Police Investigator Patrick F. Devlin Dies At 39

Posted: May 04, 1987

Philadelphia Police Lt. Patrick Francis Devlin, a crack undercover investigator who specialized in gambling and bribery arrests of police officers, died Friday of leukemia. He was 39 and lived in Overbrook.

Devlin worked for the Ethics Accountability Division and was involved in cases that led to the arrest last year of 39 alleged gambling figures and nine current or former police officers for allegedly accepting bribes. He had been a member of that unit since it was formed in 1984.

A member of the department since 1970, Devlin was named Officer of the Year in 1979 by the Pennsylvania Crime Commission.

He was a 1965 graduate of Roman Catholic High School and served in the Army

from 1966 to 1968. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Joseph's University in 1981 and was working toward his master's degree in criminology.

A past president of the Catholic Youth Organization at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Devlin had coached basketball teams and organized clinics in other sports. He also had organized gymnastic meets at the YMCA in Lansdowne.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Connolly Devlin; two sons, Patrick Francis Jr. and Brendan; a daughter, Catherine; his mother, Mary Devlin; two brothers, Anthony and Dennis; and two sisters, Dorothy Quinn and Roseanne


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 63rd Street and Lancaster Avenue, where friends may call after 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Conshohocken.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday morning in the church chapel.

Contributions may be made to the Sunshine Foundation or Our Lady of Lourdes Athletic Association.

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