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“Dear Suzanne:About 30 years ago, David Spinazzola and myself went to Paul with an idea for a cook book designed for volunteers in soup kitchens. He...Read More »
1 of 74 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so sorry for your loss, Suzanne.What a full and rich life he lived. And how wonderful you were part of it.I hope the love and memories he...Read More »
2 of 74 | Posted by: Patricia Lawton - Bridgewater, MA

“I will miss Paul he was a giving and caring person who never turned anyone in need away. He was and remains for me a great inspiration of the highest...Read More »
3 of 74 | Posted by: MaryKay Duffy - Scituate, MA

“we will always remember you and how kind you where you came to all Bills memorable occasions we will miss you God Bless the Capuanos ”
4 of 74 | Posted by: A friend

“Suzanne and Family,Our heart felt condolences go out to you. Paul was a dear friend, mentor, storyteller and comedian at times! We will truly miss...Read More »
5 of 74 | Posted by: sarah & mark pieropan - MA

“I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences. ”
6 of 74 | Posted by: Tastery Reed - Boston, MA

“Dear Suzanne, We are sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Paul.We know that he was a wonderful person whose life was truly blessed by goodness...Read More »
7 of 74 | Posted by: John and Dottie Simmons - Mashpee, MA

“Suzanne, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers ”
8 of 74 | Posted by: E. Henry Twiggs - Springfield, MA

“Suzanne, so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you,Ellen Zane ”
9 of 74 | Posted by: Ellen Zane - Hingham, MA

“Paul Mc Devitt you were one of a kind. I am saddened at your passing and will forever be inspired by your life of love and service. ”
10 of 74 | Posted by: MaryKay Duffy - Scituate, MA

“Suzanne, My heart aches for you as you grieve the loss of your dear husband and best friend, Paul. His physical presence may be gone but his love and...Read More »
11 of 74 | Posted by: Laura McCarthy - Chicopee, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Truly an incredible guy. I was always in awe of his amazing energy in helping people. I have never known...Read More »
12 of 74 | Posted by: shawn sheehan - weymouth, MA

“We will always remember Paul for his generous spirit and his courage throughout his long illness. He was wonderfully gifted in "carrying the message,...Read More »
13 of 74 | Posted by: Thom Lipiczky - West Stockbridge, MA

“My sincere condolences to Suzanne and Paul's family on his passing.I met with him last on May 5 and he immediately had strategy ideas that he'd...Read More »
14 of 74 | Posted by: Lew Finfer - Dorchester, MA

“Your work and love touched so many.Rest in God's peace. ”
15 of 74 | Posted by: Raymond HollandT - Boston, MA

“Paul was an amazing humanitarian whose kindness touched so many lives. I was fortunate enough to have a professional and personal friendship with him...Read More »
16 of 74 | Posted by: Kathryn Coady-Wright - Braintree, MA

“It saddened my heart and spirit to hear that we lost a great man who had such great wisdom. You will be so missed... ”
17 of 74 | Posted by: Angela Fonseca - Dorchester, MA

“I was deeply saddened to learn of Paul's death. He was a great man and helped countless individuals. Paul and his family will be in my thoughts and...Read More »
18 of 74 | Posted by: Bill Silvestri - Cape Coral, FL

“Paul was an amazing humanitarian whose kindness touched so many lives. I was fortunate enough to have a professional and personal friendship with him...Read More »
19 of 74 | Posted by: Kathryn Coady-Wright - Braintree, MA

“What a great Man. I Love you Paul.Godspeed. ”
20 of 74 | Posted by: Bill Mooney - Milford, MA

“My sincere condolences to the entire McDevitt family at the loss of your beloved Paul, who obviously did so much and contributed so much to his...Read More »
21 of 74 | Posted by: Michael Stella - Dorchester, MA

“Sad to hear the news on Paul.He was a wonderful man.Kim Purdy ”
22 of 74 | Posted by: Kim Purdy - Quincy, MA

“Paul was a true generous soul and heart. I am a better person for having known him and worked with him for a brief time. Humanity has lost an amazing...Read More »
23 of 74 | Posted by: Deborah Jean Carpenter (McDevitt family) - TX

