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Obituary: Robert Earl Devere Sr.

Robert Earl Devere Sr., 85, a long time resident of Port Washington, passed away on Saturday, July 20. Born in Woonsocket, RI. on October 11, 1927, he was the son of Earl Devere M.D. and Gabriel Sutton Devere.

Bob’s passion in life was music and after playing in the band for the United States Army, he took off to New York to pursue a career in the music industry.

After establishing a successful record distributorship out of Albany in 1959, he then moved his family to Port Washington where he worked for Columbia Records in New York City. In the 1970s, he managed the world renowned jazz group Weather Report. In the 1980s, fulfilled his dream by starting his own record label, Iris Records.

Bob enjoyed collecting antiques, especially Shaker furniture as well as modern art. He was a devout Catholic with a special devotion to St. Rita. Married to Jerome Trandem for 14 years, he was a loving father to his 5 children, Amy, Ruth, Allison, Robert Jr., and Rachel, and embraced his son in law Jimmy, his daughter in law Teri, and dear friend Mike with open arms and an open heart. He was adored by his 6 grandchildren, Dylan, Alexandra, Tatiana, Noah, Laurel, and Diana, was a dedicated brother to his sister Ruth Devere Bonte and a dear uncle to her 8 children: Eugenie, Andrea, Eugene, Jane, Andre Jr., Richard, Robert, and Anthony. His sweet smile will be missed by all.

Bob will be celebrated at a mass held at Our Lady of Fatima, Port Washington. Burial service will follow at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton.