Jack DeVito was born and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, the only son of Anthony and Palma DeVito. As a boy he was very involved in school organizations and athletics and was a constant source of pride to his parents. At age 19 he joined the United States Army, where he served his country for three years. In 1952 he married Alyce Foley and together they raised two sons, John Jr. and Anthony. Jack and his father started a family construction and development company, A. DeVito & Son, Inc., working together for over 40 years. The firm continues to thrive and remains in the family today.
Jack was truly an exemplary human being. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a loyal and devoted friend. He worked tirelessly in support of many worthy causes, particularly those benefiting young people. For 40 years he worked to provide enhanced athletic and academic programs in his community, and for 35 years coached both girls’ and boys’ basketball and baseball in the Yorktown Athletic and Mohansic Boys Clubs. He served as the Youth Chairman for the Yorktown Lions Club, where he took particular pride in such programs as the annual Christmas Party for handicapped children and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. He also participated in the awarding of scholarships on behalf of the Yorktown Lions and Circolo DaVinci Clubs to local area youths.
In addition to his love of children, Jack was devoted to bettering the community in which he lived. He was a member of the American Legion and the Lions Club, where he was a Melvin Jones Fellow Award winner. He was a founding member of the Circolo DaVinci Club, an organization committed to promoting Italian culture and heritage through various community-oriented projects and activities. He also supported the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department, and the Yorktown Ambulance Corp. with tremendous generosity and dedication.