John Devlin

September 30, 1935 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

John Devlin Obituary

John Devlin, 88 of Hamilton, NJ passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. 

John was born on September 30, 1935 in Glasgow, Scotland. At the young age of 16, John started his apprenticeship for bricklaying in Glasgow and eventually moved to Trenton, NJ with his wife Barbara and son John W. Devlin to pursue the American dream for his young family. John joined the Bricklayers Trenton Union Local Number 6 in 1960  and then went on to advance his career in 1979, when he went to work for Hamilton Township as a building inspector and retired as a sub code official in 1998. John played soccer for the German American Kickers. John also was a soccer coach for the Scotts-American club for several years and was a member of the Robbinsville Elks, where he volunteered on the crippled children’s
foundation. He was also a member of the ancient order of Hibernians, Hamilton Elks and Ocean City, MD Elks. John was an avid soccer fan. His love for the Glasgow Celtic Football Club was everything to him, besides his family. 
John was born in the Garngad neighborhood of Glasgow Scotland to Christopher and Margaret McLean Devlin. Also born that same year in  the neighborhood was Barbara Ferguson Cavanagh. They grew up together and were childhood sweethearts. They started courting at 13 and went on to marry at 21 and had their first son at 23 and moved abroad to Trenton, NJ at 24 bringing his mother in law Barbara Cavanagh and 15 year old brother in law Joseph Cavanagh to join his sister and brother in law Rebecca and Thomas Moffat in Trenton, NJ. They purchased their home in 1962 in Hamilton, where John lived until his passing. They loved the shore. John worked many side jobs to ensure his five children had a summer vacation every year in Wildwood, NJ. One summer in 1987, they went to Ocean City, MD and never looked back. They decided to purchase a holiday home. John loved being at the beach house with his family and opened the doors to all, including his beloved family still in Scotland to come for vacations. He ensured that his children and family in Scotland remained close and the miles would not keep them apart. John and Babs had a true love story. 
Son of the late Christopher and Margaret Devlin, son in law to the late Joseph and Barbara Cavanagh, brother to the late James Devlin, Jean Mullen, Christopher and Edward Devlin, brother in law to the late Rebecca and Thomas Moffat and Joseph Cavanagh, father in law to the late Natalie Devlin. He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Barbara Devlin, son John W. Devlin, daughter Barbara Ann and husband David Morales, son Christopher and wife Janet Devlin, daughter April and husband Vincent DiMatteo, daughter Darlene and husband Joseph Battista. Grandchildren, Katie Devlin, Kelsey and husband Brian Wardell, Emily Anne Devlin, Mary Catherine Devlin, Vincenzo DiMatteo, Angelina DiMatteo, Molly Devlin and Grace Morales. Sister Sadie McGregor of Glasgow, Scotland. Sister in law Barbara Cavanagh of San Antonio, TX and many nieces and nephews who were like children to him both here and abroad. 

Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the Hamilton Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home, 2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ  from 8:30 AM -10:30 AM. A memorial Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3816 E. State Street Ext., Hamilton, NJ.  Cremation is private.  Donations can be made in John’s memory to  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at  Please visit John’s tribute page at 

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January 27, 2024

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Hamilton Brenna - Cellini Funeral Home
2365 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Memorial Mass
January 27, 2024

11:00 AM
Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Hamilton, NJ
3816 East State Street Extension
Hamilton, NJ 08619


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