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William O. "Bill" Devine
  • In lieu of flowers, the Devine family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Sawtelle Family Hospice House
    320 Haverhill St.
    Reading, MA 01867
  • In lieu of flowers, the Devine family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • 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...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Tom Miceli - Friend

“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. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Patti and Rick Frauton - Malden, MA

“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...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Deborah Decker Jacobson - MA

“Cristy on behalf of myself and Leanne we give our condolences of your loss.Take care. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jim Oag - Dennis, MA - Family

“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...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“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. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Michelle Pereira (Frauton) - MA

“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 ...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Mark Falco - Amherst, NH - Friend

“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,...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Kevin McCarthy - Concord, NH

“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. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: bruce harrison - Coworker


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.