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Jerome J. Devlin, 65, of Amherst, a retired chemical engineer, died Saturday (June 16, 2001) in the Kresge Residence at the Mitchell Campus of Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness.

Born in Lackawanna, he grew up in Derby, where he attended a one-room school, and was a graduate of Lake Shore High School. He served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957 and was stationed in Japan. He was a 1965 graduate of Canisius College.

He began his career with Pierce & Stevens Co. of Buffalo in 1963 and went to work for Bell Aerospace in Wheatfield in 1966. He was an adhesive and plastics specialist there and worked on development of the Hovercraft and jetpack propulsion.

In 1976, he went to Harrison Radiator, now Delphi Thermal Systems, in Lockport and retired last year.

He was a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

An avid traveler, skier and golfer, he also had a black belt in judo, which he taught for several years at the Downtown YMCA.

Devlin was a founding member of the Bell Ski Club and was a member of the Buffalo Ski Club.

Surviving are two sons, Paul J. of the City of Tonawanda and Brian P. of Palo Alto, Calif.; two daughters, Lynn A. and Karen Marie, both of Buffalo; four brothers, James, Shane, Kevin and Gerald, all of Hamburg; a close friend, Jeanne Long of Amherst and her daughter, Melissa Long of Rochester; his former wife, Mary Ann of Amherst; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 2050 South Creek Road, North Evans. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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