George E. Devine Jr., a long-time Huntington resident, died Thursday at age 92.
Jane Devine, his wife of 62 years, is known for her work in local politics and government. He is also survived by their three children, twins George III and Jane (Campion), and Anne, and six grandchildren.
He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from St. John’s University in Queens where he earned an undergraduate degree in 1952 and a law degree in 1955. A fundraiser for St John’s University, Devine spearheaded raising funds for a special undergraduate scholarship named for the former Lewis Avenue location of the university. In 2019, St John’s awarded him the Pietas Medal because of his devotion to the university.
After law school, he joined the Navy where he served for four years, acting as naval liaison to Grumman, the Long Island aerospace giant. He worked in various departments there until his retirement. At the time of the Apollo moon landing, he was Grumman’s director of material and purchasing. He later became president of InfoConversion, a Grumman division that converted paper records into microfilm for Wall Street and government clientele.
He was a 50-year volunteer in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving in many capacities in Flotilla 22, based in Eaton’s Neck.
Visitation is Monday at the Nolan Funeral Home in Northport, from 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Centerport on Tuesday at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to George’s favorite charities: St John’s University, Fr. C Meyer Lewis Avenue Alumni Scholarship Fund, 8000 Utopia Parkway, ATTN: Donor Relations, Queens, NY 11439 www.stjohns.edu/GeorgeDevine or St. Joseph’s (Lakota) Indian School, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57326, www.stjo.org