Wilfred J. Deveau

February 28th, 2018

Wilfred J. Deveau, “Wil”, age 95, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2018.

Wilfred was born on September 18, 1922, in Meteghan, Nova Scotia, Canada; he was the dear son of the late Walter and Ida (Robicheau) Deveau. Wilfred was raised in Nova Scotia and he attended school in Nova Scotia and Quebec. Following High School, Wilfred went on to continue his education and he graduated from Nova Scotia School of Nursing in Halifax Nova Scotia.

In 1949, Wilfred moved to the United States; settling with his family in Saugus, MA. Wil married the “love of his life” Yvonne Dupuis and the couple moved to Somerville in the early 1950’s and became parents to two wonderful sons Marcel and Ron. Wilfred took a nursing position at the Somerville Hospital for several years where he always treated his patients with kindness and compassion. In 1964, Wilfred and Yvonne moved to Wilmington, MA and quickly became very active in the community. Wilfred was a very devoted family man; he adored his wife, sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren; Wil cherished the time they spent together and he was so proud of each one of them.

Following several years in the Nursing Profession; Wilfred became very interested in the electronics field which prompted him to change careers and he soon became and electrical machinist for the Cambion Corporation. Wil had a great work ethic and was always willing to go the extra mile for the company; he finally retired following many years to dedicated service.

Wilfred was the personification of a Catholic gentlemen; he was very devoted to his faith through St. Thomas of Villanova Church and a faithful member of the Kinghts of Columbus, Fathe rEdmund W. Croke Council 4982. He held many positions including Grand Knight of Fr. Croke Council, Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree of the Bishop Delany Assembly, Honor Guard Member and Financial Secretary of both orders for over 32 years. His most prestigious award was as recipient of the distinguished Massachusetts State Council Knights of Columbus Bishop Minihan award. Wilfred was very involved in countless fundraisers and activities that the Knights of Columbus provided for the community and throughout the years many other awards were bestowed upon this true gentleman as a Knights of Columbus member.

Wilfred will be fondly remembered as a wonderful man and a true gentlemen; he was devoted to his family, his friends, and his community who will miss him dearly.

Wilfred was the beloved husband of the late Yvonne (Dupuis) Deveau, devoted father of Marcel Deveau & wife Judith of Bethlehem, NH and Ron Deveau & wife Karen of Port Charlotte, FL. Loving “Papa” of Marybeth, Ellen, Steven, Keri, Amanda and great-grandchildren Wyatt, Chloe, Riley, Luke and Lena. Cherished son of the late Walter and Ida (Robicheau) Deveau, dear brother of Marie Quinlan & husband Thomas of Peabody, Therese Daigle of Omaha, NE, Arthur Deveau & wife Louise of Salem, the late Gerald and Adoris Deveau. Wilfred is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment took place Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours were held at the Funeral Home on Friday, March 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The family of Wilfred would like to thank his “Brother Knights” especially Bud Callahan and several of Wilfred’s neighbors for their kindness and care they showed to Wilfred in his later years.


12 Entries in Guest Book for “Wilfred J. Deveau”

  1. Kevin P. Doherty says:

    To The Deveau Family,

    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult. Will was a gentleman in every sense of the word.
    May He Rest in Peace.

  2. Clifford D King says:

    Know that Wiil will be in my thoughts and prayers. He will be greatly missed.
    Wil was an outstanding human being.
    Rest in peace.

  3. Michelle Pichette and family says:

    A wonderful uncle and memorable in every way. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Jeff and Cheryl Cranford says:

    Want to borrow tools, when you first move to town and don’t own any? Wil and Yvonne. Want to learn how to be a good neighbor? Wil and Yvonne. Want a constant, daily, reminder of what a good man is? We had one, for over 33 years. Wil, we will forever have your example, as will your kids, and ours. Thanks for being our neighbor, and our friend.

  5. Mike Champoux says:

    Monsier Deveau was a gentleman among gentlemen. I feel fortunate for having gotten to know him and call him a friend. He will be missed. But, it gives me peace to know he has been reunited with his beloved wife in Heaven.
    Godspeed Sir Knight brother Wilfred.

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  7. Raymond Mercuri says:

    Deep sympathy for your loss. Wil was a pleasure to know and a perfect gentleman. May he rest in peace.

  8. Michael Jones says:

    The few times I met Wil he was a very pleasant man!

  9. Brenda francis says:

    My deepest marcel..judy..marybeth..ellen..steven..and wyatt..many memories..take you all..

  10. Thomas Flaherty Sr says:

    Will was a great friend and brother Knight. I have known him all my life and will miss him deeply. May he rest in peace!!

  11. Julie Brundle says:

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss Marcel and family
    Thinking of you
    Rest In Peace PApa
    It was an honor to have known you

  12. Joe and Deb Sousa says:

    It was a privilege to have Mr. Deveau as our neighbor, living behind him for 32 years was great! He was the nicest man. He will be greatly missed! We are sorry we couldn’t make his services.

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