“Paul: you are truly in the palm of His hand.John ReardonPlymouth, MA ”
24 of 74 | Posted by: John Reardon - Plymouth, MA

“It was my great fortune to have met Paul at the Quincy YMCA, and my greater fortune to be on the same workout schedule with Paul for about 5 years....Read More »
25 of 74 | Posted by: Mark Gorham - Weymouth, MA

“Paul was one of the sweetest, kindest, most generous people I've ever known. He was an amazing neighbor and a great friend. ”
26 of 74 | Posted by: Catherine O'Flaherty - MA

“It is an understatement to say that Paul was a once in a lifetime occurrence. He was a great friend to many. I consider myself lucky to have been a...Read More »
27 of 74 | Posted by: John Christian - Quincy, MA

“A true Power of Example, one of AAs finest. ”
28 of 74 | Posted by: Jim Burke - South boston, MA

“Paul was a man of action who always made me ask myself, why do I not do more.Jim Dowd ”
29 of 74 | Posted by: A friend

“I have many memories, but a couple that stand out are belting out,"Bye Bye Blackbird" in the McDevitt living room with the corner gang, andworking on...Read More »
30 of 74 | Posted by: Maryanne Murphy Daley - Mashpee, MA

“Meeting Paul renewed my faith in mankind. I can truly say I'd never met anyone like him, someone who truly lived as a man for others. Paul's passing...Read More »
31 of 74 | Posted by: Jay Carey - Quincy, MA

“The golf was usually ugly but the conversation and camaraderie was a thing of beauty. Suzanne, Neil and all of Paul's family and friends you are in...Read More »
32 of 74 | Posted by: Gene Kee & Family - Tewksbury, MA

“Where others saw human imperfection and self destruction Paul saw hope. Rest in peace. ”
33 of 74 | Posted by: Roger Gill - Plumbers' Local 12

“And he shall be a light in the darkness...When I met Paul a few times through Suzanne, I was struck by his radiant smile and his eyes that saw me as...Read More »
34 of 74 | Posted by: Heidi Wyle - Weston, MA

“Paul, I can even speak through my tears?U were such a dear man ,wonderful Christian ,generous soul. So kind and aware of Catholic sisters. Thank U!...Read More »
35 of 74 | Posted by: kathleenPaul, I can I even say a word. short - MA

“Suzanne, Paul became a good friend and resource to me when I served in the legislature with you. A man of compassion and imagination... Will miss him...Read More »
36 of 74 | Posted by: A friend

“NeiLiz, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and you. ”
37 of 74 | Posted by: Marilee Finn - Peru, MA

“I always enjoy talking politics with Paul and Bernie when we worked at the MDC. May he now rest in peace. ”
38 of 74 | Posted by: Jimmy Considine - Scituate, MA

“Dear Suzanne, I regret not knowing Paul better personally but he has become someone I cared for and worried about from all of your loving stories...Read More »
39 of 74 | Posted by: Lynn Nicholas - Boston, MA

“The the McDevitt Family,To have known Paul was to be truly blessed. He helped you whether you knew it or not because everything he said was a lesson...Read More »
40 of 74 | Posted by: Micky - South Boston

“Dear Susanne,My deepest Condolences. While I am greatly saddened by Paul's passing, I am tremendously grateful that I knew him and that he was my...Read More »
41 of 74 | Posted by: Richard Fucillo - Winthrop, MA

“Suzanne, please accept my sincere condolences on Paul's passing. May his life serve as a blessing and a comfort to you and your family. Ruth Bramson ”
42 of 74 | Posted by: Ruth Bramson - Boston, MA

“Suzanne, We are truly sorry for your loss.... Many the fond memories you have of Paul help you through this difficult time... Keeping you in our...Read More »
43 of 74 | Posted by: Gail Flaherty & Leo Vezina - MA

“Dear Suzanne and Family- My condolences in learning of Paul's passing - he left a wonderful legacy of accomplishments in his lifetime- I was a...Read More »
44 of 74 | Posted by: Jim Flahive - Brighton, MA

