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“Ray was a nice guy. He lived next to my Grandma and would help her out. RIP Ray ”
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“So many great memories.....love my cousins. Thinking of all of you! Baeutiful ceremony. They are now together in Heaven. Look forward to seeing...Read More »
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“Dear Dave:Frank and I extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family on the loss of your dad. May he rest in God's loving arms...Read More »
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“Love Uncle Ray, he & Aunt Gemma raised a great family that loved their parents so much. ”
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“I remember Ray (Mr Delaney) driving Stephen and I to Central Jr. in that maroon station wagon. He unknowingly taught me to be prompt and on time. ...Read More »
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Mr. Romeo 'Ray' Delaney, of Waltham, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on April 27, 2020. He was 87 years old.

Ray was born in Notre Dame, New Brunswick on April 4, 1933, a son of the late Joseph and Celina (Poirier) Delaney. Growing up he loved playing hockey and maintained the love of the game throughout his life. In the early 1950's he immigrated to the States where he and his wife, Gemma, would settle in Waltham and raise their seven children. He served with the United States Army in South Korea as part of the UN peace keeping force from 1956 to 1958.

He worked hard to provide for his family and until his retirement he had worked at Lincoln Electric as a warehouse manager.

Ray and his wife were long time members of the French-American Victory Club where they made many life-long friends. He will be remembered by all who knew him as being tough as nails and having a heart of gold.

The beloved husband of the late Gemma D. (Marquis) Delaney, he leaves his children, Debra Sama (William) of Mequon, Wisconsin, David Delaney (Gail Silvio) of Dracut, Paul Delaney (Laurie) of Hollis, New Hampshire, Philip Delaney (Amy) of Canton, Susan LeRoux (Mark) of Nashua, New Hampshire; his grandchildren, Michael, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Matthew, Josh, Jen, Kevin, Brian, Joseph, Jack, Holly, Danielle, Nicholas, Christopher, Kenneth and Kayla; his great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Ethan, Lucas, Leia, Evelyn, Abigail and Charlie; his sisters, Isabel Pettipit of Wayland and Juliette O'Byrne of Waltham and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Ray was also the father of the late Phyllis Keirstead and Stephen Delaney and a brother of the late Florence Reesor, Irene Arsenault, Rita Tobin and George, Dick and Albanie Delaney.

Ray's immediate family gathered for a private funeral service on Wednesday, May 6th. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Family and friends will honor and remember Ray's life by gathering for his Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 7th in St. Jude's Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.