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Francis M. Lally, Jr.  

Francis M. Lally, Jr.

August 5, 1925 – September 4, 2014

Francis M. Lally, Jr., age 89, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Fran was the son of the late Francis M. Lally, Sr. and Margie Mae Johnston Lally. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lelia T. Stewart Lally, an infant son, Luke, 2 sisters Margie B. Lally and Ann J. Marvain and his grandson, Paul Michael Lally.

He is survived by his sons Francis M. Lally, III (Georganne) of Newark and Mark S. Lally (Mary Beth) of Lewes. 7 grandchildren; Heather Olson, Carrie Clark, Kelly Bennett, Mark Lally, II, Caitlin Lally, Morgan Lally and Sean Lally. Additionally, he is survived by 9 great grandchildren; Aaron, Hannah, Evan, Paul, II, Taylor Rose, Cameron, Chase, Mark, III and Reese. Also, Kayne, McKenzie, Nick and Arwyn.

A World War II veteran with the United States Marine Corps, Fran saw combat in the South Pacific in the Marshall Islands, including Eniwetok, Enjebi and Kwajalein. He served on the Delaware State Police Auxiliary during the 1950s.

Fran made his career as a meat cutter and meat and seafood manager with the former A&P and SuperFresh grocery chain retiring after 41 years of dedicated service. Additionally, he served as a public relations specialist for Haldeman’s Wholesale and Retail Seafood in Chadds Ford, PA. He also worked for Tomm’s Produce Market in Hockessin and for Stoltzfus Meats at the New Castle Farmer’s Market, finally retiring at the age of 87.

He was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America from his youth serving as Scoutmaster for many troops.

He served his churches as a Deacon, Deaf Minister, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher and anywhere else he was asked to serve others.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday morning, September 10, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11 am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lighthouse Baptist Church Building Fund, 1842 Otts Chapel Rd., Newark, DE 19702.

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  1. Wilma Kishbaugh, September 5, 2014

    Sending our condolences to the entire Lally family. We have truly lost a great man. May you rest in peace.we will miss you, til we meet again. With love Carl and Wilma Kishbaugh

  2. Bob and Fran Rockey, September 5, 2014

    Mr. Lally was a faithful Christian and will be missed by many. It was a privilege to have him a part of my deacon group at LBC. Looking forward to spending eternity with him! Bob Rockey

  3. Jim&Dee, September 5, 2014

    To a very special man that has touched our lives.
    To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.The people @ Lighthouse Baptist Church loved Franny with all their hearts and would of done anything for him.He had a great testimony for the Lord.The children knew him as the bubble gum servant and was greeted by him every Sunday morning.Now you are with your Lord and your wife Fran.We will miss you and it was our pleasure to get to know you while you were here on earth.See you on the other side.P.S.We were singing your favorite song today(Beulah Land).
    Much Love in Christ,
    Jim & Dee

  4. Donna Frost, September 5, 2014

    Just wanted to express to the Lally family how sorry I am at the passing of your father and a outstanding man of God. I assure you that you dad will be missed at Lighthouse Baptist for his Godly example, and his corny jokes. He always had a joke or something to say..He was loved and will be missed.

  5. Melba Thompson, September 6, 2014

    We will all miss this kind and gentle man.

  6. Debbie Sue Bryan, September 6, 2014

    I know you are in heaven with Jesus Christ but hear on earth you are greatly missed! I love and miss you!

  7. Harve & Rosalind Bennett, September 6, 2014

    Lally Family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Harve & Rosalind Bennett

  8. Ellen Reitz, September 6, 2014

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  9. Linda Goddess, September 6, 2014

    Fran, Georgeanne, and Caitlin,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

  10. Barbara L. Golt, September 7, 2014

    He truely was a great person and always had that smile you just do not forget. The candy man he was know for, just gave him that extra smile


  11. Patrick J Mahaney, September 8, 2014

    To the Lally Family,

    The staff expresses their sorrow for your loss and extend our prayers for your family.

    An Irish Blessing for you,

    May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
    May the soft winds freshen your spirit.
    May the sunshine brighten your heart
    May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.
    And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.

  12. Steve Andersen, September 8, 2014

    Mark I was so sorry to read of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family
    Steve Andersen

  13. Vince Begatto, September 8, 2014

    Fran, you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Les and Gwen Henry and family, September 8, 2014

    Dear Fran, Georgeanne and family,
    We were sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was a very special man with a wonderful testimony for the Lord. I have a feeling that after he got to see his Saviour, he is now basking in the love of family and friends, having fun and rejoicing in God’s goodness. We hold all of your family in our prayers.
    In Him,
    Les, Gwen and family

  15. Robin Brinkley White, September 9, 2014

    Dear Francis and family, I am sorry for the loss of your father, grandfather and loved one. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Robin and Courtney Brinkley White

  16. Faith D. Morris, September 9, 2014

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I send my sympathy on the loss of the patriarch of your family. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that he is now at rest.

    Faith and Family

  17. Jerry Schad, September 9, 2014

    My deepest sympathy to the Lally family from the Schad family. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.

  18. Glyn D Edwards, September 10, 2014

    To The Lally Family,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May the memories of happy times shared with love live in your hearts and lessen the sadness you now share today. With Deepest Sympathy! Bud & Tony

  19. Norm and Sharon Poludniak, September 10, 2014

    Dear family of Mr. Lally:

    We had the privilege of knowing Mr. Lally from Lighthouse Baptist Church these past few years. His quiet, steady and sturdy ways for the Lord are such an example to so many of us. He will be sorely missed here, but Heaven is yet an even more wonderful place with him there. We are praying for the family.

    Norm and Sharon Poludniak

  20. june moses, September 10, 2014

    Fran and family,
    Thinking of you at this dificult time.

    David and June Moses

  21. Diane and Alan Silverman, September 10, 2014

    Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Al and Diane

  22. Richard Traverss, September 12, 2014

    We are truly sorry for your dad’s death. We mourn his passing but celebrate his homecoming with our Lord. He was a blessing to First Baptist for many years and a great example of Christian character to many. Our prayers of comfort are for you and your family. Dick and Bonnie

  23. Jasmine Willis, September 22, 2014

    Please accept my deepest condolences, and may you find comfort in the Bible’s promise of a time when sickness and death will be things of the past. -Revelation 21:4


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