“Dear Suzanne, My deepest sympathies to you. --We have lost a great leader, an extremely charitable person and a great friend. I had the honor of...Read More »
45 of 74 | Posted by: Joseph F. Dineen - Maui, Hawaii, HI

“SuzanneThinking of you today. So sorry for your loss ”
46 of 74 | Posted by: Amy Branger - Charlestown, MA

“Dear Suzanne, Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Paul. Mark and I first met you and Paul at David Fine's home in Housatonic. He...Read More »
47 of 74 | Posted by: Madonna Meagher - MA - Friend

“Suzanne, on behalf of the Berkshire Brigades representing all of Berkshire County, our deepest heartfelt sympathies to you and your family at this...Read More »
48 of 74 | Posted by: Sheila Murray - West Stockbridge, MA

“Dear Auditor Bump,I am truly sorry for the loss of your Husband Paul. God BlessSincerely Angela Stancato-LeBow ”
49 of 74 | Posted by: Angela Stancato-LeBow - Boston, MA

“Suzanne and all others, including me, who loved and thought so much of Paul. I am so very grateful for having known him, and i was so grateful to...Read More »
50 of 74 | Posted by: Michael McGarry - Boston, MA

“My memories of Paul are almost TNTC. Working with him to put together a Critical Response team and protocol on the Big Dig in the 1990's. Numerous...Read More »
51 of 74 | Posted by: Christine Oliver - Cambridge, MA

“SUZANNE MY SINCEREST SYMPATHY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I ONLY MET PAUL TWICE BUT I KNEW THE GENTLE AND GIVING SOUL HE WAS. I WOULD HEAR ABOUT...Read More »
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53 of 74 | Posted by: kate greineder - weymouth, MA

“Suzanne, what a beautiful synopsis of Paul's life. The only thing you left out is that Paul ministered and lived life as a true Bostonian. He loved...Read More »
54 of 74 | Posted by: Dennis O'Malley - Winchester, MA

“Always enjoyed talkng to Paul when ever I ran into him on Cleveland Ave in Braintree. Such a Good and Decent Man. God Bless Paul and his lovely...Read More »
55 of 74 | Posted by: Brian Hickman - Braintree, MA


56 of 74 | Posted by: Carl & Anne Micci - Dorchester, MA

“Suzanne,Please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss. Paul was a man of strength, love and compassion; he affected so many lives and I am...Read More »
57 of 74 | Posted by: Brian McDonald - Weymouth, MA

“Suzanne:Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Paul; an extraordinary person of strength, love and compassion. He touched so many...Read More »
58 of 74 | Posted by: Brian McDonald - Weymouth, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
59 of 74 | Posted by: Sarai Rivera - Worcester, MA

“Suzanne and family,I am reflecting on the great memories of Paul when you lived in Braintree. Loved him and what he did for mankind.Marta and Roy ”
60 of 74 | Posted by: Marta Googins

“Suzanne and family, Paul's death has left behind a legacy of compassion and love that will keep his memory and "stories" alive forever. You have...Read More »
61 of 74 | Posted by: Sissy Kelley - Milton, MA

“The lives he touched for the good the lives he changed for the good is uncountable. A beautiful soul and a beautiful spirit. May God Bless your Rest...Read More »
62 of 74 | Posted by: Bradford Ellison - Quincy, MA

“Dear Suzanne: Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences on the loss of Paul. All my thoughts and prayers are with you both. A...Read More »
63 of 74 | Posted by: Robert Delahunt Jr. - Weymouth, MA

“It is not hard to comprehend how many lives Paul has touched in positive ways. A beautifulSoul and now a beautiful spirit. May God Bless his Rest. ”
64 of 74 | Posted by: Brad Ellison - Quincy, MA

“My deepest sympathies for your loss. ”
65 of 74 | Posted by: Monique Packer - Ipswich, MA

“My deepest sympathies for your loss. ”
66 of 74 | Posted by: Monique Packer

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul's wife, family and friends, thank you Paul for everything you have done for everyone throughout your life,...Read More »
67 of 74 | Posted by: Laurie O'Brien - Quincy, MA

“Paul, you were one of a kind. You fought for people with such a zest and spirit, and too what end? Not for any personal gain...it was so "from the...Read More »
68 of 74 | Posted by: Jay Hurley - South Boston, MA

