Peter Michael Devine of Oak Bluffs died November 17, 2011. He was 56.
Peter was born on March 18,1955 to Herbert and Cynthia Devine of Vineyard Haven. He was the youngest of five children who grew up on the Island, and he was a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe. As a boy, Peter spent much time outdoors and in his neighborhood visiting family and friends.
Years later Peter moved to the Cape and started a family. His daughter Donna was born in 1974. In his twenties he returned to the Island to help his mother care for the elderly at Sunny Haven Nursing Home in Vineyard Haven, which she owned and managed.
Peter became a well-known landscaper and painter on the Island. He was painting at the Chowder House restaurant in Vineyard Haven (now defunct) when he met his future wife, Marie White. She was working as a waitress there and they later married on Nov. 29, 1986.
In the winter of 2006, Peter and Marie adopted a little girl, Marie Wyatta Bah, from Monrovia, Liberia. It didn’t take long for her to feel at home with Peter and Marie, who showered her with affection, patience, and understanding. They shared new experiences together and Peter’s love of music, dancing, and family gatherings.
Peter’s life was marked by great love of family. He was very close to his mother and siblings, especially his older brother, Herbie. He looked forward to his mother’s visits and going to lunch with her. He also admired his wife’s family and highly regarded her parents for their humor and kindness. Peter’s two daughters meant the world to him and he longed to see his grandchildren on their summer visits to the Island.
Everyone who knew Peter also knew he loved to eat — fried clams and pizza from Giordanos, clam chowder made by his friends Stanley and Lanette Larsen, his daughter Marie’s homemade omelets, and anything made by his wife Marie, a culinary graduate of Johnson & Wales.
For the last decade of his life, Peter battled many health problems. Yet he faced long-time illness with courage, humor, and a smile, which impressed all who knew him.
In 2004, Peter was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnessess. His belief that God’s government, the kingdom prayed for in the “Our Father” prayer, will soon end all suffering on earth and restore peace to it, sustained him greatly.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; his two daughters, Donna Devine of Cinncinnati, Ohio, and Marie Wyatta Devine; three grandchildren, Troy, Jada, and Dakota; his mother, Cynthia Vieira of Pocasset; a brother, Herbert Devine of Canton; a sister, Nancy Lopes of Bourne; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Herbert Devine, his brother, Dennis Devine, and his sister, Barbara Lobo.
His memorial service was held at 12 noon on Tuesday, November 22, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, State Road, West Tisbury, followed by a reception at the Chilmark Community Center. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home of Oak Bluffs. Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Wampanoag Health Service, 20 Black Brook Rd., Aquinnah MA 02535 or to the Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 399, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.