Richard Delaney

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Richard “Dick” Delaney died May 3, he was 83. Born in Dorchester, the son of Walter F. Delaney and Mabelle Delaney. He was the youngest of four children.  He attended St. Gregory’s School and Dorchester High School.

He attended Boston University and served during the Korean War.  Upon his return from the war, he joined his father’s insurance agency, Walter F. Delaney Insurance, in Lower Mills and started his career in the industry.  Dick stayed connected to some of his DorchesteRichard Delaneyr childhood friends his entire life.  He was also close to many of his 52 cousins.

As a teenager, Dick worked in the locker room of the Boston Braves.  He continued to be a lifelong fan of the Braves.  He was also a big Boston Bruins fan.   He married Joan Ford in 1955 and they settled in Canton and later Milton.  During those years they had  their four children and eventually moved to Scituate, MA . Scituate proved to be a wonderful place for his family.  He enjoyed living near the ocean, and spending time with Joan and his four children.  He was a lover of dogs and the family would have at least two dogs at any given time. Dick also worked in the auto industry and was always interested in cars.  He especially loved sporty convertibles.

After his children were grown and on their own, Joan and Dick moved to Naples, FL where they enjoyed nine years there until Joan’s passing in 2002.  Dick continued to live in Naples until 2011, and enjoyed many strong friendships there.  He returned to Massachusetts and had wonderful times with his children and grandchildren, Katherine and Pierce McNally.  Many good memories were created on Cape Cod, special family events and holidays.  Each visit with Dick was very special to all.  Dick touched many peoples’ lives in a special way.  He was a true gentleman, a dapper dresser, with a wonderful laugh, and warm personality. He had a great love for his country.  He was a man of great faith and understanding. He will truly be missed.  The Delaney Family would like to thank the staff of the John Scott House in Braintree for their kind and compassionate care of Richard.  They would also like to thank Hospice of South Shore.

Dick was the beloved husband of the late Joan (Ford) Delaney.  Devoted father of Wendy A. McNally and her husband John of Concord, MA., Timothy D. Delaney and his wife Theresa Kelliher of Medford, James R. Delaney of Braintree, and Suzanne E. Delaney, and her fiancé James R. Harkin of Plymouth. Grandfather of Katherine McNally, Pierce McNally, and a Grandfather figure to Mary Harkin and Jack Harkin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 9, at St. Agatha’s Church, MILTON, at 10:30 am. Visiting Hours at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thurs. May 8, 4 – 8 pm. Interment Private. Late Army Vet. Korean War.  If desired, contributions in Richard’s memory may be sent to either the South Shore Hospital, Dept. of Neurology, 55 Fogg Rd., Weymouth, MA 02190 or Hospice of South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park, Rockland, MA 02370.