Ronald “Dutch” deVuyst , 88, of South Boston, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 after a very brief illness. Born on June 18, 1928 in Amsterdam, he was raised in Aruba and at the age of 17 joined the United States Navy and served from 1945-1949. Upon being discharged, he met his loving wife of 66 years Catherine "Cathy" (Walsh) and was soon married. He worked for the MBTA as a trolley driver and was a Brother of Amicable Lodge A.F. and A.M., Cambridge MA. Dutch and Cathy moved to South Boston from Brighton in the early 80’s where he became a fixture down at Sullivan’s on Castle Island, and could also be found every Tuesday at lunch with his buddies at Florian Hall in Dorchester.
His love for the sun and Boston sports was beyond compare; he could always be found sunning himself in his beach chair outside his door while listening to whatever game was on. His love and devotion for his wife Cathy was completely evident when she had to move to Harborlights Nursing Home for the last six years of her life; he would visit her each and every day up to the end when she died February 2016.
Always with a smile on his face, everyone who met Dutch loved him, and he will be sorely missed by so many. He leaves behind several nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and great-grand nieces and nephews, along with many, many friends.
Memorial Service in the Wm. F. Spencer Funeral Home 575 East Broadway (at H St.) South Boston on Saturday April 15 at 11:00am. Relatives and Friend's Kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114.