Murray Douglas Devanney

March 10, 1924January 3, 2013

It is with deep sadness we say good-bye to our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Murray Douglas Devanney, 88, who passed away suddenly at Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Hospital on January 3, 2013, after 6 months residence.

Dad was born in Prospect, Nova Scotia, the son of Edward and May Coolen. During World War II, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Canadian army and fought for his country in Italy and Holland. Recently he was delighted with the presentation of a Century of Service Award during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, honoring those who served. He spent 43 years with Canada Post as a Railway Mail Clerk. His greatest joy in life was his family and we will always remember him for his unconditional love. He especially treasured his time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren who provided him with warmth and laughter in his later years. Dad will always be remembered for his sharp wit and dry humor, as well as his love of the Blue Jays, card games and gardening. He particularly loved his time spent in Prospect near the ocean and at the cottage in Caribou, where he and Mom spent so many wonderful days together with family.

Dad had a great love of learning, read voraciously and remained engaged and interested till his last day, always eager to discuss national and world events with friends and family; conversations were one of his primary sources of entertainment. He was a man we were always proud to call our father and his devotion to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was an example to all of us. We are thankful for the number of years we had with him.

He is survived by his children, Carol (Ken Francis), Brian (Sally ), Gary, Eric (Marion), Ellen, Dale (Harold White), Peter (Shelley) and Juli (Fred Rhodenizer).

He is also survived by grandchildren Chris (Jasmine), Robbie (Pam) and Andrew Francis; Nicole, Laura (James) and Kate Devanney; Grace Devanney; Michael (Maria) and Neil Devanney; Ashley (Sean), Liam (Kathleen) and Ben Campbell; Jennifer (Nick) and Kevin Walker; Amy Devanney; and Josh (Jolinne), Holly and Nicholas Rhodenizer.

He also leaves behind great-grandchildren Rio, Olivia, Dane and Ross Francis; Max Thompson; Oliver, Findlay and Maeve Campbell and Henry Stairs as well as sister, Kaye Schelleman and brother Gene.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Ruth (Peg); son-in-law, Donnie Campbell; brothers Edison, Gerald, Ken, Gordon and sisters, Marjorie Kidd, and Helen Devanney.

Visitation Monday, 2-4 & 6-8 at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, where Funeral Service will be held 10 am Tuesday. Burial will be held at a later date.

Donations in Dad’s memory may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice.

Rest in peace, Dad. We’ll miss you.


  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Murray Douglas Devanney

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Hardiman family

January 19, 2013

Our Devanney Cousins, we are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Mom and Dad always thought highly of Peggy and Murray. Indeed, we also have fond memories of them both. Your loving family will keep their legacey strong.

January 10, 2013

Dear Devanney Family

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing . It is so hard getting older and losing our loved ones .
Have such warm memories of our "growing up " years .
On behalf of the Miller family at 6235 Lawerence Street , our sympathies .

Valerie ( Miller ) Horne

January 8, 2013

Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My niece spoke with you last summer at White Point and I've been meaning to call you since then. After reading your Dad's obituary, it reminded me of the many weekends spent at your home while at the Mount. Your folks were very kind and it was much appreciated. I will call you soon.
Odette d'Entremont Rohland
Pubnico NS

Paula O'Sullivan Rose

January 7, 2013

Dear Ellen, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kirstin & Jordi

January 7, 2013

Dear Liam and family,
So sorry to hear about your grandfather. We are thinking of you.
Love Kirstin & Jordi

Greg Fyfe

January 7, 2013

Peter and family,

Our condolences. We are glad to have met your Mom and Dad and certainly felt the warmth.

Karen and Greg Fyfe

Maria and parents Aris and Matina, and sister Matoula Vasardani

January 7, 2013

Dear All, my family and I send our deepest condolences for the passing of beloved gramp/father Devanney. Even though I am far away, my thoughts and prayers are with you. You have a wonderful family, and your parents will always be remembered with love and admiration from anyone that was lucky to get close to them.

Craig Atkinson

January 6, 2013

Dear Josh and family, sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one.

CIU NS Local 80002

January 6, 2013

Brian - To you and your family we send our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Debra Roberts

January 5, 2013

Even though we never met, I believe that Murray Devanney was my father's first cousin. My father was Robert Falconer Devanney of Brookside. His father, Robert Joseph Devanney and Edward Devanney were brothers who grew up in Halifax on John Street. They were the sons of Robert Devanney (and Catherine Murphy). Robert's father Patrick was born in Ireland. I can see the family resemblance in the photo; I am sorry for your loss. My father died in 2003 at the age of 91. Debra Devanney Roberts, Waverley, NS formerly of Brookside.