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Christine Devlin

Christine F. Devlin

Friday January 27, 1950 - Wednesday January 1, 2020
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Devlin, Christine F., 69, of Atlantic City, passed away on January 1, 2020. She was born on January 27th 1950 in Jersey City, NJ, raised in Hoboken. From the start Chrissy was a performer, often putting on shows with her younger sister, Barbara. Her explosive sense of humor, quick wit, and incredible voice captivated all who knew her, eventually leading her to the stage. In her late teens she performed in clubs in North Jersey and Staten Island. In the early 1970s she moved to Atlantic City and started working the club scene. During these years she performed at notable places including The Jockey Club with pianist, George Mesterhazy and her soon to be brother-in-law, saxophonist Buzzy Renn. Other venues included Little John’s, Johnny Patch’s Lounge, and My Way Lounge. Upon the opening of Resorts Casino & Hotel, Chrissy and her group, “Waterfront Jazz” were among the first musical groups to play the Rendezvous Lounge.
During the 1980s Chrissy worked for the Shubert Organization as a phone operator at Telecharge. At times this position doubled as a platform for her comedy, and she quickly gained a reputation for her hilarious descriptions, voices and witty repartee. She even caught the attention of the NY press who advised readers to call her instead of seeing a badly reviewed show.
In addition to music and the theater, Chrissy had many passions. She was a dedicated animal lover, history buff, visual artist, and lifelong fan of the written word. Chrissy was also a proud member of the LGBTQ community and passionate HIV/AIDS activist. At the center of her life was her love of family. Chrissy was happiest when singing and telling stories with her mother, sisters, nieces & nephews, and dear friends.
Unfortunately, Chrissy suffered with many serious health problems including the disease of addiction. She leaves to mourn, and cherish her memory: her sisters, Barbara Devlin (Ralph Paduano), and Deirdre Devlin Amonte (Andrew), as well as her nieces, Kathleen Renn, Kelly M. Renn (Evan Sanchez), Nicole Hanley, Lauren Hanley, Deirdre Amonte, nephew, Andrew Amonte and paternal uncle, Gerard Devlin. She is also survived by her loving great-nieces and nephew.
A gathering will be 5PM to 7PM on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Parsels Funeral Home, 324 New Jersey Ave., Absecon. Memorial contributions may be made to South Jersey AIDS Alliance/Oasis, 19 Gordon Valley, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. For online condolences, please visit www.parselsfh.com.
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  • Visitation

    Friday January 10, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday January 10, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Parsels Funeral Home
    Address
    324 New Jersey Avenue
    ABSECON, NJ 08201
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Misty Stevens

Posted at 04:28pm
Chris, you will be forever missed! You helped me adjust to being here in Atlantic City. Always a laugh and smile to pass to everyone! Hugssssssssssssss
JS

jeri seidman

Posted at 04:25pm
Remembering the laughs! Sending much love to all of you. Jeri & family
JC

Joan Corbett

Posted at 12:46pm
Dear Barb and family,
I remember times I was with you and Chrissy and how funny she was. She was like a female Robin Williams. My heart goes out to you at this time of unbearable loss.

With much love and sympathy,
Joan Corbett
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Brigitte Reid

Posted at 07:35am
Hi my condolences to the entire family this is Quadiya, I just wanted to share my last outing with my dear sweet friend with the family. She called me and said I need a new wardrobe, I said oh boy this is gonna be an adventure, as every moment I spent with her was an adventure. I took her to Boscovs where a 2 hr trip turned into 4. I was exhausted, but in the most beautiful kinda way. She serenaded the patrons shopped serenaded, told jokes until she plopped down in a chair and couldn't move. We ended up in the shoe dept. We spent an hour trying on every boot but leaving out with none. You had to have the patience of a saint dealing with Chrissy, and that I did. I Sponsored her through all of her ups and downs never giving up hope that one day she too could live a drug free life. We all loved her unconditionally, I still can't believe that she is gone. She's with God now singing with the angels. I LOVE YOU CHRISSY ALWAYS AND FOREVER QUADIYA HERBERT AND FAMILY!!!!!
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