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Rev. John Joseph ("Jack" "Buck") Devine

DEVINE, Rev. John Joseph ("Jack" "Buck") - Passed away peacefully in his 90th year of life at St. Mary's residence of Mount Hope Centre in London, Ontario on Sunday March 11, 2018. He was the son of the late Joseph Alphonsus Devine (1958) and Agnes Catherine (Gleeson) Devine (1977). He was also predeceased by his sisters Margaret Elizabeth Devine (2004) and Mary Frances Devine (2014). Father Devine was born and raised in London and grew up on Bruce Street attending St. Martin's Separate School and then DeLaSalle High School where he excelled academically and athletically. After High School he attended St. Peter's Seminary in London and was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1954 at St. Peter's Cathedral. He celebrated his first mass the next day at his home parish of St. Martin's. He served the Diocese of London faithfully in numerous parishes; St. Peter's (Sarnia '54-'59), Sacred Heart (Sarnia '59-'61), Our Lady of Mercy (Sarnia '61-'66), Immaculate Conception (Stratford '66-'67), Chaplain to hospitals (Windsor '67-'68), St. Joseph's (Sarnia '68-'80) and St. Ursula's (Chatham '80-'99). He retired from active parish duties in 1999 after 45 years of service and returned to London to be with his family. He continued to assist at local parishes and celebrated 60 years as a priest in 2014. Father Devine's kind, calm and humorous personality brought out the best in everyone he encountered. He brought the youth of his parishes together using the various sports that he himself had enjoyed and he motivated all people to follow his example of faithfulness and kindness in everyday life activities. He was truly a priest for everyone. A very special thank you to all the staff and volunteers at St. Mary's residence of Mount Hope for caring for Fr. Devine with kindness, respect and love. "In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me" Matthew 25:40. Visitors will be received at St. Peter's Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, on Friday morning, March 16th from 9 am until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10 am. Interment in St. Peter's Cemetery. ( JOHN T. DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME .)13259780
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Posted by Dic/Elaine Putnam (Former parishioner) On Wednesday, March 14, 2018
A truly remarkable person and priest. His smile, his humour, his walks to visit on someone's porch, taking the time to know his parishioners and last but not least his deep faith. RIP
Posted by Judy Van Kerkhoven (Parish Friend) On Wednesday, March 14, 2018
SuchA Kind , Gentle , Caring Man ! Always Took Time To Talk & Made You Feel So Comfortable & Father Always Had Kind Words. ! Was Our Priest @ St. Ursula’’s Parish ! Father Had That BEAUTIFUL SMILE !! Loved Him. GOD BLESS! ??
Remembered fondly
Posted by Deacon Gunther Eyer (Past parishoner) On Tuesday, March 13, 2018
We fondly remember Fr. Divine as a truly warm, caring, joyful and welcoming priest during the time we knew him in Chatham (St. Ursula's Parish). Our condolences to his family and friends around the world. Dcn Gunther and Jan Eyer , Niagara Falls.
Tears of Joy
Posted by Patricia Harding (Parishioner St Ursula Chatham) On Tuesday, March 13, 2018
I am shedding tears of joy as I remember all the good times we shared. I am shedding tears of joy as I picture you being greeted by Jesus and His mother Mary.I am shedding tears of joy as I remember how you helped me stretch and grow.
Posted by Karen Kovinsky Burgess (Former St. Ursula's Parish) On Tuesday, March 13, 2018
I was saddened to read of the passing of Father Devine. Father was extremely good to me around my health issue. He always made time to see me and my spirit was always lifted after our visits. Father married both my daughters and made their weddings so special. When I saw Father smoking his stogie I always got a kick out of his style. He was truly a man of God and the people. My family will always remember Father.

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