Arthur Joseph ''Artie'' Devereaux, a retired letter carrier, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday afternoon, June 5, 2018. He was 84 years old.
Artie was born in Somerville. He was the son of the late Arthur and Thelma Devereaux. He grew up and was educated in Somerville. He was a graduate of Somerville High School. During the Korean War and at the age of 19, Artie enlisted in the Army. He held the rank of Corporal and was a member of Company C of the 41st Tank Battalion. He served for 2 years and was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He then worked as a bookbinder for Riverside Press in Cambridge for a number of years prior to taking a position as a letter Carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. He worked for over 25 years with the Post Office with many of those spent delivering mail to the residents and businesses in the Central Square area of Cambridge.
Artie was a man who was a kid at heart. He was a huge sports enthusiast. He played softball with his Somerville friends. His teammates nick named him “The Mighty Molecule”. He also loved playing basketball and other sports with his children and their friends. It wasn’t unusual to see a playground filled with kids and “Mr. D”. He thought it was so much fun to see how the “Old Man” did with keeping up with the kids. He also collected baseball cards and all sorts of sports memorabilia. In his later years, Artie was seen all over Somerville and the surrounding towns riding around on his red scooter. He was a bit of a kid at the family’s summer camp on Long Pond in Barrington, New Hampshire. It was a simple cottage with some rustic amenities, like an outhouse, but it was the summer gathering spot of family and friends. The kids could swim, boat, run through the woods, ride dirt bikes, and all sorts of fun activities not available in Somerville. Often Artie was the leader of the pack. The summer camp created decades of lasting memories filled with laughter and love and even a few marriages. Artie will be remembered by his family and friends as a man who was young at heart, embraced life, and brightened all the lives of those he touched.
Artie was the beloved husband of Barbara (Bennett) Devereaux. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this August. He was the proud and loving father of Arthur Devereaux & his wife Dottie of Saugus, Steven Devereaux & his wife Donna of Milford, Joyce Davison & her husband Doug of Burlington, and the late Julie Devereaux and her spouse, Christine Devereaux of Burlington. He was the brother of Daniel Devereaux of Somerville & his late wife Nancy, Donald Devereaux & his wife Marie of Reading, Michael Devereaux of Stoneham, and the late John Devereaux of Somerville & his wife, Elaine Devereaux of Wolfeboro, NH. Artie was the proud grandfather of Lauren Proctor & her husband Ed of Billerica, Leah Razumny & her husband Rich of Saugus, Nikole of Milford, Ryan & Paige of Burlington, and Clayton, Cody, & Cora Davison of Burlington and great grandfather of Baby Artie.
A Celebration of Artie’s Life will be held at Woburn Country Club, 5 Country Club Road, Woburn, MA on Sunday June 10 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Margaret’s Church on 111 Winn St., Burlington on Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. Followed by a burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to all the funeral events. In lieu of flowers memorials in Artie’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Relay for Life Burlington, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 Http://main.ascevents.org/goto/walkinators