AA activist Paul McDevitt dies at 74

Paul McDevitt, a recovering alcoholic who spent decades generously working with others fighting alcohol disease, died Monday morning of vocal cord cancer. The husband of State Auditor Suzanne Bump, Mr. McDevitt was 74.

During the course of his continuing recovery, Mr. McDevitt helped establish Modern Assistance Programs of Quincy, worked in soup kitchens and homeless shelters, and helped Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in his recovery from alcohol addiction decades ago, according to a Boston Globe article of earlier this year.

“Paul McDevitt, you made a huge difference in my life, to be able to be in the position I am in today,” the mayor said at a June ceremony renaming the home of the Paraclete Center, which provides after-school education, in honor of McDevitt.

A graduate of St. Gregory Grammar School, BC High, Boston College, and UMass Boston and a former Second Lieutenant in the Mass. National Guard, he leaves his wife, two sons, Neil of Housatonic and Andrew of Attleboro, two sisters, Catherine Lent of Mt. Kisco, NY, and Marie Biggs Lake Forest, IL, his brother, Daniel McDevitt, and his sister-in-law, Joanne McDevitt of South Boston, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass for Mr. McDevitt will be celebrated in St. Margaret Church of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 800 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, on Friday morning, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. Friends may visit with his family at the IBEW Local 103 Hall, 256 Freeport St., Dorchester, on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m,.

“Service to others was a core value for Paul, and his service took many forms. In the soup kitchen and the board room, in the halls of government and the halls of AA, Paul worked for addiction recovery and social justice,” said Auditor Bump’s deputy, Alicia Curran, said in a statement. “His contributions to individuals and organizations were many and were an expression of his love for others.”