Raymond F. DeVinney, 72, shipbuilding executive

December 10, 2004

Raymond Fillmore DeVinney, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipbuilding official, died of heart failure Dec. 1 at a hospital in Columbia, S.C. The former Cockeysville and Timonium resident was 72.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and raised in Union, N.J., he earned a bachelor's degree in marine transportation in 1954 from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and served two years as an officer in the Navy's Military Sea Transport Service.

He began his career at Bethlehem Steel in 1956, and from 1982 to 1989 was senior manager of administration at its Sparrows Point shipyard. He retired in 1997 as president of its Sabine Shipyard in Port Arthur, Texas.

A memorial service was held yesterday in Union.

Surviving are his wife of 19 years, the former Merrilee Helen Oliver Causey; three sons, Geoffrey S. DeVinney of Bel Air, Scott E. DeVinney of East Greenwich, R.I., and Todd R. DeVinney of Groton, Conn.; a brother, Millard O. DeVinney Jr. of Forked River, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A daughter, Lizbeth A. DeVinney, died in 1975. His marriages to the former Ann E. Seaman and Annette C. LaMothe ended in divorce.

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