In His Memory

[Bob Obit - 4K]
Robert N. Devlin
March 10, 1943 - June 7, 2004

Amazing Grace (Bagpipes)

Robert N. Devlin, 61, passed away on June 7, 2004
at Mass. General Hospital, as a result of a sudden illness.

Bob was born on March 10, 1943, in Boston Mass.
He was the son of Owen and Mary (DiCostantino) Devlin.
and was raised in Boston as one of five children.

[Young Bob - 20K]
Young Bob

He was a graduate of English High School, Boston in 1961. He attended Orange County Community College in NY. He began his drumming/performing career at age 7 and did so for the next 45 years. He performed with various championship drum corps from 1950-1964.

['Sader' Bob - 14K]
Bob in the Crusaders

He joined the US Army in January 1966 as a drummer in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, NY. During this time he judged and taught Championship Drumlines.

He was a member of the Bay State Judges Association of Boston, was voted Chairman, and held that position for 7 years and later voted VP of that Association and held that position for
2 years. He was also voted into the Massachusetts All American Judges Association, New York All American Judges Association, New Jersey All American Judges Association, Metropolitan New York Judges Association and the Canadian Judges Association.

[Judge Bob - 11K]
Bob as a Judge

In 1968, at the age of 27, he left the military to pursue his dream of owning his own Drum Shop, called "The Drummer's Image", on Newbury St. in Boston, MA. In 1975 he re-enlisted in the Army with the United States Military Academy Band. He pursued his lifetime career and passion at West Point Military Academy as Sergeant First Class in the Army and Section Leader of the USMA Band "Hellcats" for 24 years.

[Bob at West Point - 33K]
Bob at West Point

For more than 30 years he had the fulfilling reward of being an international teacher, clinician, adjudicator, and arranger. During that time he instructed, taught, and arranged for many internationally, world famous and award winning individuals, ensembles and groups.

In 1997 he was inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is recognized nationally as a premier drummer and percussion judge.

[Bob in DCHOF - 15K]
Bob at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

In the military he was the recipient of the Army's Meritorious Service Medal for
Outstanding Musical Performance, Army Commendation Medal (twice),
Army Good Conduct Medal (7 times), National Defense Service Medal (twice),
Army Service Ribbon and Sharpshooter Badge (Rifle).

[Meritorious Service Ribbon - 2K]
[Meritorious Service Medal - 11K]
[Army Commendation Ribbon - 2K]
[Army Commendation Medal - 11K]
[Army Good Conduct Ribbon - 2K]
[Army Good Conduct Medal - 12K]
[Nat'l Def Svc Ribbon - 2K]
[Nat'l Def Svc Medal - 13K]
[Army Svc Ribbon - 1K]
Army Service

[Sharpshooter Badge - 5K]
Good Conduct
Defense Service

In addition to those prestigious awards, he performed and appeared on Good Morning America, Regis & Kathy Lee, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Inaugurations of Presidents Reagan and Carter, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Disney World. His unit lead the Allied Forces out of Berlin, Germany when the wall came down and our troops went home.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #515 and the Rindge Veterans Assoc. He gave to many Christian Organizations and lived to help others, which led him to his final career path of working at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center where he was a Teacher's Assistant. He loved caring for and teaching the students and felt he could give something of himself there. He loved the Lord, family and music.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated
on Saturday, June 12th, 2004 at St. Patrick Church in Jaffrey, NH.

Bob is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Rindge, NH.

God bless you, Bob. Rest in peace.

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