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Charles S Devine

Born In: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Passed in: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Passed on: October 1st, 2008

DEVINE, Charles S.– (May 7, 1928 - Oct. 1, 2008) - His close friends Marilyn and Ron Pumphrey announce herewith that Charlie’s wonderful spirit vacated his long-suffering body early Wednesday morning. It occurred at St. Clare’s Hospital where he had been born and where his mother once worked, and until his final two days our great buddy was fully cognizant and appreciative of the professional and personal care afforded him by doctors, nurses, and other staff, and by his long-time close friend, retired nurse Mary Neary. In accordance with his wishes, Charlie’s remains have been cremated at Caul’s Funeral Home. (He put a little something aside for a wine and cheese party to be held later.) This true gentleman and uncompromising realist will be sadly missed by numerous friends and acquaintances, including fellow tenants at the Bristol Senior’s Complex, members of the Elks Club, his “country buddies,” and patrons of Christine’s Place. Charlie was the son of the entrepreneurial Louis A. Devine and Alice Hearn Devine, and grandson of historic P.K. Devine. Upon graduating with a general commercial certificate, Charlie worked in his father’s businesses until he secured an executive civilian position, with officer status, with the USAF in St. John’s, in Greenland, and in the U.S. Ultimately he moved to Labrador as a statistician with the Iron Ore Company of Canada. Having run on an Independent ticket be became the first elected MHA for Labrador West where he founded the still current newspaper “Aurora.” A noted “community man,” Charles S. Devine was elected to various responsible positions in Lab West, including the presidencies of Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. When he retired in St. John’s he became the driving force behind the establishment and promotion of the local branch of the national Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), an affiliate of the U.S. predecessor association, AARP.

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