Henry S. Devos

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE — Henry S. Devos, 94, well-known re­tired Cam­bridge jeweler passed away peace­fully at his home Tues­day, March 29, 2016. His wife Dar­lene was at his side.

Born Aug. Os­tend, Bel­gium, Henry was one of three chil­dren of the late Elvirie Har­teel and Oswald Devos. He at­tended pri­vate Catholic schools in Os­tend and took some part time work as an ap­pren­tice learn­ing the jew­elry trade in a store next to where the fam­ily lived.

In May 1939, Henry im­mi­grated to the U.S. He found work at a watch re­pair shop in New York. Af­ter about a year, he moved to Prov­i­dence, R.I. to work at a top end watch shop.

At the sug­ges­tion of his fa­ther, who was then a Cap­tain of a U.S. Lib­erty Ship, Henry ap­plied for ser­vice in the Mer­chant Marines in mid 1941. He served on Lib­erty ships from New Port News to North Africa to Mar­seilles. Af­ter the war, he was dis­charged as an of­fi­cer. Although he was only six months away from op­por­tu­nity to be a Cap­tain he was more anx­ious to



in re­turn home and open his own watch and jew­elry shop.

Henry first took a job in a shop in Nor­folk, Va., and later moved to El­iz­a­beth City, NC. In De­cem­ber 1946, he came to Cam­bridge to open as his own store. He moved to Cam­bridge in Jan­uary 1947 and opened his store Feb. 5, 1947. Devos Jewel­ers be­came a suc­cess in down­town Cam­bridge and known by all. On Dec. 31, 1960, he mar­ried Mar­ian Win­ter. From this mar­riage was born his daugh­ter Ellen. Henry and Mar­ian built a lovely home on the Chop­tank River, and she worked with him at the jew­elry store for the rest of her life. Mar­ian died of can­cer on April 1, 1975.

Henry op­er­ated his jew­elry store un­til his re­tire­ment in 1989. Through­out his life, Henry was an avid sailor. Over the years he owned 49 sail­boats. Noth­ing brought him more plea­sure than be­ing free on the seas. Af­ter re­tir­ing, he also en­joyed wood­work­ing. He was a metic­u­lous crafts­man and built some won­der­ful fur­ni­ture pieces. Henry had been a long-term mem­ber of the Cam­bridge Yacht Club.

On Jan. 20, 1993, he mar­ried Dar­lene Gra­zier. They en­joyed trav­el­ing, jok­ing that they had three hon­ey­moons be­cause they vis­ited Bel­gium, Florida and Ari­zona early in their mar­riage. To­gether they en­joyed their re­tire­ment years. Each was good for the other and they had a won­der­ful “golden years” life to­gether. She cared for him lov­ingly in his fi­nal days.

Sur­viv­ing is his wife of 23 years, Dar­lene; daugh­ter Ellen (DeVos) Win­ter and hus­band David Dun­can of Liv­ingston, Mon­tana; grand­chil­dren Sula Dun­can, Ira Dun­can and Asa Dun­can, along with many friends.

He is pre­ceded in death by his young daugh­ter, Diane Devos, who died in May 1949, his par­ents, his brother Charles, and his sis­ter Vera, both of Os­tend, Bel­gium.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at noon Fri­day, April 8, at the Mary­land East­ern Shore Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery Chapel, Hur­lock, with mil­i­tary honors. Of­fi­ci­at­ing will be Rev. Wil­liam Davis. In­ter­ment will fol­low.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions can be made to Pleas­ant Day Adult Day Care, 2474 Cam­bridge Belt­way, Cam­bridge MD 21613 or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Sal­is­bury MD 21802.

Ar­range­ments en­trusted to New­comb and Collins Fu­neral Home, P.A., Cam­bridge, MD 21613.

To send on­line con­do­lences, visit www.new com­b­collins.com.


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