Thomas E. Devine of 81 Isadore St., West Haven passed away Tues., Sept. 16, 2003 at his home. He was the husband of Anna Fraundorfer Devine. He was predeceased by two younger brothers, Harry and Howard and a sister, Ruth Anderson Boryszewski. Beside his wife, he is survived by a brother, Albert of North Haven, a sister, Grace Seastrand of Madison and several nieces, nephews and many good friends. Tom had conducted obedience dog training classes in Orange, West Haven and New Haven. He was designated by the Governor and police officials to attend classes in England, relating to a dog's proficiency in locating human remains, buried under ton's of structural debris. During the invasion of the Japanese island of Saipan in 1944, Devine, an Army Sergeant, inadvertently became involved in matters pertaining to the disappearance of America's famous aviatrix, Amelia Earhart. A book published in 1987 and another in 2002, present his and others EYEWITNESS verification. Devine had retired from the corporate office of Harvey-Hubbell in Orange. He was a member of the ''City of the Elms Barbershop Chorus'' and enjoyed singing with this group. He also enjoyed bowling with various senior groups. Graveside service Friday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery, West Haven. Friends may call Thurs. from 4 - 8 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave. at Court St., West Haven. Contributions in his memory may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. Dear Mr. Devine, Better late than never, right? The news of your passing came at a time when we just couldn’t get there to say goodbye properly, and I will always be sorry about that. I haven’t given up your fight though, and we’ve just started work on the second edition of .With Our Own Eyes,. to be published in July 2007, the big 70th anniversary month. I’m sure you already know about that, and I know you’ll be doing everything you can up there to help get the word out. The best and brightest days are still ahead for this book and for your memory. God has indeed blessed you, and we pray for His continued blessings on us all until we meet again. So long for now, Mike Campbell

  2. Sincere Salute to the memory of great man, who bravely fought for freedom and his country in wartime, and then worked hard for decades – for to release to the public his evidence about one of most important historic mysteries of 20 century… the disappearence of the true American Heroine, Amelia Earhart! I am sure next generations will estimate his efforts properly… God Bless his soul – Alex Mandel, Ukraine

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