Kevin Joseph Devine
Kevin Joseph Devine, 65, of Whitehouse Station, passed away on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville.
Kevin was born April 7, 1949 in Queens, NY to parents Donald and Mary. He grew up in Queens Village as the eldest of six children.
He graduated from Bishop Reilly High School in Fresh Meadows, NY. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Kevin moved with his family to New Jersey in 1981 to pursue his career in the pharmaceutical industry. He held top-level sales and managerial positions at companies including Sandoz, FMC, and Roussel Bio Corporation. He settled in Basking Ridge in 1989, where he and his first wife raised their two daughters and proudly attended all of their soccer games, swim meets and music concerts.
He left the pharmaceutical world in 1998 to be the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at TSI, a software solutions company founded by his brother, Daniel.
In 2002, Kevin moved to Whitehouse Station, where he and his wife, Nancy, brought home the first of their beloved Golden Retrievers, Beamer. They would adopt two more Golden Retrievers, Moose and Brody, inspiring one of Kevin’s most impassioned endeavors.
He wanted a place in the community where dogs could socialize and run free of leashes, and in 2011, he founded the Dog Park in Readington. He devoted himself tirelessly to its creation, and then to its maintenance and improvement. He could always be found there on a sunny weekend day, running with his dogs and entertaining other members.
Kevin had many other passions throughout his life, including marathon running, sailing and traveling, but watch collecting brought him the most joy. He spent time with fellow IWC watch collectors at the SIHH meeting in Geneva every January, and attended many IWC events throughout the world. He loved watches, but even more, he loved the people he met in the watch community. He relished being called a “Blues Brother” with one of his best collector friends because of their shared affinity for blue watch dials.
There was no one more kind-hearted and generous. He cherished his friendships, many of which originated in childhood. He brightened every room he entered with his twinkling blue eyes and easy smile.
Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; his daughter, Katie; his siblings, Donna, Michael, Robert, Daniel and Mary Ellen and their spouses Richard, Cathy, Kathryn, Maria and Ken; and dozens of nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He is pre-deceased by his daughter, Kelly, and both parents.
Calling hours will be Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 12noon to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm with Memorial Service at 7pm. All at Grand Colonial, 86 Rt. 173, Hampton, NJ. Please use the banquet facility back entrance. For any questions on directions you may call the Grand Colonial directly at 908-735-7889.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kevin’s memory to Friends of the Dog Park in Readington, P.O. Box 518, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889 or www.dogparkinreadington.org/contact/volunteer-donate.
Arrangements by Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home in Lebanon, NJ.