James Devine(1926 - 2013)

James "Jim" Devine

James B. Devine passed away peacefully on Monday, March 4, 2013 at Cascades of the Sierras, Spanish Springs, Nevada. Jim was 86 years old. A long-time resident of Incline Village, Nevada, he was born in Medford, MA on September 13, 1926. During WW II, he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and served as a Quartermaster on a destroyer escort in the South Pacific from 1944 until after the war was over. He returned to Medford and, after graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in journalism, worked as a sportswriter, a dream job for this avid Boston Red Sox fan. Eventually he moved to New York City where he met his future wife, Marguerite Clark. They married May 25th, 1957. His moving to New York also coincided with a new job at the headquarters of American Airlines, as a public relations director, beginning a lifelong love and career in aviation. He helped usher in the era of passenger jet travel and, after moving to Hawaii with his wife, Meg, and four children in 1969, oversaw American Airlines expansion into destinations across the South Pacific.

After retiring from the airline business, he and Meg moved to California and started their own photo developing business. A friend invited them to Lake Tahoe for a visit which resulted in the buying of a second home and eventual retirement in Incline Village, where Jim has lived for the past 30 years. After traveling all over the world with his beloved Meg, he lost her to cancer in 1999. But Jim continued to travel, taking his children and grandchildren on wonderful family trips and visiting other family and friends around the country. He loved to attend church and also cheered on his favorite sports teams, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, all of which rewarded his loyalty with many world championships over the years.

Jim is survived by his sister, Helen Devine, his brother, John Devine, four children and their spouses, Carol and Steve Rusley, Jay and Kim Devine, Kevin and Joanne Devine and Susie and Jack Meredith, and eight grandchildren, Jack Rusley, Douglas Rusley, Kevin Rusley, Patrick Devine, Nicholas Devine, Maile Devine, Conor Devine and Tess Devine. Instead of flowers, Jim's family asks that donations be sent to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 701 Mt Rose Highway, Incline Village, NV, 89451.


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2013