James F. (Jay) Delaney
Jay is a lifelong resident of Walpole, spending his early years on Hutchinson Road before his father and mother purchased the property at 48 Common Street in Walpole, converting an old Tudor style home into the James H. Delaney Funeral Home. Jay was raised on the second floor of the funeral home, attending Stone School and the West Junior High School (Johnson Middle School now) before beginning his academic career at Walpole High School. As an avid photographer, Jay could be found behind the camera taking photos for the WHS Yearbook and various other printings produced by the school. He graduated with the Class of 1972 and continued his education at Curry College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in 1976.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Jay enrolled in the New England Institute located in Kenmore Square in Boston, graduating Cum Laude in 1977. After passing the American Board of Funeral Service Education’s National Conference Exam and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Funeral Director’s Exam, Jay was granted his Embalmer’s license in the Fall of 1977 and his Funeral Director’s License in the Spring of 1978. Jay decided to find a different prospective of funeral service after graduation, taking a position with O’Connor Brother’s Funeral Home in Worcester.
Jay left the family business for a while and worked for almost 8 years with Whirlpool Corporation, spending some time in the Portland, Maine office, before returning to Boston as the branch operations manager. Jay left Whirlpool in April of 1987, purchasing the Delaney Funeral Home from his father on July 27, 1987. He has proudly served his community of Walpole for over 30 years.
As an active member of his community, Jay is member of the Walpole Lions Club, Walpole Chamber of Commerce, the Mass Cruisers (a car club), the Walpole Knights of Columbus Council 1319, former member of the Walpole Scholarship Committee, and is elected to the Board of Directors of the Walpole Housing Authority.
Jay’s passion for funeral service did not stop at the purchase of the funeral home, but rather he continued to give back to the young students in school, teaching Embalming, Anatomical Dissection, and Mortuary Law at the New England Institute at Mount Ida College. He later taught Ethics and Current Topics in Funeral Service at the Funeral Institute of the Northeast (FINE).
In 2008, the opportunity arose to purchase the home on School Street directly behind the funeral home, and Jay quickly purchased it for his own home.