James Patrick Sinnott Devereux II died December 19, 2018, in Alexandria, Virginia, at the age of 85.
Patrick was born on October 22, 1933, in Fort Monroe, Virginia. The son of retired U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General James Devereux, Patrick moved regularly within the U.S. In early 1941, Patrick lived in Hawaii while his father served in the Pacific on Wake Island. In the fall of 1941, Patrick and his mother, Mary Welch Devereux, returned to the mainland, moving to Governors Island Army Base in New York where they lived with Mary’s parents, John and Katherine Welch. In December of 1941, Patrick’s father, Major Devereux, was serving on Wake Island in the Pacific at the start of World War II. In August of 1942, eight-year-old Patrick’s mother died unexpectedly at the age of 27. As his father was being held a prisoner of war at the time of Mary’s death, Patrick was cared for by his mother’s parents. After being separated from his father by four years of war and captivity, in September of 1945, Paddy, as he was then known, was reunited with his father. Patrick spent the rest of his youth living in Maryland.
After a short stint at Georgetown University, in 1955 Patrick enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps, serving as a guard in Paris, France. In Paris, Patrick met his wife to be, Monique Henriette Picaud, at a Marine Corp dance. They married in the 13th arrondissement of Paris on September 13, 1958.
Newlywed Patrick, also known as Pat, returned to the U.S. with his bride Monique, completed his service in the Marine Corps Reserves at Camp Le Jeune, North Carolina until his honorable discharge in 1959. Pat and Monique went on to live in Washington D.C., Montana, and Wyoming, finally settling in Alexandria, Virginia in 1968. The couple had six children, losing their first born, Phillip, shortly after his birth. Together, Pat and Monique raised four sons and one daughter. In 1985, Pat and Monique’s oldest son Roderick died in a car accident in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was a student at Georgia Tech.
A few years after the loss of their son, Pat took early retirement following 20 years as a federal government employee. While his life was profoundly impacted tragedy and loss, Pat exemplified a life grounded in gratitude. In retirement, Pat and Monique (or, as they called each other, “Cherie” and “Choux”) enjoyed their time together by taking regular drives to the countryside, visiting their favorite restaurants and orchard. At home, the couple kept sharp by engaging in regular games of Scrabble and discussions of current events. A fun-loving couple, Pat and Monique took great delight in hosting celebrations for family and friends both new and old. Above all, Pat and Monique relished time spent with their children and grandchildren in Virginia, making annual cross-country drives to visit those in Colorado and New Mexico, and by hosting many weeks in Cape Hatteras bringing all 12 together to enjoy the beach.
Quick-witted and kind, Pat was a strong and generous man who gladly rolled up his sleeves to help his family whenever or however he could. Up until his final days of good health, Pat continued to lend a hand as the self-appointed “Head Groundskeeper” at the home in Alexandria he shared with his son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Laura. An active man in both body and mind, Pat contributed greatly at the senior center in Alexandria, which he attended faithfully in his golden years. A devout Catholic, Pat also attended church regularly throughout his life.
A friend to all, Pat left behind a legacy of compassion, gratitude and a belief that a good life is one shared, generously, with love.
Patrick is survived by four of his children, Nicholas, Christopher, Alexander, and Babette, and eight grandchildren, Isabel, Savannah, Olivia, Milo, Evan, Ruby, Tula, and Virginia. Patrick was preceded in death by his sons Philip and Roderick, and his beloved bride of over 56 years, Choux. Patrick will be buried alongside his wife and sons in Arlington National Cemetery March 7, 2019 at 2:00pm.