Jamie DeVoy remembered with a tree at Founders Park
WHITTIER — In many parts of the world, magnolia trees are revered as symbols of strength, loyalty, dignity, and nobility.
It’s no coincidence a magnolia tree was chosen to honor Jamie DeVoy.
On Monday, friends and family of DeVoy gathered at Founders Memorial Park to celebrate a tree planted in DeVoy’s memory.
DeVoy died unexpectedly April 25 of a heart attack. He was 54.
Friends, neighbors, and co-workers took turns Monday remembering DeVoy, who was exalted as a person of high character with a playful sense of humor.
Jennifer Illig, who helped lead Monday’s event, said DeVoy “was like my big brother.”
“He was my biggest ally,” she said.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, DeVoy and his family moved to California when he was only 5. He boarded at Kent School in Connecticut, then completed his undergraduate work at UC Riverside.
He later earned his Master’s in Business Administration at Pepperdine before going on to a career in financial analysis for several well-known companies, including ADP, Vivendi and Herbalife.
It was at Pepperdine where DeVoy met Candi. They started dating in his final year and remained together — “through thick and thin” — for the next 23 years until DeVoy’s death.
A reading of David Wright’s poem “Plant a Tree” closed the ceremony, which was followed by a reception at the home of Henry and Christina Bouchot.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the Ozzy Foundation, a Whittier-based non-profit that provides financial aid for pet owners with sudden or chronic veterinary bills.