GrayRobinson partner Phillipe Deve, a bone marrow transplant recipient, passed away July 12, 2014.
GrayRobinson partner Phillipe Deve, a bone marrow transplant recipient, passed away July 12, 2014. ()

Philippe Deve did not let the fact that he was hospitalized and undergoing chemotherapy for a virulent form of leukemia affect his plans to marry the love of his life, Natacha.

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The GrayRobinson shareholder was scheduled to marry the Miami businesswoman this year. The wedding took place on schedule—in the garden of the Sylvester Cancer Center in Miami on May 11. Fellow shareholder Marlene Quintana, a notary, officiated.

“It was very intimate and beautiful, the most heartfelt ceremony I have ever seen,” said Quintana, who introduced the two. “It was a happy occasion, flowers and all. I’m pretty sure it’s the first wedding they’ve had at the Sylvester Cancer Center.”

Deve died Saturday at the Miami hospital. He was 51.

The legal community and police departments rallied around Deve after he was diagnosed last year, with close to 1,000 people lining up at law firms throughout the state to be tested for a bone marrow transplant. A match was found, and Deve received the transplant early this year.

However, he soon relapsed, and was treated with chemotherapy. He died after slipping into unconsciousness at Sylvester last week.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Philippe ‘Philo’ Deve, a shareholder in our Miami office and a friend,” GrayRobinson said in a statement. “Upon joining GrayRobinson in 2011, Philippe quickly emerged as a leader in the firm, the courtroom and—perhaps most importantly—in the South Florida community.”

Deve volunteered for Legal Aid Small Claims Clinic and helped raise money for Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Internet resource center, which connects the hospital’s young patients with other children facing similar illnesses.

Deve was a recipient of GrayRobinson’s “We are GR Award” honoring attorneys who make a significant difference to the firm.

A service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at the Coral Gables Country Club at 997 North Greenway Drive.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center or the American Cancer Society.