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Death of Jim Devine

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Jim Devine, civil ser­vant, Celtic sup­porter Born Fe­bru­ary 17, 1951, in Ren­ton Died March 3, 2017, in­Vale of Leven Jim Devine, who has died of cancer at home, aged 66, was a long-serv­ing civil ser­vant in the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane and Coul­port.

Jim started his work­ing life as a teenage stores boy in the Royal Naval Tor­pedo Fac­tory in Alexan­dria.

In 1969 he was trans­ferred to the Gare­lochside base when the Min­istry of De­fence closed down the tor­pedo tech­nol­ogy es­tab­lish­ment and switched its com­mit­ment to nu­clear weapons and sub­marines at Faslane and Glen Dou­glas.

Jim Devine was a loyal ser­vant of the min­istry for 50 years.

He gained the South At­lantic Medal, a cam­paign medal awarded to Bri­tish mil­i­tary per­son­nel and civil­ians for ser­vice in the Falk­lands War, which took place be­tween the UK and Ar­gentina in 1982.

He sailed to Port Stan­ley with the Royal Fleet Aux­il­iary’s flotilla of sup­ply ves­sels, which in­cluded RFA Re­gent, RFA Re­source, RFA Fort Austin, RFA Fort Grange and RFA Strom­ness, which was at­tacked by an en­emy A-4C Sky­hawk but sus­tained only mi­nor dam­age.

Col­leagues looked up to Jim, whom they ad­mired for his en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge of ev­ery item in the sup­ply stores and on the ships and sub­marines. Ac­cord­ing to his brother Gor­don, while he spent his time read­ing through news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines Jim was en­grossed in the MoD in­ven­tory for naval stores.

He is said to have been a painstak­ing per­fec­tion­ist in all he did and a pa­tient man­ager who was pre­pared to share in­for­ma­tion and data with col­leagues and young peo­ple, whom he helped to train.

Jim Devine was born in Ren­ton, home of the epony­mous team which won the first World Cup in 1888. He was foot­ball crazy.

He was an avid sup­porter of Celtic Foot­ball Club, whose early stars James Kelly and Neil McCal­lum also came from Ren­ton and dis­tin­guished them­selves with the vil­lagers be­fore mov­ing to Park­head.

Jim, who was ed­u­cated at St Mary’s Pri­mary School in Alexan­dria, and St Pa­trick’s High School, Dum­bar­ton, was a handy foot­baller.

He played at school and in fiercely con­tested work­s­tour­na­ments be­fore he be­came a sea­son ticket holder and in­vestor in Celtic.

Jim Devine had huge ad­mi­ra­tion for the Lis­bon Lions and would have been proud, al­though not pleased, that the funeral of one of his he­roes, Tommy Gem­mell, the Celtic left back in 1967, took place at the same time as his own on Fri­day.

Only one thing took prece­dence over Jim’s ca­reer and his foot­ball com­mit­ments and that was his fam­ily.

He was hap­pily mar­ried to Moira, a bank of­fi­cial in Dun­bar­ton­shire, who sadly pre­de­ceased him two years ago, and they had two daugh­ters.

Kerri is a doc­tor, who works as a reg­is­trar in a New­cas­tle hospi­tal, and Meghan is a so­lic­i­tor with a lead­ing law firm in Glas­gow. Kerri sang the psalm and Meghan did the read­ings at Jim’s funeral.

Parish priest Fa­ther Charles McEl­wee, cel­e­brated the funeral Mass at Our Lady and St Mark’s Church, Alexan­dria. Two for­mer priests of the parish, Canon Brendan Murtagh, and Fa­ther James Docherty, were among the con­cel­e­brants.

Fa­ther McEl­wee, who presided at the fi­nal com­mit­ment in Vale of Leven Ceme­tery, told the large con­gre­ga­tion that Jim and Moira had both given great ser­vice and sup­port to the parish for more than 30 years.

They were de­voted par­ents who gave a great ex­am­ple to their daugh­ters.

Moira was an ex­cel­lent cook and Jim was a tal­ented baker and they both made cer­tain that the priests of the parish were well fed.

Jim’s brother Gor­don, who de­liv­ered the eu­logy, said his brother was a big mu­sic fan, whose favourites in­cluded Brian Ferry and Roxy Mu­sic.

He said he was proud of him for hav­ing lived a full and in­ter­est­ing life, dur­ing which he took great plea­sure and a great deal of pride in his fam­ily and friends – and his foot­ball team.

Celtic Foot­ball Club sent a mes­sage of con­do­lence and a wreath to his funeral. Bill Heaney

He was a painstak­ing per­fec­tion­ist and a pa­tient man­ager

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