Former Lawmaker Passed Away

STATE — Thomas J. Deverin, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 23, at Haven Hospice, JFK Medical Center in Edison. Born in Perth Amboy, he lived in Carteret for the past 60 years.

A communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Deverin was a former Mayor, Councilman, and President of the Board of Education of Carteret before his election to the state Legislature.

“The world lost a great statesman this week,” said James J. Devine, a Democratic strategist who worked with Deverin in Trenton during the early 1980s. “He was a joy to be with because he was a celebration of life and service.”

Former Gov. Jon Corzine, James Devine, Lisa McCormick and the legendary Carteret statesman, Thomas Deverin, are shown in this file photo.

A district sales manager for Breyer Ice Cream for over 25 years, Deverin then became a human resources program supervisor for U.S. Metals for 14 years before retiring in 1985 and subsequently served on the Board of Directors of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II serving in the European and Asiatic Theaters of War on the USS Oberon AKA-14.

Elected to the New Jersey State Assembly for eleven terms, Deverin was Chairman of the Assembly Institutions and Welfare Committee; a member of the Assembly Joint Ethical Standards Committee; a member of the Assembly Banking and Insurance Committee; and a member of the Health and Human Services Resources Committee.

While serving in the Legislature, he was Majority Leader Pro Tem; Minority Leader Pro Tem; Speaker Pro Tem and Majority Conference Chairman; and was Acting Governor of New Jersey in April 1979.

He was the former Director of the Carteret Chapter of the American Red Cross; former Chairman of the Cerebral Palsy Fund Drive; member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the Knights of Columbus Carey Council 1280; the VFW Star Landing Pvt. Nicholas Minue Memorial Post 2314; Catholic War Veterans, Rotary Club and a founding member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2235, all of Carteret.

Deverin was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Lillian (Coughlin) Deverin in August 1989 and his brother and sisters, Jack Deverin, Mary Engle, Margaret Deverin, Nancy Dunn and Catherine Cortelyou.

He is survived by his twin daughters, Patricia Deverin and William Koegel of Jackson, Nancy Werner and her husband William Werner of Carteret; and his son, Thomas J. Deverin, Jr. and his wife Patricia Deverin of Fords; his granddaughters, Lindsay and Emily Werner and his twin grandsons, Michael and Daniel Deverin. Also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Claire Deverin of Red Bank and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will take place 8:15 AM Wednesday from the The Rumpf Funeral Home, 21 Locust Street, Carteret, NJ. We will begin to leave at 8:45 AM for a 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph RC Church in Carteret. Interment to follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia, NJ.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-9 PM. On Tuesday evening, the VFW will hold a ritual at 7 PM; Knights of Columbus at 7:15 and the American Legion at 7:30 followed by the Elks. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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