Obituary of Guy Maclachlan Devenny
Guy Devenny, an honoured member of the Saskatchewan Aviation Hall of Fame, flew west on his final flight on June 1, 2021.
Guy was born in Weyburn on September 21, 1928. After schooling, Guy worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway before joining SaskTel in 1946. Guy retired from SaskTel in 1981 as the Manager of Construction for Northern Saskatchewan.
Guy is survived by his wonderful wife of 70 years, Leona (nee Geiss). After spending their early years together in Moose Jaw, Guy and Leona moved to Saskatoon in 1961 where they continued to live and raise their two sons, Jim (Renee) Devenny and Gord (Barb) Devenny.
In the early 1970’s Guy became involved in aviation. Hanging out at the airport with their Dad inspired Jim and Gord to begin their own careers in aviation, of which Guy was very proud.
Guy is also survived by his six grandchildren (Ashleigh, Brynden, Dawn, Catherine, Michael, Patricia) and fourteen great-grandchildren. Guy passed his love of aviation down to his grandchildren, and enjoyed many visits and storytelling with them over the years. He was always excited to have his grandkids and great-grandkids come visit and to take them on hangar and museum tours, or if they were really lucky, maybe even an airplane ride.
Guy spent many years bush flying in the north in his second career. A few years ago he was the only person in the retirement home flying a Turbo Otter on floats.
Guy became an instructor at Mitchinsons Flying Service and trained many pilots who went on to international flying careers. During his career he was an instructor, a mentor, father figure, chauffeur, banker, and marriage counsellor to countless aspiring young pilots. He maintained contact with many of his students and was very proud of all of them in their careers. Guy was especially close with four of his students, Dale Tiedeman, Darren Malcolm, Jason Bews, and his good friend Jim Guenther. Thank you all for your long term friendship.
Guy was very appreciative of the time he got to spend with the Glass Family at Athabasca, with Janet Keim and the Mitchinson gang, and up until last fall, working as the hangar rat for Andrew Babey, as well as volunteering at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum with Dorrin Wallace and friends. Guy truly enjoyed his Sunday morning hangar coffee buddies as well.
Sincere thanks to Lisa and the staff at Luther Special Care – you are fantastic and we appreciate all that you have done for Guy.
No service will be held at this time, however when the world returns to normal, a good ol’ hangar party celebration will occur in honour of Dad.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Guy
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Death notice for the town of: Saskatoon, Province: Saskatchewan