Brother Thomas Delaney, FMS, a member of the Marist Brothers of the Schools for 62 years, died on October 30th, 2017, at Champagnat Hall in the Bronx, NY. He was 82 years old.
Brother Thomas was born in the Bronx, NY. He attended Mount Saint Michael Academy before becoming a postulant with the Marist Brothers in 1954. He entered the Marist Brothers Novitiate in Tyngsboro, MA in 1955 and professed first vows in 1956. After completing his religious and academic studies at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, he began his ministry serving as a teacher at Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ in 1959. He professed perpetual vows in 1961.
From 1962-2002, Br. Tom served in various roles at many different schools including: teaching at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, NY (1962-1965), Saint Helena High School in Bronx, NY (1965-1967), and Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ (1969-1975); a Dean at John A. Coleman High School in Kingston, NY (1975-1980 and 88-89), a Principal at Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville, TX (1980-1983), an Ass’t Principal at Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ (1983-1985); and as a teacher/mentor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY (1989-2002). He also taught for 16 summers in Dublin, Ireland at the Marist Brothers International Language School.
After retiring, Brother Thomas lived in the Marist Brothers Cottage Community in Esopus, NY (2002), the Marist Brothers 89th Avenue Community in Miami, FL (2002-2004), the Archbishop Molloy 4th Floor Community in Queens, NY (2004-2007), the Marist Brothers Community in Palmetto Bay, FL (2007-2010), Jeanne Jugan Residence in the Bronx, NY (2010-2012), and then at Champagnat Hall in the Bronx, NY, where he was living from 2012 until his death.
He was the loving son of Thomas and Beatrice (O’Hara) Delaney and is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Maureen. He is survived by his niece, Eileen, nephews PJ and John, cousins, his Marist Brothers and many friends.