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Lawrence D. McDevitt

June 3, 1941 ~ October 5, 2017 (age 76)

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Lawrence D. McDevitt, 76 of West Chester, PA died Thursday October 5, 2017 at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. 

He was the husband of the late Joan Johnson McDevitt.

Born June 3, 1941 in West Chester, PA he was the son of the late Hugh V. "Butch" McDevitt and the late Gladys Dawson McDevitt.

Larry was a lifetime resident of West Chester and a member of St. Agnes Church. He started his career in the newspaper business at the Daily Local News in the advertising department on May 12, 1960.  He transitioned from advertising to photography in 1970 and retired in 2011 as Chief Photographer. 

Through the years, Larry was given many awards and recognition's for his work in photography from civic, community, sports organizations, public servants, political organizations and from the Keystone Press. In September 1964, Larry was awarded the David Knipe Memorial Award which recognizes the promotion for better newspaper advertising and in 1970 received a Keystone Press Award for Spot News Pictures. He was inducted into the Ches-Mont League Hall of Fame in May 2011.

In addition to his photography he was a member of many civic organizations. A life member and past exalted ruler of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge 853, an honorary and life member of 1st West Chester Fire Company, a member of Fame Fire Company, an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police Chester County Lodge #11, a Second-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1333 and awarded Honorary Deputy Sheriff from the Chester County Sheriff's Department in August 2011. 

Above all, Larry enjoyed his time with family and friends at the Square Bar and to watch an occasional Notre Dame football game or two.

He is survived by his sons, Timothy D. McDevitt and his fiancée Anne Marie Lynch of West Chester, Kevin M. McDevitt and his wife Nadine of West Chester, PA, grandchildren, Cassandra Lynch, Paige McDevitt, Michael McDevitt, Ryan McDevitt, Kerry McDevitt, Jessica McDevitt, and a brother, Brian McDevitt of Maryland

Relatives and Friends are invited to his visitations on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 North Church Street, West Chester, PA 19380, 610-696-1181, www.DellaFH.com and on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 9:00 am - 10:45 am at the St. Agnes Church; 233 W. Gay St. West Chester, PA 19380; followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:00 am St. Agnes Church.

Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery West Chester PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First West Chester Fire Co. P.O. Box 371, 70 S. Bradford Ave. West Chester, PA 19381 and or Fame Fire Company 200 Rosedale Ave. West Chester, PA 19382 and or Goodwill Fire Company P.O. Box 3008 552 E. Union St. West Chester, PA 19380.


Charitable donations may be made to:

First West Chester Fire Co.
P.O. Box 371, 70 S. Bradford Ave, West Chester PA 19381

Fame Fire Company Capital Campaign
200 West Rosedale Ave, West Chester PA 19382
Web: http://www.famefireco.org/content/expansion/

Goodwill Fire Company
P.O. Box 3008 552 E. Union St., West Chester PA 19380



 Service Information

Visitation
Thursday
October 12, 2017

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc.
410 North Church St.
West Chester, PA 19380

Visitation
Friday
October 13, 2017

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Agnes Church
233 W. Gay St
West Chester, PA 19380

Funeral Mass
Friday
October 13, 2017

11:00 AM
St. Agnes Church
233 W. Gay St
West Chester, PA 19380

Interment will be held in

St. Agnes Cemetery
1050 Pottstown Pike
West Chester, PA 19380


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