Cavan Nathaniel Devlin


Cavan was born on July 28th, 1931 to Annie and James Devlin in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He died January 15th, 2020 after being given exceptional care at the Grey Nuns Hospital by the staff of the 51st ward.

He was the youngest of eight children, and often told stories of the trouble he got into growing up with his siblings. As a young man, he emigrated to Canada, crisscrossing the country working as a carpenter and on the D.E.W. line in the Arctic before meeting his wife, Geraldine (Geri nee Davis) at a dance at Sylvan Lake. They settled in Edmonton, and raised two sons, Christopher and Patrick, and one daughter, Leslie. No children were better loved than Cavan’s.

Some of the best times of Cavan’s life were spent at his cabin in Mulhurst on Pigeon Lake. He built the cabin himself, with the help of his family and friends. And it served as a gathering place for many generations. His eight grandchildren fondly remember bonfires, a homemade waterslide, and many silly stories told around the woodstove at the cabin. As an Irishman with the gift of gab, Cavan loved telling stories, some of them almost true.

Cavan was a man of simple pleasures and loved nothing more than a good meal surrounded by his loving family. He loved us all so much, and that love came back around to him in his last days. He spent his peaceful final moments in the arms of his family, with his daughter singing to him. His tradition of love will be carried on by his wife Geri, his son Christopher (wife Heidi, children Banon and Aria), his daughter Leslie (husband David, children AJ, Megan, Elodie and Mari), his son Patrick (wife Trish, children Brooklyn and Carson), his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Linda Davis and all their children and grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Bernadette in Bedford, England and Cousin Loretta in Dublin, Ireland.

The Devlin family extends his oft-repeated personal blessing to everyone. “May God bless you and keep you; may His face shine upon you and bring you peace.”

In lieu of flowers please send donations to either the Edmonton Food Bank, 11508 120 St, Edmonton, AB T5G 2Y2 or Anawim Place, 10650 – 95 Street. Edmonton, AB T5H 2C6.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11:00 am at  Providence Renewal Centre, 3005 119 St NW, Edmonton,  with reception to follow at Derrick Golf and Winter Club, 3500 119 St NW, Edmonton.








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Carrie Coffin

Sending my condolences to the Devlin family. I worked with Cavan at the City of Edmonton Assessment Department. Just such a warm and friendly man. Always happy and loved sharing a joke with you. March 17th every year was wonderful day as we would all share in a little Irish chatter throughout that day. Special man to me and there is a few more laughs in heaven now.
With Love,

Jo-Anne and Frank

Dear Geri and Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Cavan was such a wonderful man and his absence will be felt by all who knew him. Our hearts are with you as you say your final farewells today. May your beautiful memories sustain you. God bless you all!
Jo-Anne and Frank

Sharon Storoschuk

Many blessings to the Devlin family on the loss of Cavan. He was the embodiment of Love. I will never forget his smile, as he was generous with it; his jokes and infectious laugh; the way he told he loved you, with all of his heart! I see these many of his traits in his children, Leslie, Chris and Patrick. My heart goes out to Geri, who travelled side by side with Cavan for so many years. May you find peace knowing he is happy next to the Lord. Sending many blessings to all of those whose heart he touched! I was blessed to be one of those and I miss him already.
Sharon Storoschuk

Dirk, Michelle, Elodie and Tiarna Borleis

Our heartfelt condolences. We hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew Cavan, he was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed. With love Dirk, Michelle, Elodie, Josh, Tiarna and Chris

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