Tribute to Dan Devine

Dec. 23, 2009, 7:25 p.m. (ET)

The skating world lost an ardent supporter and enthusiast in May 2009. Long a familiar face at the national competition, Dan Devine could be found anytime from 6 a.m. until midnight. Program in hand, he diligently tracked the competitors. Although Dan could no longer skate or even walk, his mobile chair provided transportation. It allowed him the flexibility to travel. He was found at almost every roller skating event in the Eastern region. In addition, he enjoyed traveling to Florida to attend the annual extravaganza at Skate Reflections. But most of all, he delighted in attending the Fantasy Skating Center, Reading, Pa. for the semi-weekly coffee skate, where he built a host of friends.
Dan had a history of skating experiences, having earned awards as a competitive team dance skater both in his youth and again as an adult, he won state, regional and national championships. But was most proud when skating the challenging array of tests from the beginning bronze to the difficult gold bar and medals. Realizing another dream, he later became a certified coach. He always strived to improve his knowledge of skating and willingly offered advice to skaters. Encouraging comments became his motif. He had no difficulty discussing the art of skating for hours on end.
We say goodbye to a friend, husband, father, grandfather and firm believer in the sport of roller skating.