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November 09, 2013
I just wanted to remember Dad on Veteran's Day; he served in the US Army 10th Armored Division as a radio operator in WWII, 1943-1946 at war's end and our victory over the Nazis in Europe. Thanks Dad for risking your neck in your youth to protect our future as America, having seven of us to enjoy freedom in our lives!
April 12, 2013
I am sorry we never met. He was my second cousin. His father and my father new each other well, when they were young. My condolences to the family.
December 19, 2012
I first met Percy in June, 1947, I think. He's my former brother-in-law, father of my seven Daley nieces and nephews. I introduced him to my sister. In 1947, a junior in high school, I was lucky enough to attend the Norfolk Music School, a summer school in Norfolk, CT run by the Yale Music School. Everyone there had a passion for music, and it was a great musical community. P.O., as I knew him, was in his mid-twenties, and came to Norfolk with his close Army friend, Bob Frye. Despite the age difference, they both liked me, and I liked them. We played competitive croquet after dinner, worked hard at our own music, and talked constantly about it.

Neither of us pursued music professionally, but it was a central passion. I knew his deep love of music and considerable knowledge. When we had the chance, not often enough, that's mostly what we talked about. A couple of years ago I went to a Belmont Open Sing in Belmont, MA, an event in which singers gather, both amateurs and professionals, to sing through some of the great choral masterpieces, accompanied by a full pick-up orchestra and conducted by Mary Beekman, one of Boston's finest conductors. We were singing one of Haydn's late great Masses, one I'd never sung. Suddenly I found myself looking at P.O./Percy. Like me, he had come to sing this work, which he already knew well. As I knew, he loved Haydn, especially his choral music, and he had driven all the way from his home in Belfast, Maine for the chance. Later I learned he regularly gave to the fund set up by the Powers Music School to keep these open sings going.

Who knows how much music this kind, quiet, caring man did on his own? I knew he sang in church choirs, and learned from his obituary that he sang for years in the choir of his parish church in Belfast. In the last few days I learned from talks at his funeral given by some of his children that his music, especially his singing, had a strong influence of them. I learned that he composed.

May Percy O. Daley Jr. rest in peace in the joy and light of his music. The singing will never be done.

-- With love from Joan Griscom
December 14, 2012
My sincere sympathies go out to your family. We have both experienced the loss of a dear one recently but heaven has gained two very special souls. Hugs to all.
December 12, 2012
Sarah and Joe,
We are very sorry to here about your grandpa.We hope your good memories help you during this time.
Love, Mark and Kevin
December 12, 2012
Sarah and Joe,
We are very sad to here about your grandpa. We hope that your good memories will make you feel better during this time.
Love Mark and Kevin
December 12, 2012
Condolences to the family, from one of the AFGE unionists who learned much from Percy's actions and demeanor. His memory lives on in us.
December 11, 2012
Percy Daley retired in 1988 as the AFGE Council 220 Executive Vice President. He served as EVP for 6 months. Prior to that he served as Council 220 First Vice President from 1982 to 1988. Percy began working for Social Security in 1957. He served as a Union officer in AFGE primarily in Local 1164 since 1962. He was President of Local 1164 when I first met him in 1976 and retired as President in 1988. He was a pioneer in his Local and the Council. He was a delegate at the first AFGE convention that I attended and the first meeting that I attended of what became Council 220 in Las Vegas in 1976.

Percy was the chief negotiator for his Local regional contract before the first SSA national contract of 1982. He was the chief negotiator for the supplemental field contract in 1983-84 which was the first attempt by the Council to negotiate flextime nationwide in field offices. Percy was the union chief spokesperson for the carry over project in the 80's which was an effort to preserve provisions of over 100 contracts in the field that would have otherwise been superseded by the 1982 contract. He was on the contract preparation team that produced the proposals which were the basis for the 1990 contract.

Percy negotiated, litigated and arbitrated. He was beloved by his constituents in New England and throughout the United States. He was a voice of reason and calm in tumultuous times. He was dedicated and thorough. He always focused on representing SSA employees to the best of his ability. He had respect for his colleagues and his foes and was always willing to devote many hours of his own time representing employees.

Let us all remember this great unionist in the time of his passing.

Witold Skwierczynski
AFGE Council 220
December 11, 2012
I have heard of Percy since 1983 and he WAS the union, the man who stood up for all employees. We will always miss him, and those of us still in the union use him as our guide.
December 11, 2012
I knew Percy as a Council 220 executive. For many years we were on the council's executive board. He was often the voice of reason and moderation on the board. It was a pleasure to serve with such a decent person dedicated to the service of our members. He will be missed by all. Condolences to his family.
December 11, 2012
I met Percy in 1978 at the 1st NAtional SSA AFGE meeting. His knowledge and his personal mein taught me a lot . I never knew about his music background, but his soul was open to all- Fly high Friend
December 11, 2012
I was a new kid on the social security block in 1965, transferring from the VA. I did not feel I received a proper salary adjustment and Percy agreed. He took up my case and stayed with it until the matter was resolved to my satisfaction. That was Percy--dedicated to representing those who stood alone! Condolences to his loved ones. A well-deserved rest, Percy!
December 11, 2012
On behalf on the Waldo County Democratic Committe, I offer our deepest condolences to the Daley family. Percy was an inspiration to us, and we wil not forget him. His values live on through his great works.
December 11, 2012
I met Percy Daly in 1975 when I attended my first union meeting of AFGE Local 1164. It was the force of his personality and his commitment to social justice that inspired me not only to continue to strive in a difficult work environment but to work alongside him to protect and serve others - "To do for all that which none can do for himself". He was an early leader in the American Federation of Government Employees and an example and an inspiration to those who followed.
December 10, 2012
My condolences to the Daley family. My memories of Mr. Daley will always bring a smile to my face. He was a wonderful man.
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