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Michael Joseph Devine
November 3, 1998 ~ February 6, 2022 (age 23) 23 Years Old
Michael Joseph Devine, 23 of Oceanport, NJ, passed away on February 6, 2022. He was born on November 3, 1998 in Red Bank, NJ, the son of Kathleen Devine (née Beyer) and Donald J. Devine. He was a beloved son of his parents and a treasured brother of Mary Rose and Robert Devine.
He attended Wolf Hill Elementary School, Maple Place Middle School, Red Bank Catholic High School, and graduated from Shore Regional High School in 2017. Michael played football for the Shore Pop Warner program for 8 years, for Red Bank Catholic and Shore Regional High Schools, the latter of which he was a varsity member of the 2015 State Championship team, and at Kenyon College. He studied European History at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, graduating in 2021. He loved being a Kenyon Lord as a student, football player, football coach, and friend. He was also a brother of the Chi chapter of Delta Tau Delta.
Michael was passionate about learning about his Irish heritage. During the Spring of 2020, he studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland as part of the Arcadia Abroad Program, focusing on Irish History courses.
Michael was pursuing his aspirations of becoming an attorney. Over the past year, he had dedicated himself to learning more about the law by working as a paralegal at John P. Brennan, Jr. Law. He had recently been accepted to multiple law schools, all of which had offered him academic scholarships.
During his free time, Michael volunteered as a football coach for Shore Pop Warner, instilling his love for the game in other young men. He enjoyed traveling to Boston, Washington D.C, Gambier, Notre Dame, and Austin to visit and celebrate life with his friends and family. Michael was an avid sports fan, being especially passionate about the Kenyon Lords, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, the New York Giants, and the New York Yankees. He also had a deep love for music.
Michael’s infectious joy, calming nature, and caring heart impacted all who he encountered, weaving a web of community and friendship in every place he lived. While the loss of Michael creates an immeasurable void, those he connected with will continue to feel his love and joy, and will spread it to others.
Michael is survived by his parents, Kathleen of Lakewood, NJ and Donald J. of Red Bank, NJ; his sister Mary Rose of Willington, CT and his brother Robert of Austin, TX; his maternal grandfather, Robert Beyer of Nutley, NJ; his paternal grandmother, Joan Devine of Red Bank, NJ; his godparents, Chuck and Ellen McFadden; his aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends made in New Jersey, at Kenyon College, and all of the other places he spent time.
Michael joins his maternal grandmother, Irene Beyer and paternal grandfather, Donald D. Devine, in eternal life.
Family and friends may visit on Sat., Feb 12th from 5-8 PM and Sun., Feb 13th from 2-4 PM at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave.. Red Bank, NJ, 07701. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Mon., Feb 14th 9:30 AM at St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, 121 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown, NJ.
Charitable contributions supporting some of Michael’s passions may be sent to the following locations: Shore Blue Devils Youth Football and Cheer, P.O. Box #341 West Long Branch, New Jersey, 07764, or Divine Providence Foundation In Memory of Michael J. Devine, 227 E. Bergen Pl., Suite 7, Red Bank, NJ 07701.
The friends of Michael Devine have also created an online portal for charitable donations.