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The Rev. Deacon James W. Delaney

December 11, 1928 – February 12, 2016

The Reverend Deacon James W. Delaney, age 87, of Wilmington, DE and formerly of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Born in Paterson, NJ on December 11, 1928, Jim was a son of the late William and Vera (Gunther) Delaney. As a young man, he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Jim was a graduate of Clifton High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Pace University. He made his career as an accountant with IBM, retiring in 1988.

A man of strong faith, Jim was a longtime member of Grace Church, Westwood and was ordained a deacon in 1975 by Bishop Leland Stark. He served at Holy Communion, Paterson from 1975 to 1990, then at Grace Church, Westwood until he retired from active ministry after 38 years of devoted service.

In his leisure time, Jim enjoyed reading, visiting with parishioners and spending time with his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet J. (Kirwan) Delaney; son, William Delaney and his wife Diane of Bear, DE; and granddaughter, Abigail.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, March 4, 2016, at Grace Episcopal Church, 9 Harrington Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church at the address listed above.

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