Robert Devine, 85, was a race car driver
Published 10:27 pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
He was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Towners, N.Y., the son of Roy and Alice (Russell) Devine. He was raised in Washington and attended Washington schools.
He married Frances Bacon July 1, 1951. They have resided in New Fairfield since 1953.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the New Fairfield Veterans Association.
He worked as an automobile mechanic and later as a service manager for Dan-Ridge Chevrolet, Baron Motors and Bantam Toyota.
He was a stock car driver racing with NASCAR, USAC and United Stock Car Racing. He was the 1956 and 1962 United Stock Car Racing Grand American Champion. He raced on tracks from New England to Virginia. He later co-owned a modified stock car driven by his son, Stephen, at Lebanon Valley Speedway from 1979-2003. He was elected to the Lebanon Valley Speedway Hall of Fame in 1998, and to the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame in 2013.
He was an avid photographer who won lots of awards as a member of the Candlewood Camera Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Stephen, of Washington Depot, and Brian, of Truckee, Calif.; two grandchildren, Brian M., of Truckee, and Olivia, of New Preston; and a sister, Joan Peterson, and her husband, John, of Washington. He was predeceased by two brothers, Woodrow and Clifford Devine, and a sister, Amy Smith.
The Green Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of arrangements