Sean Devlin R.I.P.

The community of St. Joseph’s G.A.C. was recently greatly saddened by the death of Sean Devlin R.I.P. Sean was born on September 3rd 1940, the eldest child of John and Anna Mary, whose other children were Jim, Joseph (both deceased), Malachy and Bridie. Sean was a devoted husband to Mary, his wife of over 57 years; a loving father to Anthony, Michael, Colette, Kieran and Brenda and a cherished grandfather to his 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sean had been a stalwart club member of St. Joseph’s for over 60 years and also a well respected member of his local community. Over the years, Sean held many positions in both club and County; as team manager his proudest moment was winning the Intermediate Championship in 1984 with a team which included his three sons. Other club positions included Club Chairman and Club Referee where he had the honour of refereeing a County Minor Football Final between St. John’s and Cargin. He was also a Trustee and Committee member of the club. He was inducted into the Club’s Hall of Fame some years ago. He was club delegate to South West Committee and was Secretary of County Antrim Referees Appointments Committee. All of these responsibilities were discharged with diligence and good humour. Sean was always greatly interested in Scór and for many years participated in the ‘Novelty Act’ competition with his wife Mary and other club members; achieving success at County and Ulster level. As a lifelong Pioneer, he also took part in Readori competitions. Despite his illness Sean was still a regular spectator at local matches until a few weeks ago. Despite European holidays and cruises Sean’s favourite holiday was a weekend in Bundoran and his family facilitated a last visit to the resort just three weeks ago. Sean will be remembered with great affection by his many friends and neighbours in Glenavy, Antrim and further afield. Until we all meet again, may his gentle soul rest in peace.   Joe O’Boyle