James Joseph Devlin, 82, of Cape Coral, formerly of Bellefonte, Pa., died Tuesday, April 3, 2012. He was born in Snow Shoe, Pa., on May 28, 1929, to Sarah Butterworth Devlin and Victor Francis Devlin.
"Dear Old Dad" is survived by his three daughters who proudly share his wicked sense of humor, Debbie (Calvin) Zook of Martinsburg, Pa., Mary (Joseph) Lynch of Riverdale, N.Y., and Beth (Dawn) Devlin-Keune of Cape Coral.
His former daughter-in-law, Grace (Mike) Devlin Skov, resides in Estero.
James Joseph Devlin
"Pappy Jim" also leaves behind four grandchildren, including Megan (Peter) Porcaro of Natick, Mass., Scott (Wendy) Zook of New Enterprise, Pa.; Patty Devlin of New Haven, Conn., and J.P. Devlin of New York City; and three great-grandchildren,Collin Porcaro, Luke Porcaro and Zachary Zook. He is also survived by a brother, Richard of Mifflintown, Pa., and a sister, Bonnie Trombley of Fulton, MOo., as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved only son, James Patrick Devlin.
Mr. Devlin was a truck driver until his retirement and relocation to Florida in 1989. He then worked part-time as a condo maintenance man until November 2010. He loved spending time with his family, whether in person or on long phone calls. He liked to travel, go to casinos (especially Las Vegas) and collected replica cars and trucks. He was a relentless sports fan, watching any and all college sports that he could on his ridiculously large TV. He was a Penn State fan. He also loved to read and was a regular at the Cape Coral Library.
He lived by three ideals, Tell the Truth, Do Your Best Every Day and Go To Work.
The Fuller Metz Funeral Home in Cape Coral handled the cremation. He disliked large funerals and never saw the point of a memorial service, so in honoring his wishes, the family will have a small gathering at his favorite restaurant to remember him and laugh together, another thing he loved to do, and did often.
Please visit www.fullermetz.com to leave a condolence to the family.