Joseph Claude Devost (1945—2018)

LILLE, Maine and BOSTON, Mass. — Joseph Claude Devost, 73, passed away on April 4, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was born in Van Buren, Maine, on March 16, 1945, the son of Camille and Christine (Bellefleur-Ouellette) Devost.

In his early years, he was a parishioner of the former Mt. Carmel Church in Lille, Maine, educated at Notre Dame School in Lille, Maine, and graduated from Van Buren Boys High School. He then joined and served for the Catholic Religious Order of the Brothers of St. John of God (Hospitallier) located at Ojai in Southern California. Later, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Academy stationed in Washington, D.C. He was avid musician, having exceptional talent for playing classical music on the piano  and pipe organ at different chapels and cathedrals. He was formerly employed as a food service manager for several local schools in the St. John Valley. He will be fondly remembered for his passionate love of cooking as a fine chef. He then relocated and settled in the Dorchester area.

He is survived by three sisters, Marie Paule and husband, Daniel Lapointe, of Van Buren, Annette and husband, Roger Soucy, of St. Hyacinth, Quebec, and Linda and husband, Ron Daigle, of Madawaska;and nieces and nephews, Dr. Julie Bonanni, Teena Soucy, Christina Daigle, Danielle Daigle, Philip Lapointe and David Lapointe.  He was predeceased by his parents, Camille and Christine Devost.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the St. Gerard-Mt. Carmel Church in Grand Isle, Maine. Family and Friends may give condolences to the family from 9-9:45 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be held at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Lille, immediately following the service. Contributions in Joseph’s name may be made to  South Boston-Seaport Catholic Collaborative, 307 West Broadway, South Boston, MA  02127. For online condolences, please visit

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