William O. "Bill" Devine

  • Born: November 1, 1958
  • Died: February 22, 2020
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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William O. Devine, 61 of Stoneham, passed away at home on February 22, 2020 following a long illness. His lifelong partner of 40 years, Christine Mitchelson, with whom he shared wonderful memories of their life together, cared for him during his illness.

Bill was born in Malden on November 1 , 1958 to the late William A. and Rose G. (Verrengia) Devine. He leaves his sister Christine (Devine) Frauton and her husband Ronald of Chelmsford; his nephew, Adam and his wife Kristyn of Medway; his niece, Noelle (Frauton) Schreiber and her husband Michael of Derry, NH. In addition, he was great uncle to Luke, Shawn, Bryanna, Erik and Alyssa Frauton and Kyle and Jordyn Schreiber.

Bill was a 1976 graduate of Malden High School. Bill became a "triple Husky" from Northeastern University in Boston. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and continued his education earning Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Although Bill never obtained his Ph.D. he was a true scientist.

After graduation, Bill began his 40-year working career at RCA in Burlington and stayed during the sale of the plant to General Electric. He continued at GE where he grew his career in the industry and established himself as an immerging leader in new business development.

Over the past 25 years, Bill worked at BAE Systems in Nashua, NH continuing his career interest in the area of new business development. His job took him all over Europe and the United States. He always wanted a job that included travel and he found one that he truly enjoyed.

When Bill wasn't travelling on business, he and Christie enjoyed many vacations together. Their favorite type of travel was cruising and the destination was not important as long as there were days at sea so they could enjoy reading their books and looking at the ocean together.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Sunday March 1, 2020 from 2:00-5:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Monday morning March 2nd at 9:00AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose at 10AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment at Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden is planned for a later date and will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name to Sawtelle Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St. Reading, MA 01867 or to the American Cancer Society, 125 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.


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Bill was such a good friend and companion. We met in college and became instant friends. We shared many of the same outlooks and views on life as engineers. He was an excellent engineer and I enjoyed being in classes with him. As our friendship grew we traveled together on college spring breaks and after that on cruises and trips to the Caribbean. Every time we spent together was enjoyable. I can't remember a bad time together. Later in life we would get together for dinner with our fellow Huskies and enjoy talking about politics, current events and family updates. Bill was a quiet professional and went about his business. Bill was taken from us way too early. We will miss him dearly

Posted by Tom Miceli - Friend   March 01, 2020

To Christie, Christine, Ron and all of the nieces and nephews, we are saddened by Bill's passing. May he rest in the hands of God.

Posted by Patti and Rick Frauton - Malden, MA - Family   March 01, 2020

I was so saddened to learn of Bill's passing. I worked with him at GE in the late 80s-early 90s; only for a few years. But he had such a positive impact on me. I will always remember his sense of humor, the fun times at the 99 and how he always dressed so nicely. My condolences to his family and friends. May his memory be for a blessing.

Posted by Deborah Decker Jacobson - Brookline, MA - Coworker   February 29, 2020

Cristy on behalf of myself and Leanne we give our condolences of your loss.Take care.

Posted by Jim Oag - Dennis, MA - Family   February 28, 2020

The pain of losing someone in death is the most devastating pain that one can feel.may God the father comfort strengthens and soothed the families and friends.my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families during this difficult time of grief and pain.
-GP/LM

Posted by A friend   February 27, 2020

Dear Aunt Christine, Uncle Ron, Adam and Noelle. Very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, brother-in-law and Uncle. May he rest peacefully.

Posted by Michelle Pereira (Frauton) - Billerica, MA - Family Friend   February 26, 2020

I have known and worked with Bill for nearly 40 years. I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt he was a gentleman, a quiet professional, a bold innovator, and a good friend. I met Bill at RCA back in the day and we were both Husky's. . My (now) wife Nancy was an admin at RCA and also knew Bill. We were both saddened by his passing. I knew he was suffering but he never once complained. He is an inspiration and model of grace. Bill will be missed and remembered. God Bless and my sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Mark Falco - Amherst, NH - Friend   February 26, 2020

Very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I worked with Bill on many video projects here at BAE Systems over the years. He was demanding but polite, and very professional. A sharp dresser, he had a wry sense of humor. Very nice guy all around. He will be missed here.
Kevin McCarthy

Posted by Kevin McCarthy - Concord, NH - Coworker   February 26, 2020

Bill was always filled with life and vigor, every time I talked to him. He always looked at the bright side of a precarious situation.

Posted by bruce harrison - Coworker   February 26, 2020


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