In memory of
LT. COLONEL WILLIAM J. DEVLIN
In memory of
LT. COLONEL WILLIAM J. DEVLIN
DEVLIN WILLIAM J., LT. COLONEL USMC Veteran of the Pacific campaign in WWII and the Korean War, age 99, of Gwynedd Estates, passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2021 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Loving father to Jeanne Brennan (Bob), Cathie Owens (Mike) and William J. Devlin, Jr. (Patricia). Adored by his six grandchildren Shawn, Melanie, Hilary, Michael, Kate and Maura and 15 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Jean Devlin, in 2017. Jean was his true love and his care and dedication, especially during the last years of her life, was an inspiration to all. Mr. Devlin was a proud native son of Philadelphia born in Kensington (Ascension of Our Lord Parish), raised in West Oak Lane (St. Athanasius) and longtime resident of the Bustleton section (Maternity BVM). He was educated by the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Academy and this made a lasting impression on him his whole life. He enlisted in the Marines in early 1942 while attending LaSalle College. He was commissioned and deployed to the Pacific. He returned to Philadelphia in 1946 and coached track at LaSalle College (1948-50) while teaching high school history in the Philadelphia Public School system principally at Lincoln HS. He earned his Master degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1947 and thereafter continued his doctorate work at Penn. In 1951 he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War serving as Combat Cargo Officer aboard the USS Okanogan an attack transport designed for amphibious assaults. In 1963 he was elected Republican City Chairmen of Philadelphia and spent the next 17 years in politics. In 1967 he was an elected delegate to attend the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention and was Co-Chairmen of the Legislative Apportionment Committee. In 1980 he was appointed First Deputy Prothono- tary of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas where he served until his retirement in 1996. Mr. Devlin loved America. He believed in its greatness and worked his life for it to be a country with liberty and justice for all. His Funeral Mass will be Tuesday January 19th at 11 A.M., St. Alphonsus Church, 33 Conwell Dr., Maple Glen, PA 19002. Int. Resurrection Cem. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing at the Church after 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers donations to the Semper Fi Fund ( www.semperfifund.org ) would be appreciated. www.mayfuneralhome.com
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In memory of
LT. COLONEL WILLIAM J. DEVLIN
DEVLIN WILLIAM J., LT. COLONEL USMC Veteran of the Pacific campaign in WWII and the Korean War, age 99, of Gwynedd Estates, passed away peacefully on Jan. 9, 2021 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Loving father to Jeanne Brennan (Bob), Cathie Owens (Mike) and William J. Devlin, Jr. (Patricia). Adored by his six grandchildren Shawn, Melanie, Hilary, Michael, Kate and Maura and 15 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Jean Devlin, in 2017. Jean was his true love and his care and dedication, especially during the last years of her life, was an inspiration to all. Mr. Devlin was a proud native son of Philadelphia born in Kensington (Ascension of Our Lord Parish), raised in West Oak Lane (St. Athanasius) and longtime resident of the Bustleton section (Maternity BVM). He was educated by the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Academy and this made a lasting impression on him his whole life. He enlisted in the Marines in early 1942 while attending LaSalle College. He was commissioned and deployed to the Pacific. He returned to Philadelphia in 1946 and coached track at LaSalle College (1948-50) while teaching high school history in the Philadelphia Public School system principally at Lincoln HS. He earned his Master degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1947 and thereafter continued his doctorate work at Penn. In 1951 he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War serving as Combat Cargo Officer aboard the USS Okanogan an attack transport designed for amphibious assaults. In 1963 he was elected Republican City Chairmen of Philadelphia and spent the next 17 years in politics. In 1967 he was an elected delegate to attend the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention and was Co-Chairmen of the Legislative Apportionment Committee. In 1980 he was appointed First Deputy Prothono- tary of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas where he served until his retirement in 1996. Mr. Devlin loved America. He believed in its greatness and worked his life for it to be a country with liberty and justice for all. His Funeral Mass will be Tuesday January 19th at 11 A.M., St. Alphonsus Church, 33 Conwell Dr., Maple Glen, PA 19002. Int. Resurrection Cem. Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing at the Church after 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers donations to the Semper Fi Fund ( www.semperfifund.org ) would be appreciated. www.mayfuneralhome.com
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William R. May Funeral Home
354 North Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
Past Services ╲╱
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