Thomas Edward Devine died peacefully at home on March 22, 2017 in Penn Yan at the age of 70 after a long “Irish brawl” with cancer.
Visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. is scheduled for Sunday, March 26 at Weldon Funeral Home in Penn Yan, with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Elks in Penn Yan. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom Devine’s life with his family.
Tom was born on Oct 12 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He served in the U.S. Navy, with two tours in Vietnam aboard the USS Kearsarge as a Search and Rescue Air crewman with Helicopter Squadron 6 (HS6). Tom was a skilled electrician and often went out of his way to share his electrical knowledge with contractors and homeowners. The training he had in the Navy led him to a career as an electrical inspector in our area. Tom was a thoughtful and kind individual who loved his family and was passionate about advocating for veterans and the victims of Agent Orange. Over his lifetime, he was a member of the Penn Yan American Legion, Disabled American Veterans Ch.4, Wayne Fire Department, Yates County Sportsman’s Association, Keuka Lake Players and Penn Yan Ambulance Corps. Tom’s close friends and fellow VA group Veterans brought laughter and vital support during his last years. His children remember him as a generous and supportive father who encouraged them to pursue their goals. His sense of humor and practical jokes earned him the name of “Jokester Grandpa” among his seven grandchildren.
Tom is survived by his loving wife and “favorite pain in the ass” of 44 years, Marsha (Egger) Devine; three daughters: Kimberly Devine-Brink, her husband Brian Devine-Brink, their children: Reece Patterson, Aiden Patterson, Maia Devine-Brink, and Keeva Devine-Brink; Rebecca Devine, her fiancé Thomas Godbee, and their daughter, Teagan Godbee; Kelly Devine, Kyle Bruton and their children, Dylan Devine and Evie Devine-Bruton; in-laws, Loyle and Joyce (Robb) Egger; and his service dog; Bear. He was preceded in death by parents John and Mary (Glannon) Devine of Pittsburgh, Pa.
The family requests that memorial donations recognize Tom’s appreciation of the programs of the American Legion Riders Post 355 at 2001 Himrod Road, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527 and Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. New York Chapter # 1, P.O. Box 426, Bloomfield, N.Y. 14469. The family gives special thanks to the providers at the Canandaigua VA, Sands Cancer Center and Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Services for their care and compassion.