Funeral service for Clunis Febern Devaney, 65 yrs., a resident of Pine Cove Ave. Sir Lynden Pindling Estates, will be held at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Officiating will be Archdeacon I. Ranfurly Brown, assisted by Rev. Fr. Neil G. Nairn. Interment follows in St. Agnes Cemetery, Nassau Street.
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Clunis Devaney was born on 3rd January 1948 in Nassau, Bahamas. Clunis was a quiet, honest, trustworthy man who was devoted to family and community. He was a man of a strong Christian faith that valued hard work and all these characteristics were evident through every aspect of his life.
He was the last born of Mr. James Devaney and Mrs. Beatrice Wilson. Clunis had two brothers and three sisters. In 1982, Clunis married Mrs. Naomi Dean-Devaney and they lived happily together for over 30 years.
He attended St. Johns College and Prince William High School and upon graduating in 1967 started his lifelong career in journalism.
Early in his career, Clunis trained on the job with the Tribune and Bahamas Times and later joined the Nassau Guardian Ltd. in November 1970 as a Parliamentary Reporter.
In 1974, Clunis completed studies in Public Relations and Communications and a further course of study in Mass Communication at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Kingston, Jamaica. This course was held jointly between UWI and the United States Information Services.
Clunis worked for the Guardian from April 1970 to February 1999 and held the position of Reporter, Acting Sports Editor, Sub Editor and Editor and Acting Managing Editor. In all of these positions his performance was excellent.
During his career, he covered major political events that included the 1972, 1977, 1982 and 1987 general elections and the historic 1973 Independence celebrations. Other major events Clunis covered include, the 1975 and 1985 Royal visits by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II; the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 1985 and the major narcotics meeting held in 1985 during which time Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), a joint interdiction effort between the United States, The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Island was officially launched.
Clunis retired from The Guardian in 1999, but could not give up his love for writing and mass communications. He went on to work for Love 97 and the Bahamas Information Services (BIS). After retiring, Clunis started and ran his own company, Tainos Publications, the Bahamas first multi lingual paper that was written in several languages before joining ZNS. While at ZNS, Clunis continued to cover news within the Bahamas and in 2008, returned to the Nassau Guardian, the place he called home as a Copy Editor.
Clunis never suffered any major illness until 2009, when he was admitted to Princess Margeret Hospital due to diabetes. During his stay in the hospital, his left leg was amputated, however; this feat did not change his unwavering love for communications, and he continued to report to The Guardian where he quietly carried out his duties.
Clunis began his religious servings as an altar boy in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and later joined the Brethren at East Street Gospel Chapel. Clunis also attended East Street Gospel and Abundant Life Bible Chapel before finding his final Christian home at St. Agnes Anglican Church. At St Agnes, Clunis was an active member in the Pastoral Care Ministry, ACM and the Usher Board right up to the time of his passing on 12th April 2013.
Clunis was predeceased by both parents James Devaney and Beatrice Wilson and two brothers, James Devaney and Vincent Wilson and his sister Sybil Smith-March.
Clunis is survived by his wife: Naomi; two sons: Tio and Stephen Devaney; one daughter: Latanya Devaney; two grandsons: Jaylyn and Tristan Devaney; one daughter-in-law: Tara Devaney; two sisters: Florett Hepburn of Miami, Florida, and Theresa Bruno of Washington, D.C.; five brothers-in-law: Edward Hepburn, Frank (Carolyn), Thomas (Thelma), Hezekiah (Marsha) and Cecil Dean; five sisters-in-law: Norlean Wilson, Lillian Fox, Sherry Smith (Wilbert), Gwen Martinborough (Bernard) and Ruth Johnson; nieces: Joy Maria Ann Dixon-Ferguson, Brenda Marina Dixon-Price of Queens, New York, Lonnie Emmeline Dixon-Rolle (Cedric Sr.) of Eleuthera, Junnette Priscilla March-Radjpaul (Norval) of Queens, New York, Catherine Joyce March-Wright (Willie); Germaine Manley; Yolande, Heather and Candice Bruno; and Lorraine Bethell; nephews: Robert Frederick Hall; Edward Jr., Gerard and Gary Hepburn; Webster, Peron, Dillon, Darius; grand-nephews and grand-nieces: Oswald Ferguson, Jr. (Mareen), Troy Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Rev. Terrence G. Morrison (RoyAnne), Valentino Bethell, Cedric Rolle, Jr. (Denice), Robert Terrell Hall, Tarvan Symonette (Elizabeth), and Sean (Samantha) and Kevin Price of Queens, New York; Tamika P. Symonette, Meisha M. Ferguson, Angelique K. Butler, Sophia Higgs (Darron) and Chrystal Bethell; great-grand nephews and great-grand nieces: Hugh and Travis Ferguson; Demetrius Ferguson of Miami, Florida; Cedric III and Cordero Rolle of Eleuthera; Christopher Price of Queens, New York; Tristen and Tyrese Higgs; Tamara, Shakira and Jamie-Lee Ferguson; Dianna Ferguson of Miami, Florida; Alicia Major; Moesha, Denicia, Lonniesha and Angel Rolle of Eleuthera; Nia Price and Brittany Grooms of Queens, New York; Teranne and Terroy Morrison; great-great-grand nephews and nieces: Tarvan Symonette Jr.; Vanlese Symonette, Darren Mackey Jr., Trevayne Pinder Jr.; Demicia Deveaux; and Lamond Davis; many cousins including: Beulah, Wilbur, Elsie and Veronica Smith of Mars Bay, Andros; Ashiel Smith of Freeport, Grand Bahama; Alvin and Lionel Smith of Miami, Florida; Edithmae Ferguson, Verlee Curtis; Jim Nixon of New York and family; Barbara Sweeting; Roger Nixon and family, Perky & Hugh O'Brien; Rhonda, Terry, Terria and Tyler Murray; Michael and Maria O'Brien and Marguerite Grant; Margaret Duncombe and family; Lorraine Rolle and family.
Other Relatives and Friends: Olga Butler, Rev. Ranfurly Brown, Rector of St. Agnes and the Church Family of St. Agnes Parish; Staff at the Nassau Guardian (1844) Ltd, The Tribune, Love97, Bahamas Information Services (BIS), Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS); Mary Davis and family; Pastor Malcolm, Pastor Ed Allen, Pastor Gill Maycock, Pastor Cranston and the Church family of Abundant Life Bible Chapel; the Church families of The East Street Gospel Chapel and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral; Whitney Forbes; Jacqueline and Judy Toote, the Staff of the House of Assembly, the Staff and Parents of The Learning House Preschool and Nursery and the Staff at the Registrar General's Department, Rueben G. Lodge #1560, and a host of other relatives and friends. We apologize if we missed anyone.
A special thanks to the doctors and nurses of the Accident and Emergency and Male Medical II wards at the Princess Margaret Hospital, especially Dr. Hunt, Dr. Riccardo and Nurse J. McIntosh.
Published in The Nassau Guardian on Apr. 25, 2013