Greenwich Times
Greenwich, Connecticut
United States of America
October 10, 1995


Thomas Devlin, 100
Retired Estate Gardener

Thomas Devlin, 100, a former gardener on private estates in Greenwich,
died of natural causes Sunday, October 8, at Greenwich Hospital.
Mr. Devlin was the first caretaker of the Round Hill Community,
Community House. He was a member of the Fairfield Horticultural
Society and a charter member of the Round Hill Volunteer Fire
A surprise pre-100th birthday party was given for Mr. Devlin on
December 19, 1994, at the Round Hill Community House for about
25 family members and 100 guests. At the time, he said, "My knees
are tired and my bones ache, but otherwise I feel pretty good."
A resident of Greenwich since 1928, he was born December 22,
1894, in Ayrshire, Scotland, son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth
Doherty Devlin. He came to the United States in 1926, first living
in Pittsburg, where he worked in the coal mines.
Mr. Devlin is believed to have been the oldest living survivor of the
Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915, having served with the Irish
He was predeceased by his wife, Agnes McAtee Devlin; three
sons Peter Devlin, Charles Devlin, and Thomas Devlin; a daughter,
Mary Devlin Merchant; two brothers, John Devlin and Peter Devlin;
and two sisters, Elizabeth Devlin and Ann Devlin.
Surviving are a brother, Robert Devlin of Pittsburgh; 10 grandchildren,
including six in Connecticut, James Devlin, John Devlin, Greenwich
Police Captain Donald Merchant, and Robert Merchant , all of Greenwich,
Thomas Devlin of Rowayton and Edmund Merchant of Wilton; and 13
Friends may call at the Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home,
31 Arch Street, from 4 to 8 P.M., tomorrow, ( Wednesday,
October 11, 1995 ).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 A.M. Thursday
at Saint Mary Church. Burial will be in Saint Mary's Cemetery,
North Street, Greenwich, Connecticut; United States of America.

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