Joseph C. DeVita

HIGHLAND BEACH, FLA. -Joseph C. DeVita, 88, beloved father, husband, and friend passed away on Feb. 14, 2013, at Abbey Delray Health Center in Delray Beach, Fla.
Most recently residing in Shelby and Highland Beach, Joe was born Nov. 18, 1924, in Port Chester, N.Y., to Joseph DeVita and Florence Castiglione DeVita of Greenwich, Conn.
After serving in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific, Joe was recalled during the Korean War for combat missions flying with the Mosquito Tactical Control Group. He earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. from Nova University. He began his 30 year career in education with the Norwalk, Conn. Public Schools, working his way from teaching to serving as principle at the junior high and high school levels, and later retiring as assistant superintendent of that system in 1984. During his career, he served as adjunct professor to the University of Bridgeport, University of Maine, Fairfield University, and Catholic University (Puerto Rico). In addition, he produced four notable educational textbooks.
Following retirement, Joe spent many years as an ambassador host for Crystal Cruise Line, touring the world several times. He enjoyed (and was quite good at) ballroom dancing, cooking a big pot of Italian sauce, and playing cards. While on a cruise, he met and later married Jayne Paksoy. Wherever they traveled, he would always search out places where they could dance. Joe lived a spirited life full of fun and adventure.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanne Carrigan DeVita, and by his brothers, Leonard and Nicholas.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jayne Paksoy DeVita; his son, Joseph C. DeVita III; his daughter, Jeanne DeVita Jaskolski, her husband Michael, and grandchildren, Sophia, Ava, and Wade; and son, Nicholas DeVita, his wife Stacey, and grandsons, Nicholas and Timothy.
In addition to nieces and nephews, he had several "bonus" children and grandchildren whom he loved dearly: Ali B. and Peggy Paksoy and grandchildren, Allison Hughes (Thomas), Stephanie Norrell (Billy), and Whitney Bridges; Niki Paksoy and Steven Irish; John and Amy Paksoy and grandchildren, Kerry (Yumi), Ali John, Kay Nicole, Kinslee, and Ryan; Scott and Sydney Paksoy and grandchildren, Kelli, and Cameron.
Joe will always be greatly loved and missed by all who had the honor of knowing him and the blessing of having him in their lives.
A private celebration of life service will be held in his remembrance by family members.
Memorials: May be made to the .

Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 16, 2013