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Harry Christopher deVenoge
  • June 10, 1925
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  • November 12, 2009

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Harry Christopher de Venoge, age 84, died peacefully at his home in New Smyrna Beach Florida on 12 November 2009.  He was with his wife and surrounded by his nine adult children.  Mr. de Venoge was born in Corona, New York and after his commissioning as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.  After the war, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University and a law degree from New York University.  He married Laura Anne Detwiller of Rockaway, New York, with whom he raised five daughters and four sons at their home, in Manhasset, New York, McLean, Virginia, and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.    Mr. de Venoge began his career as a civil servant working as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, later the Department of State, Internal Revenue Service and finally the Department of Commerce where he served as the Director, Office of Investigations and Security.  He retired from government service to pursue work in the private sector.  Remarkably, all nine of his children earned a college education, determined that they pursue higher education.  At full retirement, Mr. de Venoge volunteered as a child advocate for abused and neglected children working for the State of Florida's Guardian Ad Litem program.Growing up on the streets of Corona playing stickball, basketball and baseball, he became an avid sportsman. Later, he became an accomplished handball player and an unaccomplished golfer, prompting his move to New Smyrna Beach Florida in 1988 to live on the 15th Fairway at Sugar Mill Country Club.    Mr. de Venoge was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Joseph de Venoge and Agnes Heffernan, his brother Vincent de Venoge and sister Josephine Bull.  He leaves behind his wife, nine children, Francine, Ann (Joe) Yohe, Harry (Lori), Vincent, Thomas (Debra), Francis (Amy), Laura (John) Ronis, Nicole, Mimi (Frank) Pohl and 23 grandchildren. The entire family wishes to thank everyone for their support during our time of grief and in particular thank God for sending an angel, Holly, to be Dad’s caregiver.     Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to CurePSP – Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Mail to: CurePSP Executive Plaza III 11350 McCormick Road, Ste. 906 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or online at www.curepsp.org. Mass of the Resurrection will be Wednesday, November 18, at 9:30 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church New Smyrna Beach.  (map/driving directions) The family will receive friends at Baldwin Brothers Memorial Chapel North Causeway New Smyrna Beach on Tuesday, November 17 from 4 to 6 PM. (map/driving directions)

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  1. 27 Nov 2009
    John and Carol Collins says:
    Dear Laura and family, you are in our prayers.
    Harry certainly left a big spot to fill, and he left a big wonderful family to do the job. God bless you all.

  2. 17 Nov 2009
    Jen Rogers Spencer says:
    Dearest Uncle Harry, I love and miss you so much already! Thank you for being such a constant source of love, support and encouragement to me throughout all of my life. You and Aunt Laura are truly my inspiration and my role models. You are the epitomy of dedication to faith, family, and doing what is right. I know you and my dad are playing a mean ball of handball right now, up in heaven! Thank you, dear Uncle Harry, for being so generous and kind and patient with me, as I stumbled my way through my 20's. You and Aunt Laura took me in as one of your own not once, but twice....I will forever be so grateful to you. The memories are plentiful and the laughs are abundant, that's for sure. The entire deVenoge family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Uncle Harry, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His Hand. I love you and will hold your memory in my heart always. XOXO Jen/ Jennifa / Eggifer

  3. 17 Nov 2009
    Ron and Cristina (Tina) Miller says:
    Oh boy. What do I say? All I can say is that I love, admire, and respect Uncle Harry and have from such a young age. What a fine example of love and commitment. His marriage to my dear Aunt Laura is one I look up to and try to resemble in my own marriage. To raise 9 beautiful children is truly inspiring. I love the DeVenoge family and am so very grateful to have them as my family. We are all so blessed. The DeVenoge gang is in our prayers as you begin the grieving process. Thank you for all that you have all meant to the Rogers family through the years. May God surround you with his abundant love at this most difficult time. We love you all so much. RIP dear Uncle. Enjoy a cold one with your nephew Bobby who loved you sooooooo! xoxo

  4. 16 Nov 2009
    Mary Lou de Venoge says:
    How blessed are we who have known and loved Harry! He was a man of sharp wit, intellect, sensitivity, and compassion. He was filled with an immeasurable generosity of Spirit and Love. He has been raised up on eagle's wings!

