a position to referee in the NFL, which he declined in order to spend weekends with his family. He was a student of geography, current events, and politics, which he would gladly debate with anyone daring enough to engage. He had an excellent sense of humor, a sharp wit, a beautiful singing voice, and was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Tony is survived by three sons, Christopher and his wife Francesca of Medfield, Craig and his wife, Sara of Hollis, NH, Andrew and his wife, Ellen of Doylestown, PA, and one daughter, Lisa Thoukidides and her husband, Michalis of Kornos, Cyprus. Papa Tony adored all of his grandchildren, taking delight in each one. They include Sofia and Anthony of Medfield, Lia, Samantha, and Justin of Kornos, Cyprus, Connor, Hugh, and Maggie, of Hollis, NH, and Grace, Libby, and Tess of Doylestown, PA. A Mass of the Resurrection, a celebration of Tony’s life will take place at Saint Edwards Church in Medfield on Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Anthony’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: www.stjude.org/donate or the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Published in Boston Herald on Oct. 16, 2015
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