William Devlin

Obituary of William John Wayne Devlin

William John "Wayne" Devlin

(January 8, 1939 - January 12, 2024)


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William John Wayne Devlin on Friday, January 12, 2024, just days after his 85th birthday.

Wayne, born in Peterborough ON, was the eldest of Alphonse and Violet Devlin’s five children. 

Wayne joined the Provost Corps in 1958 where he served until integration in 1968 and became part of the Security and Intelligence branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. 

During his 36 years of dedicated service Wayne’s Canadian postings included Fredericton, Kingston, Calgary, Val-d’Or, Chatham, Shilo, and Edmonton. 

Out-of-Canada postings included four years with the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade (NATO) in Germany; four months with the Canadian High Commission in Cyprus; and United Nations Tours in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, and Israel.

Wayne retired from the Military Police in 1994. He continued his dedication to service with the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for another several years.

It was during his first posting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, that Wayne met Elizabeth Patricia Glynn and they married on January 2, 1960. During their 64 years of marriage they had four children.

Wayne is predeceased by his son Philip Devlin; parents Alphonse and Violet Devlin; and brother Gregory Devlin.


He is survived by his wife Patricia Devlin; daughters Petra (Bill) Kelland and Julie (Brad) Devlin-Hiscock; and son John (Cathy) Devlin. He will be sadly missed by grandchildren Billy (Crystal) Kelland, Brian (Tammy) Kelland, Alex Beaudry, Adam Byers, Ethan Devlin-Hiscock, and Lauren Devlin-Hiscock; and great-grandchildren Teagan, Izabella, Alexandra, William and Claude Kelland. 


We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. Mary’s hospital as well as the staff and residents of Rosealta Lodge for their support and compassion


A private family service was held. 

If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Wayne's memory may be made to Hope Mission Edmonton.

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