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Ann Devine (Lynch)

Wednesday, January 4th, 1933 - Saturday, November 21st, 2020
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Ann Lynch Devine

January 4, 1933 – November 21, 2020

Ann Lynch Devine passed away peacefully on November 21 at Beaumont Nursing Center, Natick, MA, at the age of 87. Born on January 4, 1933 in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Mary O’Brien and Edward Lynch, and lived most of her life in CT before she moved to Weston, MA twelve years ago. Ann attended the University of Connecticut, worked for United Technologies as a cost analyst for over thirty years, taught calculus at the community college level, and had a life-long involvement with Irish dancing.

As a young girl, Ann learned Irish dancing from her father, a step dancer from County Kerry, Ireland, who taught her the traditional solo and ceili dances, which are still performed today. Ann became an Irish dance teacher, TCRG, co-owned a dancing school in CT, and later in life, a dancing school with her daughter in Weston/Wayland, MA until retirement from teaching in 2007. She was especially proud of her three granddaughters who also became Irish step dancers, as they carried on the fourth-generation family dancing tradition. For over forty-five years, Ann was an internationally recognized and well-respected Irish dance adjudicator, ADCRG, for countless dance competitions, as well as regional, national, and world championships. She loved to travel with her daughter to adjudicate dance competitions together in various locations throughout the country. Ann was an integral part of the Irish dance association and worked tirelessly for the organization. She served on the Executive Board as National Treasurer for ten years, co-chaired four North American Irish Dance Championships, co-chaired five New England Championships, and was the New England Regional Director several times. For many years, Ann served on the regional and national scholarship committees, which awarded funds to graduating high school Irish dancers. Ann retired from adjudicating and became an honorary member in 2018.

Ann loved to do crossword puzzles, knitted and crocheted beautiful blankets, made delicious applesauce, Christmas cookies, Irish bread, and homemade jam, which were gifts to many family and friends. Ann was a member of St. Julia’s Church in Weston, and enjoyed joining her family for summers in Westport, MA or winter trips to Vermont. She loved her family dearly and will be missed by all.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Nancy Devine Reny and husband, David; three granddaughters, Christine Wright and husband, Alex; Suzanne Longley and husband, Cliff; and Michelle Reny; two great-grandsons, Ethan and Daniel; cousins, nieces, nephews, and previously departed siblings, infant Edward, Sean, Mary, Helen, and Edward.

The family would like to extend gratitude to physicians and staff at Needham Wellesley Family Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Whitney Place Assisted Living, Beaumont Nursing Center, and Salmon Health Hospice.

A private service and interment for immediate family is planned.
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Bill Maple

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I remember Ann as a prominent member of the New England region of Irish dance teachers. As a young dancer I can remember Ann judging me on many occasions at local feiseanna and at regional championships. Later on when I became a dance teacher, Ann always had words of encouragement and she was a great role model. Ann put on a tough exterior and she was always a “stickler for the rules” but once you got to know her, she was a very kind person. I will always remember her fondly. My deepest sympathy to Nancy, David and all Ann’s family. She will be truly missed.

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noreen smith

Posted at 09:57pm
My first memory of Ann was when she adjudicated me as a young dancer. Then I became a qualified TCR, teaching with my husband Michael @ Smith Houlihan Irish Dance Academy. Years ago when I was a new TCRG into the NE Teachers Association I chaired the New England Oireachtas with Ann and learnt so much from her many years of expertise. We had so much fun together. We will miss Ann's smile and energetic self. Ann may you RIP. God bless you Nancy , David and family, Love hugs and sympathies during this difficult time. Want to say during this Thanksgiving holiday how grateful and thankful to have met, known and worked with your mum (Ann), she will be sadly missed. Hugs to all Noreen Houlihan Smith

Iris Gray Sharnick

Posted at 05:36pm

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ann will always hold a special place in my heart. You and I grew up dancing together and then became teachers and adjudicators. I worked with Ann on the NE Regional and National Boards and we travelled to adjudicate so many times together.
We have lost a wonderful lady. Ann is now an angel in heaven looking over all of us.
May Ann Rest In Peace.

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