Rev. Dennis A. Dever

March 20, 2018

Rev. Dennis A. Dever

REV. DENNIS A. DEVER – in Boston, March 20th at eighty-three years of age. Beloved son of the late William and Mary (Gilgun) Dever. Loving Brother of Mary E. Gorman and Marjorie Dever, brother-in-law Edward L. Smith and sister-in-law Anne Dever all of Woburn and the late, Ann Doherty, Eleanor Smith, William and John Dever. Dear uncle of twenty seven loving nieces, nephews and many great nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated, Wednesday, March 28th in St. Clement Parish Church, 71 Warner Street, Medford, at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Family, Friends and Parishioners are respectfully invited to calling hours, TUESDAY, March 27th from 2-6 p.m. in St. Clement Parish Church. Remembrances may be made in Fr. Dever’s memory to The Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle, 24 Clark St., Boston, MA 02109 or to Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements are under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY:

Rev. Fr. Dennis A. Dever, a long-time devoted Pastor of St. Clement Parish in the Medford, Somerville area, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, March 20th at Mass General Hospital, at eighty-three years of age.

Born in Woburn, Father Dever was the sixth of seven children to the late William and Mary (Gilgun) Dever. A son of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, he attended the parish’s elementary school, on to Boston College High School where he graduated from in 1951.

As a child and while growing up, Father Dever was spiritually drawn to the priesthood. Following high school he began his studies at Cardinal O’Connell Minor Seminary in Jamaica Plain, and then on to St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. Father Dever was ordained on Feb. 2, 1960 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross by Cardinal Richard Cushing.

Fr. Dever’s first assignment was at St. Joseph Parish in Quincy. After six years at St. Joseph Parish, Father Dever chose to join the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle, an international organization of diocesan missionary priests; who volunteer to serve the Church in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. For the next 13 years, he served the St. James Society, first in an impoverished area of Ecuador and later as the Superior of the Society.

In 1979, Father Dever was made Pastor of St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Cambridge, where he served for six years. In 1985, as Pastor of St. Clement Parish in Medford, where he served for over 27 years, until his retirement in 2013.

“Fr. Den” as he was affectionately called by his family, was a quiet, unassuming man with a good sense of humor. Throughout his life, he always put others before himself, especially his family. He enjoyed golfing, especially golfing trips to Florida, hockey, and visiting the beach. He will be deeply missed and touched many lives.

He was the loving brother of Mary E. Gorman and Marjorie Dever, both of Woburn, and the late, Ann Doherty, Eleanor Smith, William and John Dever. Dear uncle of twenty seven loving nieces, nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated, Wednesday, March 28th in St. Clement Parish Church, 71 Warner Street, Medford, at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Family, Friends and Parishioners are respectfully invited to calling hours, TUESDAY, March 27th from 2-6 p.m. in St. Clement Parish Church. Remembrances may be made in Fr. Dever’s memory to The Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle, 24 Clark St., Boston, MA 02109 or to Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements are under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Father Dever you were tops in or shannon family list. We missed you when you left. Now may you rest in gods hands. Pray for us as we will always remember you in ours. Emily shannon and family

  2. Father Dever. We loved you when you were hereMay you now Rest In Peace. You will always be in my prayers.

  3. Marge and Family.

    we were sorry to learn of your brothers

    passing,you have many happy memories

    of him,and we are sure he will be with
    you in spirit and those memories of him.

    Frank Catherine Theresa Walsh

  4. We have known Fr. Dever for many years. He will be truly missed. A very wonderful man, who always made the masses so sincere and meaningful. May he rest in peace in the graces of our Lord Jesus. Our deepest sympathy to the family. The Matteo Papagno Family

  5. Father you were such an important part of serving Mass at St. Paul’s in Hamilton. It was an honor and pleasure to serve with you. Your wonderful kindness, humor and caring endeared you to us deeply. My condolences to your whole family for their great loss . St. Paul’s parish will never have another Fr. Dever! Father may God hold you in his arms and welcome home a most beloved shepherd of the Lords’ flock. Prayerfully, Michelle

  6. I am a parishioner of St. Clement’s and I remember Father Dever as one of the kindest and most caring priests I have ever known. My condolences to his family.
    Jackie Fourtounis

  7. Margie…so sorry about your loss..may he rest in peace…may you rejoice in your loving memories… god bless! Denise

  8. Dee and Charlie Breen Sr.
    Our,sincere condolences on Fr.’s passing. We knew Fr. for many years at St. Clements Parish. He will be missed

  9. !fr Dennis was a wonderful dedicated priest. So many years dedicated to serving the people of God. Margie, Mary and the entire Dever family I offer my heartfelt sympathy…May he Rest In Peace
    Adeline Sweeney.

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