INDIALANTIC, Fla. – James W. Devine, 81, of Indialantic, a retired school teacher/coach, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.
James was born Sept 23, 1931, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Frank and Margaret (Smith) Devine. He received his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in 1955. He played both football and baseball and was the captain of the 1955 Western Michigan University football team.
He was an avid sports fan. He coached both football and baseball for both high school and junior high school.
In 1993, James retired from Johnson Junior High School after 33 years of teacher. He also taught and coached in Stephenson and Iron River.
James enjoyed both hunting in Michigan and fishing in Florida.
He is survived by his daughters, Denise Williams, Patrice Devine and Therese Devine; a son, James Devine; stepdaughters, Brenda Gough and Barbara Sella; four grandchildren, James Slattery, April Williams, Ashlee Williams and Alexander Hill; three great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marie Devine of Norway; nephews, Frank (Renee) Devine and Rob Devine III of Norway; and great-nieces, Tara-Dana, Logan and Payton Devine, all of Norway.
He was preceded in death by Eunice Devine, his beloved wife of 34 years and a brother, Robert Devine.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 19 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.