  5. 16 Nov 2009
    Marc de Venoge says:
    My Dearest Harry, I miss ya already! I was the lucky one by getting you as my God Father, Aunt Josephine as my God Mother and Vincent of my father, I got all THREE de Venoge siblings to help me through with my life! The 3 of you plus Joann and Uncle Bill must be having a blast today in heaven, the warmth, the love, and the laughs will never stop. Harry you always amazed me, the gift you had relating to family and just about anyone. On the many trips we took together on the LIRR as you worked for TAG, in a 29 minute train ride you would strike up a conversation with a complete stranger and by the end of the ride you had that persons complete admiration and interest. And all the while you were looking to see if that person had a daughter available for dating (or future marriage) for my buddy Mike McGee who was a bit slow in the dating department, but you saw potential in Mike as a family-man. You were right Mike DID finally marry and now has 3 children, and I’m a God Father to one of his sons! Love you HCD thanks for the love and laughs!! Marc XXOO

  6. 16 Nov 2009
    Carol Hernandez says:
    Uncle Harry, you will be forever in our hearts. You left a great impression on me with your kindness & sense of family. It is without a doubt that a child's life was made better by you being a voice for them when they were in need... we love you and will miss you !

  7. 15 Nov 2009
    Mike and Jen Furey says:
    Although no words can really help to ease the loss of Uncle Harry, just know that you all are very close in every thought and prayer. Uncle Harry will be missed....We were lucky enough to spend some time this past August with Uncle Harry. It was cherished time and it warmed my heart to have him meet our daugther.

  8. 15 Nov 2009
    Mike and Lisa Mulville says:
    Our sympathies to all of you. Mr. deVenoge was a great man and certainly help shaped your lives, and mine. I have many great memories being around him. God Speed. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Mike & Lisa Mulville

  9. 15 Nov 2009
    Katie Yohe says:
    Poppop,
    There are not many people who I would sit on Ghanaian public transportation for if I did not have to. Being in a van that was meant for 8 with 18 people, baskets of fish next to me, no air conditioning, and even a live goat is not even close to what I would do for you. Not everyone thought it was a good idea, but there was no one that could stop me from coming home to celebrate your life. I got to spend 2 weeks with you this summer that were priceless. I spoke to you on the phone right before you passed and was fortunate enough to express to you how much I love you. The memories I have of summers in NSB, the opportunities you gave me for a good Catholic education, and the love and constant support you have not only given me, but all of your grandkids is one of a kind. Many of my friends are jealous of our family because it truly is something special. And we have you and Nana to thank for that. I am going to miss you soo much, but I know you will always be with me where ever I go... including my return trip to Ghana on that public transportation.

  10. 14 Nov 2009
    John P. Yohe says:
    Grandpa,
    You will definitely by missed. Last week I spoke to you on the phone and let you know how things are going in Afghanistan. At the time I really didn’t think that was the last time we would talk, but I am grateful I got to tell you I love ya and say goodbye to a GREAT man. I have always admired your strength and kindness, which is so clearly evident by our close family. Your children (my aunts and uncles), are all great people, and I look up to each and every one of them, just like I do to you and Nana. I am sorry I will not be able to attend your services but I know your spirit is with me as I finish out this deployment. I love you Pops. - John

  11. 14 Nov 2009
    Amy de Venoge says:
    Gramps I Miss you already but I know your having a splendid time up in heaven now. I just want to say how blessed and thankful I am to be part of the family that you and Nana started. You were such a great person and you have always been an inspiration to me! Love you Gramps enjoy heaven!

  12. 14 Nov 2009
    Ann and Joe Yohe says:
    Oh Pops how I miss you already. What can I say, you were the best father ever. The many gifts you have given all of us could never be duplicated. Your love, support, wisdom and integrity were always there for us. Joe would be the first to admit that he enjoyed your company from day one and I was a second thought. This disease may have taken you from us, but it never took your spirit and your desire to be with the family. How great it was that your wife and nine children were able to spend the last week of your life together. We were with you for your last beer, your last taste of lasagna and your last rosary prayed together. God is good. You will always be in our hearts. Love Ann and Joe.

