James H. Delaney
Jim was the son of the late Timothy E. and Katherine A. (Sullivan) Delaney and was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts with his seven brothers and sisters. He graduated from Walpole High School with the Class of 1938 and started classes at the New England Institute of Sanitary Science in Boston, which at the time was a six-month program. After graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Army. While he was stationed with the 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Yankee Division, the United States was drawn into World War II, and Jim was sent overseas to take part in the European Theatre of Operations, where he would be promoted to Technical Sergeant. Upon his discharge, Jim returned home to Walpole only to find out that the six-month program at the New England Institute had been extended to nine months.
Jim worked several jobs after his discharge including at his brother's gas station, Ted's Sunoco, the Walpole Post Office, Dalton's Package Store, and the window at the Foxboro Race Track. He married the love of his life, Ellen B. Moran, in 1950 and together they made their home on Hutchinson Road in Walpole. Jim eventually returned to school, finishing the requirements for his Diploma from the New England Institute in 1957, and after obtaining his license, Jim moved his young family into the second floor of the property at 48 Common Street and opened the James H. Delaney Funeral Home on the first floor. The building saw many changes after Jim started his business, after seeing the need for more space, he added the rear addition in 1970 and added the front portico in 1976.
On July 27, 1987, Jim officially retired after selling the family business to his son, Jay, however, unofficially he never really retired. He could be found in the front hall of many wakes and funerals, greeting people that he knew from around town. He remained active in his community and was a Life member of the Walpole VFW Post 5188, a member of The American Legion Thomas Crowley Post 104, the Walpole Knights of Columbus Council 1319, Irish Social Club- Norwood, former member of the Walpole Rotary Club, former member of the Walpole Zoning Board of Appeals, Veteran Memorial Committee, and the Walpole a'" Canton Barbershoppers. In additions as a man of great faith, Jim served as an usher at the Noon Mass every Sunday at Blessed Sacrament Church in Walpole.
Jim passed away on July 30, 2010, however he leaves a wonderful legacy, both personal and professional. He would be thrilled to know that his son and grandson have picked up where he left off, continuing to own and operate the Delaney Funeral Home.