Mayor Purzycki Issues Statement on the Passing of Former City Planning Director Donn Devine
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki issued the following statement today on the recent passing of former Wilmington Planning Director Donn Devine:
“Wilmington has lost a true champion who cared deeply about the growth of Wilmington and its ability to prosper and thrive into the future,” said Mayor Mike Purzycki. “Much of what Donn accomplished as City Planning Director set a clear course for Wilmington, and for that we will be forever grateful. Donn was also a splendid legal mind and a consummate historian whom people turned to with confidence for guidance, advice and information. I extend condolences to his wife Betty, his daughter Mary Beth, who is employed as a communications and data specialist with the Wilmington Police Department, his son Martin, as well as other family members and friends as we mourn his loss and celebrate his wonderful life.”
According to Donn’s obituary, he was a 1946 graduate of Archmere Academy, received a B.S. degree from the University of Delaware, a J.D. from Delaware Law School in 1975, and was a distinguished graduate of its first graduating class. His civilian career included journalism, urban planning, law, genealogy and archives; he retired in 1985 as Wilmington's director of planning, and in 1984 from the Delaware Army National Guard as a brigadier general. More recently, he had been of counsel in the City of Wilmington Law Department, serving as senior legal adviser, and was the part-time archivist for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Rd., at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Cathedral Cemetery. The family suggests memorial gifts to a charity of the giver's choice, rather than flowers.