William McDevitt
William McDevitt
William McDevitt

Obituary of William McDevitt

William G. “Bill” McDevitt, 84, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at SUNY Upstate with his family by his side.

Born October 28, 1932, in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late James and Agnes Ryan McDevitt.  He received his primary education in seminaries and attended Pace University through a GI Bill.   Bill was a US Army veteran of the Korean War.  Mr. McDevitt spent his career in government service, retiring as the Deputy District Director of the Small Business Administration in 1995.

In 1961, he married Edna McKeon.  She passed away in 2007.  In 2008, he married Rosalind “Lynn” Landers Sauro.  He was a parishioner of Holy Cross Church, where he served on the Peace & Justice Committee and was past president of the Holy Cross Golf league.  He was awarded top fund raiser designation for the Alzheimer’s association, and acted as financial advisor for the Alzheimer’s support group.  Bill was an avid golfer and voracious reader. 

He is survived by his wife, Lynn; a son, Gerard (Connie) McDevitt; three grandchildren, Ailish, Kyra and Sinead, all of Jamesville, NY; four sisters, Anne Corbett of Kingston, PA, Sister Agnes McDevitt of Ben Salem, PA, Mary Phillips of Islip Terrace, NY and Alice Fielding of Riverhead, NY; a brother, James McDevitt of Ashville, NC; and his canine buddies, Amanda and Eugene. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Monday at 10 am at Holy Cross Church, DeWitt.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt.  Calling hours are Sunday from 4-7 pm at Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel, 3690 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt. 

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Helping Hounds in DeWitt.