“Paul meant a tremendous amount to me who truly judged a person by the content of his character and not by his skin color. Thank you for being such an...Read More »
69 of 74 | Posted by: Chun-Fai Chan - Dorchester, MA

“To the McDevitt Family,My sincerest condolences to you on the death of your loved one. Back in the late 1960's, he was my Teacher at Hyde Park High...Read More »
70 of 74 | Posted by: Diane Felton - West Roxbury, MA

“Dan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Paul was a great guy! ”
71 of 74 | Posted by: John Comerford - Seattle, WA


72 of 74 | Posted by: Brian McMahon - Revere, MA

“My deepest condolences to Paul's family and friends. I feel blessed to have had Paul be part of my life. ”
73 of 74 | Posted by: Brian McMahon - Revere, MA

“My friend Paul, to me personally : represented that Spirit we know from childhood for many of us, read in scripture, hear in Mass services. He was to...Read More »
74 of 74 | Posted by: Jose W R Lara - Quincy, MA


McDEVITT, Paul F. Age 74 years. Of Housatonic and South Boston, formerly of Charlestown, Dorchester, and Braintree, September 12th.

Son of the late James P. and Agnes (Dunn) McDevitt.

Graduate of St. Gregory Grammar School, B.C. High, Boston College, and UMass Boston. Former Second Lieutenant in the Mass. National Guard. President of Modern Assistance Programs, Inc.

Sober one day at a time for 38 years.

Beloved husband of State Auditor Suzanne Bump.

Paul is also survived by son Neil of Housatonic, son Andrew and his wife Jennifer, and their sons Kole and Liam of Attleboro, sister Catherine Lent and her husband William of Mt. Kisco, NY, sister Marie Biggs and her husband John of Lake Forest, IL, brother Attorney Daniel McDevitt and his wife Marie Downey of Quincy, sister-in-law Joanne McDevitt of South Boston, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his brother James.

He loved his family, his home in the Berkshires, politics, college sports, the fellowship of AA, and stories, especially his own.
Paul's life was defined by service to others, with a special devotion to those burdened by addiction, mental illness, poverty, and incarceration. A Boston high school teacher in his early years, in 1967 he became the youngest person ever elected to the Boston School Committee. In the 1970's, Paul became engaged in the social activism at the Paulist Center in Boston. Cooking at the Wednesday night Supper Club for the poor and homeless led to chairing the board of Project Bread. Through the ensuing decades he helped lead Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Friends of the Shattuck Shelter, Gavin Foundation, Maria Droste Counseling Services, and Edwina Martin House, even as he continued ministering to individuals and organizations in need, whenever and wherever he found them. Julie's Family Learning Center and Haley House were other favorite organizations. This year he was honored when the Paraclete Center in South Boston, whose board he chaired, named its building McDevitt Hall.

The combination of Jesuit instruction and the reawakening of his own spirituality through Alcoholics Anonymous compelled Paul to live this life of service, which also became his profession. Modern Assistance Programs, which he founded 30 years ago, has helped thousands of area individuals and families recover from the effects of substance abuse and mental health afflictions. Paul particularly appreciated that the long-term relationships between management and worker found in unionized setting enabled him to create services which provided not just treatment but healing.

His professional achievements included a Cushing-Gavin award in 1995 from the Boston Archdiocesan Labor Guild and recognition from the National Addiction Counselor's Association.

Paul was extraordinarily gifted as a leader, mentor, speaker, counselor, and friend. Throughout his life, even during his recent illness, Paul dispensed wisdom, compassion, and humor in equal measure. He never was motivated by acclaim in his charitable or professional work. It was simply how he put his faith in action.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret Church of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 800 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, on Friday morning, September 16, at 10 A.M.

Friends may visit with Paul's family at the IBEW Local 103 Hall, 256 Freeport St., Dorchester, on Thursday, from 3-8 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Paraclete Center, 207 E Street, South Boston, MA 02127, Edwina Martin House, 678 North Main St., Brockton, MA 02301, and Maria Droste Counseling Services, 1354 Hancock St., Quincy, MA 02169.