Becker Funeral Home

219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ


John Francis "Jack" Devaney

May 17, 1939March 17, 2017
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John Francis Devaney, age 77, of Emerson, New Jersey passed away March 17, 2017. He was born on May 17, 1939 in NYC, New York. He worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation. He is survived by his wife Anne; his six children, Eileen Mueller; Cathleen Harvey; John “Jack” (Eileen); Michael; Elizabeth (Andy) Roberts; Regina (Neil) Ewers; and his eleven grandchildren, Jared; Ryan; Rachel; Tara; Jack; Ella; Cassie; Nolan; Graham; Kieran; and Anna. John Devaney, known to his family and friends as ‘Big Jack’, passed away on March 17, 2017, St. Patrick’s Day. Jack had expressed the belief that he would make it until his 78th birthday on May 17th, knowing how much it would mean to his family to be able to celebrate his birthday with him, one more time. Unfortunately, that desire remained unfulfilled, but his family found some small comfort in his passing on St. Patrick’s Day. Jack was born in NYC and had a life-long interest in, and a love of, all things Irish. That interest found it’s greatest expression in his enduring love, and appreciation for, his wonderful wife Anne. Anne was the absolute light of his life, which he told her often – when he wasn’t busy joking with her or teasing her. Anne will find solace in the certainty of his love for her, the memories they shared and the loving, happy family they created together. Family and friends were Jack’s primary focus during his life. He also enjoyed travel and reading. Reading extensively broadened his world almost as much as travelling did. Jack was a tall man with a larger-than-life personality and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Thank you to the staff at Alaris at the Chateau, and the Hackensack University Medical Center, especially the hospice staff at HUMC. The family appreciates all Jack’s friends and colleagues who visited him during his illness, especially his close friend John Ardizone. The memory of a good person is a blessing. Proverbs 10:7

The family will receive their relatives and friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Monday, March 20 from 2-7PM. The Funeral Mass celebrating John’s life and faith will be held at Church of the Assumption, Emerson, NJ on Tuesday, March 21 at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, it would be most meaningful to Jack, to make donations to your local food bank or homeless shelters.



  • Visitation Monday, March 20, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 21, 2017


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Theresa Walsh and Ann Walsh Cermak/Sweeney Families

April 8, 2017


You and Jack are two of our favorite people. Our hearts break over the loss of Jack. We love him so. God bless you and your beautiful family during this sad time. A hug and a kiss.

Theresa Walsh-Cermak and Ann Walsh-Sweeney

Bob Levant

April 7, 2017

I remember the first time i met Mr Devaney i was in the den at the house Mike went upstairs to tell his parents i was over, i could hear him talking but couldn't make out what he was saying when suddenly this booming voice rang out"WHO THE HECK IS BOB LEVANT??" i couldn't help but to laugh. Mike came down we looked at each other and he had this big grin on his face, What a great man and a great family my condolences to you all

April 4, 2017

10Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.

March 29, 2017

My sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one.I hope you and your family can find comfort in God's promise to us at 1Cor.15:26.


Kathy Kloot

March 25, 2017

Dear Ann and family
I have so many happy memories receiving emails from Jack for many years since meeting you both with Kathleen when in New York. The last email I received was on 12 March.

Farewell Jack! A gentle man.

Prayers and thoughts to all xx

Kathy Kloot
Corrimal, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Kathy McAloon

March 23, 2017

Dear Ann and family, So sorry to hear of Jacks passing - I have such fond memories from my days at DSNY 1985 - 1995 celebrating St. Pattys Day with Jack and crew- Jack was one of the good guys and I'll always remember him with the respect he deserves - and if our Irish prayers are true I'm sure the road did rise to meet him and that God held him in the palm of his hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

March 23, 2017

We have many fond memories of Jack when we were still living in New York. Our prayers are with his Family
Celeste and Rich Grunwald

Christine Staskowski

March 22, 2017

A farewell to a gentle giant

Peadar Doherty

March 21, 2017

Fond farwell memories. Rest In Peace big man until we meet again. Thoughts and prayers with my sister Ann and family.

Gina Grannell

March 21, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Uncle Jack will be missed. Love to all ❤ xxx