Educator, 74. John E. Devine of Ridgefield, CT, beloved teacher, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2016 at New York Presbyterian Hospital, with his wife of 50 years by his side. John was a well respected high school English teacher who taught in New York City schools Charles Evans Hughes in Manhattan, Tilden in Brooklyn, and Evander Childs in the Bronx. After retiring, he spent the next 17 years teaching at Keio Academy of New York, retiring a second time only recently after forty-eight years in the classroom altogether. John was a devoted family man, an avid New York Rangers fan and dog lover; he loved to cook, do crossword puzzles, read, run, go antiquing, and spend time at the family cottage in Maine. He was born February 14, 1942, in Malverne, NY, the son of Angela and John E. Devine Sr., an advertising executive. He is survived by his wife, romance novelist Thea Devine, his two sons Michael and Thomas, a grandson Emmanuel, his brother Dalies and his wife Susanne, nieces, Katie, Amy, and Jill, and several cousins, great-nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm, at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ROAR Donofrio Family Animal Shelter, 45 South Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.
Published in New York Times on Dec. 20, 2016.