DEVOS, Jean-Pierre – The long-time Stratford resident, lover of languages and charming conversationalist, died July 1, 2014. He was 74. Born in Flanders, Belgium in 1940, his first language was Flemish. He mastered French and Latin in Jesuit boarding school, German while stationed with the Belgian military, and English after moving to Canada in 1967 with his wife Lena and first-born daughter. He endured the difficulties of immigrant life in a new county to become a proud Canadian. Despite dropping out of high school in Belgium, he earned a B.A. from Waterloo University and became a French teacher. Monsieur Devos’s unorthodox teaching style made French fun for thousands of students in the Stratford area. He shared his love of languages and grammar long after retiring in 1998. He was a leader in the informal French club that met weekly at Balzac’s coffee shop and e-mailed French lessons and memorable quotations translated into English, French, Spanish and Dutch to a growing list of subscribers. In this way he continued in his teaching profession. He left an impression on the many people to whom he freely talked and will be remembered for doing things his own way, notably raising dairy goats in the garage of the urban family home. Among those who will miss him most are his wife, Lena Devos-Thiers; his five children, Isabelle, Frederic, Dominique, Philippe and Sylviane (Mico); his seven grandchildren as well as his siblings and extended family in Belgium. Friends are invited to the visitation at 1 p.m. and funeral at 2 p.m. on Monday July 7, followed by light refreshments, all at W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St., in Stratford. Donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Friends of Pinery Park through the funeral home. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
Visitation
Monday, July 7th, 2014
One hour before the service

Funeral Service
Monday, July 7th at 2:00 p.m.
W.G. Young Funeral Home
Reception to follow

Memorial Donations
Canadian Mental Health
Friends of Pinery Park


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