Obituaries 11-29-2018

Herbert J. “Herb” Delaney

November 30, 1930 – November 17, 2018

Herbert J. “Herb” Delaney, retired Chelsea firefighter, expired peacefully with his loving family at his side on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Brooksby Village in Peabody where he resided for the past two years.

Despite a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, he never lost his loving good nature. He was 87 years of age. Herb was born and raised in Chelsea and was a son of the late Timothy J. and Esther F. (Hannabury) Delaney. He attended local schools and graduated from Malden Catholic High School. During the Korean Conflict, Herb enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving honorably, Herb was discharged in 1954. He returned to Chelsea and was soon married to Jean R (Leclair) Delaney. Together they would share the next 63 years raising their family in Chelsea. Herb was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department in 1960. He was assigned to engines 5 and 4, and later served as a Deputies Aide before retiring after 30 years of dedication and service with the department. He was a longtime member of Chelsea Firefighters Local 937.

After retiring, he and Jean settled on his much-loved Cape Cod in East Harwich and he has lived in Peabody for the past two years.

Herb enjoyed sports, playing baseball as a member of the Bobby Doerr Club, fondly remembering his day pitching “south paw” for the club in Fenway Park. He also enjoyed gardening, growing tomatoes and cooking, listening to music or watching planes land and takeoff from Logan Airport while sitting on his Chelsea veranda. He loved his family and the Red Sox and was regarded as the best grandpa to 14 (+his 5 greats).

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Jean R. (LeClair) Delaney of Peabody, formerly of East Harwich and Chelsea. He was the beloved father of Nancy Perry and her husband, Charles of North Woodstock, N.H., Richard and his wife, Linda of Corona del Mar, Calif., Kathy Richard and her husband, Edward of Melrose, David and his wife, Lisa of Peabody, and Robert and his wife, Lynn of Charlton. He was cherished “Pa” to grandchildren: Carolyn Bertolino, Christopher Perry; Kevin, Edward Richard and Daniel Richard, Jr.; Jeffrey, Katharine Grace, Patrick, Katie, Daniel, Molly, Dylan and Matthew Delaney, and his adored great-grandchildren Charlotte Spreadbury, Wyatt Bertolino, Liam, Ciara and Colleen Perry. He was the dear brother of the late Joseph, John, Thomas A., Francis X., Daniel, Marie D., Rita M., Dolores M. Delaney and Therese M. Breault, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home , Chelsea. A Memorial Service and Inurnment will be at Holy Trinity Church, West Harwich at a date to be determined. Memorial donations can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Holy Trinity Church, P.O. Box 428, West Harwich, MA, 02671.

Daniel Joseph Cunningham Sr.

US Air retiree

Daniel Joseph Cunningham Sr. entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury. He was 70 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Henry and Helen (Carroll) Cunningham,  Daniel attended North Reading public schools and graduated from North Reading High School, Class of 1966. After high school, Daniel enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on August 17, 1967.  He was honorably discharged as a Sargent. on Oct. 8, 1970.

Daniel, who dedicated 20 years as a flight attendant for U.S. Air,  has been residing at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home for the past 11 years.  He will be greatly missed by all of his family and his extended family at the Soldier’s Home.

Daniel is the beloved father of Daniel J. Cunningham, Jr. and his wife, Nicole of Exeter, N.H. He is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren:: Ariana Cunningham and Aiden Cunningham, both of Nashua, N.H., Adam Shaw, Anthony Shaw and Arianna Shaw, all of Exeter, N.H.

Funeral Services will be conducted at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea on Monday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.  An hour of visitation will precede the Mass in the Cardinal Cushing Pavilion, adjacent to the Chapel, from 10 to 10:55 a.m.  Interment will follow the Mass at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.  Arrangements are by the William A. Carafa and Son Funeral Home, Chelsea.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8517 would be appreciated.

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