Reginald Lewis McDevitt

LAMOINE — Reginald Lewis McDevitt passed away March 16, 2011, at his home in Lamoine. He was born Nov. 19, 1923, on North Street, Ellsworth Falls, to Manfred L. and Helen L. (Smith) McDevitt.


Reg graduated from Ellsworth High School, Class of 1942. He started work at a young age helping his dad deliver grain and hay all over the local area and Mount Desert Island. He purchased wood lots and harvested from stump to mill, much by hand. He then owned and operated his own business handling freight, U.S. mail and hauling Canadian bricks for many buildings in Ellsworth and the vicinity. Reg’s youthful ambition was to become a pilot during World War II but due to a football injury he was not accepted, noting that the doctor thought it would be too costly to repair. He was invited to join the Ellsworth Police Department, which he did and served as chief of police for 15 years as well as being a Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy. Along with being chief of police, he was also the city marshal, civil defense director, truant officer and animal control officer. He was truly a jack of all trades and also a master of many. In 1975, he became chief civil deputy until his retirement in 1997. Reg’s intent upon retirement was to write a book, but he decided that without using names, his stories would lose their color. His job took him far and wide in Washington, Penobscot, and Hancock counties searching for named persons to serve. For his choice of uniform, he was well known as the “Man in Black,” which resulted in a big grin and hearty laugh from Reg. Throughout his life, Reg was well known for his physical strength – many have remarked that he was the strongest man that they ever encountered. His physical strength, however, was merely a shadow compared to his wonderful character and beautiful spirit. A resident of Lamoine for over 50 years, he was a very active member of the community. Over the years, he served on the town’s budget committee, board of appeals, planning board, school committee and public works study committee. He headed the town’s park commission and was responsible for the building of the Lamoine Beach Park. Reg was instrumental in building the Lamoine Veterans Memorial, just one of his many legacies. For his many hours of service and dedication to the town of Lamoine, he proudly received the Town’s “Citizen of the Year” award for 2009. Reg was president of the Forest Hill Cemetery Corporation of Lamoine, a lifetime honorary member of Ellsworth Kiwanis and a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth.

Reg was a God-send to his wife, Marion; son, Peter; daughter, Jeanie; daughter-in-law, Tracey; and beloved grandson, Connor. No day went by that we weren’t in his heart and thoughts. We will always be most grateful for his love and life lessons. The Lord has carried him ever so gently to await the gathering of the McDevitt clan. We will be together again where He has made a place for us all. In addition to his devoted family, he had many friends including Dr. O. Lee Haynes; Sally Smith, RN; staff at MDI Hospital; Elaine Gilley; the Fellis nieces and nephews: Steve, Libby, Teresa, Marion, and Craig; brother-in-law, Gordon Fellis; and many others he considered as friends too numerous to mention. If you were his friend, he was yours also.

Visiting hours with rosary will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2011 at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth, with Father Scott Mower celebrant, with a reception following at the Father Kenny Center. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Lamoine. Contributions in Reg’s memory may be made to Cub Scout Pack No. 88, 80 Walker Road, Lamoine, ME 04605 and Mt. Desert Island Hospital, P O Box 8, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 Condolences may be expressed at

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