Robert “Bob” Devlin


Robert “Bob” Devlin, 68, passed away peacefully on December 5th, 2021 at his home in Clifton, TN, where he lived for the last 27 years.

Bob was born on November 29th, 1953 in Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Alice Kubiak Devlin and Hugh Devlin. Bob is survived by his beloved wife Donna Mayer Devlin of 34 years as well as his daughters, Samantha Lynn Devlin of Savannah and Alexandra Lee Devlin of Waynesboro; his mother, Alice Devlin of Mount Holly, NC; his brothers Michael Devlin (Eileen) of Ocean City, NJ; Mark Devlin (Sheri) of Hightstown, NJ, his sister Susan Perzel of Mount Holly, NC, their families, and lifelong friends Tim Carom and Carl Logsdon. He was preceded in death by his father Hugh Devlin, nephew Brent Devlin, aunt Sophie Forman, niece Nadine Perzel, and cousin Sandra Ranfone.

Bob was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage four lung cancer at the end of October 2021. Two weeks later, it became evident that the cancer had already spread to his brain causing Bob to get very ill quickly. After fighting for almost two weeks in the hospital, Bob was brought home on hospice to spend his final days comfortably, surrounded by his family and dogs.

For anyone that knew Bob, they know he was passionate about his family, God, freedom, and his dogs. He never let his loved ones say goodbye without a hug, a kiss, and saying “I love you.” Bob and his family rescued many dogs over the years. They are already missing him greatly, especially Allie, who was Bob’s fierce but loving protector for the last 7 years.

Bob worked at Wayne Care Nursing Home and Wayne Medical Center in maintenance for 18 years. In retirement, he was a regular volunteer at Hardin County Animal Shelter for many years and was a member of First Baptist Church in Clifton, where he volunteered as Head of Security. Bob touched the lives of many people and will be dearly missed. He “never met a stranger” and always had a smile on his face. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hardin County Animal Shelter, 140 Legion Dr., Savannah, TN 38372.

A celebration of life memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church of Clifton on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 7pm.