James J. Devine Jr. Retired cryptographer


A Mass of Christian burial for James Joseph Devine Jr., who retired from the Navy as a chief petty officer and worked as a government communications specialist, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Charles Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville.

Mr. Devine, who was 65 and a Pikesville resident, died of cancer Tuesday at the Fort Howard Veterans Administration Hospital.

Before his retirement in June, he worked as a cryptographer for the Department of Energy in Germantown and for a contractor.

He retired from the Navy as a communications technician in 1963 after 20 years' service.

A member of the Fleet Reserve Association in Rockville, he also was a contributor to the Naval Memorial in Washington.

A native of Hartford, Conn., he had been a resident of Rockville for many years before moving 10 years ago to Pikesville.

His first wife, the former Norma Herr, died in 1973.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Harris Kane; a son, Patrick J. Devine of Sylacauga, Ala.; two stepsons, Thomas W. Kane of Rohrersville and John David Kane of Chesapeake, Va.; two stepdaughters, Colleen Ellison and Teresa Kane-French, both of Poquoson, Va.; a sister, Mary Devine Nevin of West Hartford, Conn.; and 12 grandchildren.

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