By NANETTE LoBIONDO GALLOWAY
VENTNOR – The city has lowered the American flag at City Hall to half-staff today in memory of school board member Joseph McDevitt, 53, who died Thursday, Jan. 21 of complications from COVID-19.
The city put out a statement honoring McDevitt for his service to the city and county.
McDevitt taught in Atlantic City and was appointed last year to the Ventnor Board of Education serving as the city’s representative to the Atlantic City Board of Education. He also served on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholder.
Mayor Beth Holtzman and Commissioners Lance Landgraf and Tim Kriebel called McDevitt “a tremendous civic champion.”
“Joe was known as a tireless lifelong volunteer in our sporting and recreational programs as witnessed by many. If you were someone in need, you can count on Joe to help you out,” they said in the statement. “This man touched a lot of lives and will be long remembered by the many he touched. Simply put, he was a good man.”
Joe leaves behind his wife Ailyn and two children Robert and Joselyn.
“Family was everything to him,” they said.
McDevitt graduated from Holy Spirit High School in 1985 and was a longtime supporter and assistant football coach.
According to Holtzman, the city will honor McDevitt at a future date.
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