  13. 14 Nov 2009
    Mark and Marie O'Malley says:
    My wonderful, Uncle Harry. One of the first memories I have as a child is staying with you and Aunt Laura when my brother Marc was born. You and Aunt Laura were playing some beautiful music and I remember dancing around with you like a ballerina. I felt such love and freedom from you. You also reprimanded me when I wanted to pick up the pigeons. You said, "Marie leave those dirty pigeons alone." Hey, you were right what did I know I was five years old. I wish you had been around when I made some other stupid decisions. I remember you encouraged me to become a special agent in DC. I applied but it wasn't my personality and I wanted to stay in Atlanta. I always loved visiting with you in Manhasset, DC and NSB. Some wonderful memories. Cousins we did have fun playing together. I still have a small scar on my lip from the bike accident on Stonehedge. And let's not forget Vincent sledding underneath the diaper truck or Harry being shot in the leg at Norfolk University. Your family sure did keep you busy. And of course, all the weddings. Uncle Harry your sons are the life of the party. Give them a few beers and they are dancing up a storm. It must be the Irish side! Ha! Ha! But just don't throw anyone in the pool! Ok! Dad loved you so much. There is not anything he would not do for you. Dad loved to introduce you as his older brother with a big smile on his face. The both of you loved your family so much. I have such respect for the wonderful gentlemen you were. We are all so blessed to have had these wonderful men as our father. Thank you God I am so grateful. I know you are joyfully together now. You will always be with me in my heart but it hurts because I will always miss you. The deVenoge legacy goes on. It will be good to all be together again as a family at the funeral. Peace be with you.

  14. 14 Nov 2009
    Mimi de Venoge Pohl says:
    Dad, I miss you. You were an incredible father and I feel blessed to have had you in my life. I will always treasure our time together. Some of my favorite memories of my teenage years are the times you and I spent together playing a few holes after school. You were always there for me with an understanding ear, wisdom, humor, and guidance. I love you, Daddy, now and always. Love, your baby,
    Mimi

  15. 14 Nov 2009
    Carol & Paul deVenoge says:
    Sorry to see you leave this worls Uncle harry, but you are certainly in a peaceful place, I wont say a better place because your home in NSB with your family was a better place for you! You will certainly be missed by all who have known you over the many years you were here. You are now at peace and able to spend time with your brother, and sister whom you have not seen in many years. Please send our love to them. WE'VE ENJOYED YOU ON EARTH NOW YOU ENJOY YOUR HEAVEN. wE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND NEVER FORGET YOU OR YOUR KINDNESS TO EVERYONE YOU HAVE MET! Love,
    Carol & Paul

  16. 13 Nov 2009
    Sheila Haines says:
    Pop-pop (I'm sorry I know you hate being called that but I will always think of you as Poppop),
    I will miss you more than I can express but I am so thankful to have your example as a strong male figure in my life and as my grandfather. Your sharp wit, sarcastic humor that usually left everyone in stitches, strong faith and above all huge heart will be what I will always cherish that I was fortunate enough to experience as your eldest grandchild. Thank you for teaching me how to body surf the waves of New Smyrna - although my cousins may not remember, you could beat Nana in distance any day with your eyes closed! Though I suppose your eyes would have to be closed, wouldn't they? Another talent you have left me with is an affection for pasta. When all else fails, pasta makes a mean meal in a pinch and who could want any more from life than spaghetti and meatballs from Vincenzos?
    I don't think there are many men who could hope to live the life you have led and to be the man that you have always been. You have been blessed and your family is very blessed to have you as our rock. I love you Grandpa.

  17. 13 Nov 2009
    Laura Agnes Ronis says:
    Thanks for all the love - confidence and guidance through the years. Your dedication to family will be passed on for generations to come. I was blessed to call you Father!

  18. 13 Nov 2009
    Francis Xavier de Venoge says:
    Figures Fran would be the first to post. Don't worry Dad, I won't tell anyone that I was the favorite. The secret is good with me. You will be missed here, you will always live on through us though, and you remain in my heart where you have always been. Your fight was heroic, rest in Peace, you remain my best friend and my hero. Thanks for everything, I love you, and I look forward to seeing you again sweet father. FX

  19. 12 Nov 2009
    Francine Mary de Venoge says:
    Love you Daddy and miss you already!! Enjoy your well-earned heavenly reward.
    Love,
    Fran

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