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Thomas P. Devaney
February 24, 1936 ~ October 14, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
Thomas “Tom” Patrick Devaney Sr., 87, of St. James, NY, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2023. Tom was born in Manhattan, NY, to the late Martin and Kathleen Devaney, He is preceded in death by his sisters, Catherine Boble and Margaret Arbuthnot. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Lou Devaney; his six children, Michael (Sue) Devaney, Thomas Jr. (Sharon) Devaney, Mary Lee (Aaron) Tosky, Peggy (Robert) Wymond, Robert (Jared) Devaney, and Joanne (Bill) McIntyre; his 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and his brother Martin “Joey” Devaney.
Tom graduated from Richmond Hill High School in Queens NY. He met his future wife, Mary Lou. while working for Blue Jay Markets. They married in 1959 and lived briefly in Kentucky before Tom was stationed in Korea as a US Army cook. Tom returned to Blue Jay Market in Smithtown NY, which was later acquired by King Kullen, where Tom worked for many years as a meat department Manager and area meat department Supervisor.
Tom enjoyed watching the Mets, working in his big vegetable garden (many people have especially fond memories of Tom gifting them with garlic!) and relaxing with a good cup of coffee. Tom was a long time member of the Long Island Woodworkers club and an active member of Saints Phillip and James RC Church. He will be remembered for his love for his family, devotion to his work, and his wry sense of humor. A special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and other caregivers at The Long Island State Veterans Home and Good Shepherd Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Tom’s memory to Catholic Charities, 80 Cherry Lane, Hicksville NY 11801, https://catholiccharities.cc/ or Good Shepherd Hospice, 200 Belle Terre Rd, Port Jefferson NY 11777 https://www.chsli.org/good-shepherd-hospice or a charity of your choice.