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Joseph C Devine Jr, 75, of Dover, MA, passed away peacefully at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital on December 16th. Born in Boston February 5, 1946, to Helen (McCurdy) and Joseph C Devine, he was a lifelong resident of Dover.
After graduating from Dover-Sherborn High School, Class of '65, Joe took courses at Boston Architectural Center.
During the Vietnam War, Joe enlisted in the Army, served in the Massachusetts National Guard for 6 years and was honorably discharged in 1971 at the rank of E4. He then had a very successful and rewarding career at Howard Brothers of Westwood where he was a painter and carpenter who specialized in stairways. For 15 years he drove the after school van for the Charles River YMCA.
Public service was important to Joe. He was an active member of the Dover Fire Department and an EMT. Joe served as Troop Committee Chairman for Dover BSA, Troop 1, leading many high adventure trips. He also represented the Dover Council on Aging for the Caryl Management Advisory Committee, was an original member of Pine Valley Snowmobile Club, as well as a member at the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and Most Precious Blood Parish.
His many interests and hobbies included bowling, snowmobiling, eating lobster dinners, vacationing in Aruba, creating and making latch hook rugs, puttering at his work bench on home projects and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Elizabeth, his son Brian and his wife Christine, his grandchildren, Kyle and Lily, and his sister, Carol Jackman. He will be forever remembered by many caring nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Monday January 10, at 11 am at Most Precious Blood Church, Dover. Visiting hours will be held at Holden-Dunn-Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High St, Westwood on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 2 pm to 5 pm. Interment at Dover Highland Cemetery, with military honors. Family will be receiving guests at his residence following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dover Firefighters' Relief Association, PO Box 193, Dover MA 02030.