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Edward Francis Maley  

Edward Francis Maley
“Coach Mal”

October 3, 1934 – November 18, 2016

As if choreographed by divine providence, Edward Maley’s (Coach Mal’s) induction into the University of Delaware Athletic Hall of Fame occurred just 21 days before his admittance to heaven on Friday, November 18, 2016, at the age of 82.

Mal found that football, Jamaica, Pittsburgh, and the Jersey/Delaware beaches let him start a conversation with anyone. He always had an anecdote about his childhood in Pittsburgh, his 35 years as a Fightin’ Blue Hen player and coach, Jimmy Buffett concerts, Caribbean trips and reggae music. He traveled to the islands so often that locals called him a “Jamerican.”

The true loves of his life were his wife Patsy, his children, Kris, Bill, and Kara, son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Meg, and granddaughters, Alex, Rachel and Anya. Mal’s impact extended well beyond his immediate family and the football field. His character, integrity, loyalty and kindness impacted and enriched so many lives. His moral compass never waivered: love your family, enjoy your life, embrace change and loss with grace and humor. Always generous with his open heart, his time and his home, he never expected anything in return.

Although Parkinson’s and pneumonia finally sidelined him, his love for his family and his sense of humor continued to shine. He asked that you remember him as a “good husband, good parent, good grandparent, good coach, good people.” With sparkling blue eyes, he continued to remind us that “every little thing gonna be alright.”

Mal/Coach/Dad/Uncle Ed/Gramps/“Mr. Wonderful” is so loved and dearly missed. Special thanks to Mal’s Millcroft family for their heartfelt care, the University of Delaware for a lifetime of memories and Christiana Care for their sensitive support at the end of his life.

In addition to his children, he is survived by his sister, Irene Gorski of Allison Park, PA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; parents, Stanley and Victoria (Janiec) Malinowski; stepfather, Marion Motkowski; and his brothers, Richard Maley and Narcy Maley.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 1 pm on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the St. Thomas More Oratory, 45 Lovett Avenue, Newark, DE, where a memorial mass will be held at 1 pm. Interment will be held privately in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions through the University of Delaware Athletic Fund to the University of Delaware Football Program or the Ed Maley Football Scholarship, c/o the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 83 E. Main St., 3rd Floor, Newark, DE 19716.

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  1. Ken Murphy, November 21, 2016

    RIP coach Mal. Great coach and person.

  2. Bob Ashby, November 21, 2016

    Rest in peace coach. You were one of the first coaches to greet me at Delaware and I have appreciated our long relationship over my 40 some years in Newark. You will be greatly missed and I so enjoyed seeing you inducted to the Hall of Fame. Say hi to Roger Post when you get there. You had a great ride!

  3. Ron Rossi, November 21, 2016

    I’m going to miss you Coach. You were such an important part of my life.

  4. Mary klatt (schulz), November 22, 2016

    You were truly loved and will be missed, I’m glad you got to be part of my life , and always made me smile , and gave great hugs!

  5. Jan Parsons, November 23, 2016

    It’s been a long time since you three attended our wedding in Butler, PA, a long time since your Mom and I taught at Chrisana Salem, a long time since Bob played in the alumni band during one of Billy’s U of D games, a long time since Kara took my outdoor ed summer fun course, a long time since Pat and I worked on Chris’s high school graduation party! We all had fun with your Mom and Dad and Grandpa and Grandma….we have had a few glimpses of your life and just know that the memories just continued. Best of wishes from your Bethany Beach fans.

    Jan and Bob Parsons

  6. Father Christopher W LaBarge, November 23, 2016

    I will celebrate a Mass for your eternal rest.

  7. Marjorie Orendorf, November 23, 2016

    Loved getting to know Mal and Pat when Dan and I moved to Newark as newlyweds. We shared some good times at Christiana-Salem parties and UD events. So happy that Mal’s dedication and service to the University of Delaware was recognized by his induction into the Hall of Fame a few weeks ago and that he could be present. He was a wonderful man.

  8. Jim Kelley, November 23, 2016

    My Condolences to the Maley Family. Mal was a great coach and a greater man. He will be greatly missed.

  9. dutch hoffman, November 24, 2016

    Dear Bill and family,
    I am very sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..


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