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James J. "Jim" Devenney, Jr.

April 24, 1943 ~ February 16, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

James Devenney, Jr. Obituary

James J. Devenney, a dedicated public servant and beloved member of the Springfield, PA community, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2024, at the age of 80. Surrounded by his loving family, he bid farewell after a life rich with service, love, and devotion.

James, known affectionately as Jim to his friends and family, was born on April 24, 1943, in Philadelphia. He was the son of the late James and Helen Devenney. Jim was raised in Wynnefield by a tight-knit family where values of integrity, hard work, and compassion were instilled in him from an early age. He was a proud graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic Boys High School and Saint Joseph’s University, where he became an avid St. Joe’s Basketball fan.

Throughout his life, Jim was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was married to his beloved wife, Helen, for 52 wonderful years. Together, they shared a deep bond built on love, respect, and unwavering support for one another. Jim was a pillar of strength for his family and community, always providing guidance, assistance, and encouragement in times of need.

Jim was the embodiment of community spirit and dedication. Jim’s commitment to public service was evident in his 20-year tenure as the 6th Ward Commissioner of Springfield Township. He tirelessly worked to improve the lives of his fellow citizens, advocating for their needs, and ensuring that their voices were heard. Jim was a member of Knights of Columbus Councils, the Springfield Jaycees, Springfield Home and School Association, St. Thomas More Alumni Association, and was a basketball coach for many years. His leadership and dedication left an indelible mark in the community, earning him the respect and admiration of all who knew him.

In addition to his public service, Jim was an active member of the Catholic Church. He was an altar server until he was 21 at his childhood parish, St. Barbara Roman Catholic Church, in Wynnefield. As an adult, Jim was a devout parishioner of Holy Cross Church, where he served on the Pascal Council and as an usher for many years.

Beyond his civic and religious contributions, Jim made a career in sales, commencing as a salesperson at Donington Sales Company and ultimately ascending to the position of company owner. Following this successful venture, he redirected his focus to real estate sales, merging his adept salesmanship with a heartfelt commitment to assisting community members in achieving their dreams of homeownership.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Helen (nee Bardzik); his devoted children, Marie (Michael) Williams and Susan (Patrick) Fisher; and his cherished grandchildren, Dylan, Emily, and Madelyn.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing on Thursday, February 22, 2024, 6 to 8 p.m., at O’Leary Funeral Home, 640 Springfield Road, Springfield, PA 19064 and Friday, February 23, 2024, 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 651 E. Springfield Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Funeral Mass is on Friday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Thomas More Alumni Association in Jim’s honor.

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Services

Viewing
Thursday
February 22, 2024

6:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral Home Ltd
640 E. Springfield Rd.
Springfield, PA 19064

Viewing
Friday
February 23, 2024

9:30 AM
Holy Cross Church
651 E. Springfield Rd.
Springfield, PA 19064

Funeral Mass
Friday
February 23, 2024

10:30 AM
Holy Cross Church
651 E. Springfield Rd.
Springfield, PA 19064

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