In Memory

Mr. Gerald McDevitt (English, Latin, French, Special Ed)

Mr. Gerald McDevitt (English, Latin, French, Special Ed)

Gerald Mc Devitt


April 23, 1930 — April 20, 2015

Gerald George McDevitt, 84, passed away April 20, 2015, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born to the late Henry and Beatrice (nee Perras) McDevitt on April 23, 1930, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and was the oldest of three children.

Gerald was educated at Loyola High School and Sir George William College in Montreal, and met his wife Gertrude (Valeriote) in 1953. They moved to Cochrane, Ontario, where he was a high school language teacher. His family immigrated to Fairfield, Calif., in 1960, where he taught English, French, Latin and, in the latter years, special education at Fairfield and Armijo High Schools.

In 1993, he and his wife moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to be near his daughter’s family. For the last 10 years of his life, Gerald was a resident of the Lacrosse Health and Rehabilitation Center in Coeur d’Alene. He was a kind and generous husband, father and teacher, passionate about reading, hiking, his family and friends.

Gerald is survived by his son, Peter (Marlys); his daughter, Valerie Kastens (Curtis); his three grandchildren, Alex Kastens, Anna McDevitt, and Krista McDevitt; sisters, Louise McDevitt and Marie Coupal; many nieces and nephews.

His memorial is online at

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05/04/15 10:48 AM #1    

Linda DeBruyn (Nelson) (1969)

Mr. McDevitt's OB just came out in our Sunday paper  (May 3, 2015)  I was so surprised to find he lived here in CDA. Had I known, I would have gone to see him.  I remember him as a very good language teacher.  He was my French teacher for two years.  Always a gentleman and loved speaking French while teaching it to others.  I will be posting a message on his online book with Yates Funeral Home.      

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