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Thomas H. Devitt

March 10, 1928 July 20, 2020
Thomas H. Devitt
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Obituary for Thomas H. Devitt

Thomas Henry Devitt left to be with his dance partner of 66 years, on July 20th, 2020. Tom was 92 years old and had only recently decided he didn’t need another car after his lease was up this month.

Tom’s first love was Margaret who left this earthly realm only last month. Last week when Tom reported seeing her we knew how much he missed her and wanted them to be together.

Tom’s second love was hockey. He shared that love with his boys, Mark (Felicia) and Kevin whom he coached and shuttled around endlessly to hockey rinks and tournaments. Hockey was such a central part of his life that his youngest daughter Julie (Philip) asked to play hockey long before there were girls teams (sadly she was told she had to ‘figure skate’, yuck). Tom’s other daughter Karen (Greg) was too sophisticated for hockey, preferring horses instead. Living in Detroit, Tom was naturally a big Red Wings fan. With that team, he lived through the good times, the bad times, the good times and once again the bad times. During those times, he could be found in his comfy chair shouting either ‘all right!’ or uttering a few choice phrases that he surely didn’t learn from the nuns who taught him and his surviving siblings Joe and Eileen at St. Benedict’s High School (they did teach him amazing penmanship, however).

Tom was a long-time resident of Birmingham, MI where he was also employed by the city and worked for more than 25 years. In 1988, Tom suffered cardiac arrest and was saved by coworkers who acted swiftly (thank you gents). He then quit smoking cold turkey and took up jogging which he did faithfully for the next 20 plus years. He went through shoes like there was no tomorrow. Tom was also a voracious reader. He loved a good Jack Higgins or Michael Connelly novel and was working his way through a John Sanford at the time of his passing.

Tom leaves behind five grateful grandkids (Connor, Paige, Penn, Hailey and Keegan) who have fond memories of doing fun things with Grandpa like going to the Dream Cruise, taking long lunches for one-on-one chats, snacking on muffins, spending all day at the pool together or getting the inevitable query about when the sleek sports car would arrive.

There are also a couple of things that Tom didn’t care for and those included smiling when having his picture taken and talking on the phone (“let me get Margaret”).. Finding good pictures of him for the service is going to be a challenge.

Tom was a good hearted soul with a calm temperament and good sense of humor. We loved him and will miss him.

A memorial gathering for Tom will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 Crooks Road, Clawson, MI 48017 on Saturday July 25th, 2020 from 2-5pm . Tom will be interred at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI as he was a member of the Coast Guard during WWII.

Any donations on behalf of Tom can be directed to Reading is Fundamental at their website


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