May the Lord be with your family during this time of mourning and grief. You were a positive influence on my life during my high school years and while being a member of the Valencia Club in the 1970s. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and service to New Orleans youth of yesteryear.
Michael P. Kleiman
St. Louis, Missouri
Dana, Kim, Lane and Carter, I am so sorry that I was not with you all yesterday!! I only just read about the memorial a few minutes ago, or I certainly would have been there!! I have such wonderful memories of you dad from our youth on General Diaz!! The first of which was of him popping my first loose tooth on Halloween, LOL! It was so sad to have to move away from each other when they build I-610 . . . but the memories and friendships will be with us forever! I hope if you need anything, you will give me a call!
Much love to you all!!
Jay Molony was a one in a million great guy. Besides all his other accomplisments, he organized the State championship Valencia basketball team coached by Ed "Skeets" Tuohy who went on to coach championship teams at Newman. Danielle and I will always remember the Valencia Ski trip to Sierra Blanca, New Mexico. Carter, remember the fun and laughs. Jay had unlimited energy that was contagious. We will sadly miss him. Our prayers are for Carter and his family and all who loved him.
Bodie and Danielle Michell
I am sorry to miss the opportunity to see the family at SYC today due to work. Jay was such a wonderful mentor and friend to us Romaine girls. He was also a dear friend to our father. The whole Maloney family meant so much to us all growing up. May the amazing positive impact Jay had on so many comfort you all.
Much love, Emily Romaine
To Carter and Jay's family I offer my deep sympathy and prayers for what must certainly be concluding a long parting these last years. Jay was always such a bright light, it's hard to think of him any other way than on and imaginative.
Some of my own family have suggested that in my time as a Valencia member and later staff at the Country Property, Jay must have been my second father. In fact, and with deep respect for my own true father, I never thought of Jay as a father figure. Jay was to me more like the older brother confidently leading me into the next oddball adventure, as likely to go sideways as rightways, but worth the journey. To know Jay, his way was to be your friend and fellow explorer of life and growing up, I saw this over and over with hundreds of kids. Jay could be a teenager, he could be 6 if it was pool time for the 6 year olds. He would dress up with a coat and tie for dance night like all the members would do, but the kid in his eyes always beamed through. Next morning he's carefree in cutoffs, sockless topsiders and something that used to be a workshirt. I drink 50/50 ice tea and lemonade to this day.
Arranging or brainstorming activities and day events or trips, Jay would say to me to "go organize this" or that, and half the time I had no idea what to do, and wasn't sure he did either. It didn't matter, something was going to happen and the people, the kids, the energy made it work. I've carried this lesson forward in life, in business and spirit.
Certainly Jay taught many of us to be the best person we could be, and to not let uncertainty block the path of trying things. Jay inspired me to be more fearless, to be more compassionate, to be more patient and to enjoy whatever time with friends is available. I can't imagine how he did this for so many years, so many kids, so many smiles. I'll intend to go star gazing on the next clear night and look for Jay to twinkle back.
I am most grateful for my days at Valencia. I was so saddened to learn of Mr. Molony's illness and passing. He was such a wonderful mentor to so many youth in New Orleans.
My years at Valencia were some of my fondest memories growing up in New Orleans. Mr. Molony"Jay" was such a positive and caring influence on us all. Jay was not only a personal friend of my parents but he took me under his wing and personally taught me how to swim.I am truly grateful to have known him.My thoughts and prayers are with Carter and the family .Jay,we will miss you always.
Long before Valencia, Jay would pick up a bunch of us, pre-teens, in his woodie station wagon named "Vitamin" and entertain and teach us at his very infomal summer day camp. What adventures we had. Later at "Ice Breakers" with Mrs. Manget and finally as we grew up into the age for Valencia our youth was shaped, very well, by Jay Malony and his crew.
My thoughts go out to Carter and his whole family.
New Orleanians of our generation are much better off for having known this wonderful man!
Rest in Peace Jay.
Valencia was a huge part of my high school years and more. Also worked for D&A installing playground equip. Best job was getting paid to drive a group of "kids" to the country property and take them water skiing all day.
Many of my fondest memories are of the times I spent at Valencia and Jay was a large part of those experiences. We remained friends even after many years and I will miss him dearly. The city of New Orleans may never see his like again.
Mr. Maloney was the Walt Disney of New Orleans. He created and instilled wonderful family values and lessons to generations of young people. I was fortunate enough to be one of them. Many thanks and rest in peace.
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Malony is a reminder near and dear to me of my days at the Valencia country property. He was kind enough to accept the donation of my own horse there where he knew I could continue to ride her. I will always have fond memories of him. Thanks Mr. Malony! Leslie LeCorgne Mills
Have always felt so lucky to have grown up in N.O. & been part of Valencia in the 60's! Mr. Maloney was such a positive influence in all of our lives & will be remembered with much love & gratitude Thanks for such special memories!!
Kikie (Fitzpatrick) Priddy
Thanks for the wonderful memories! Mr. Molony was a loving and caring man. He will be missed!
Will certainly miss him. May The Lord be with he and his family.
mr. molony was an icon at Valencia. we were so lucky to have him. all the good he did will not be forgotten. prayers to the family
What a pleasure it was to know Jay at Valencia in the late 50's and early 60's! He made a great impact on so many persons.
I will always be grateful for the many fond memories and the opportunities provided by being a member of Valencia. I was there in the 60s when all the heads were young and enthusiastic and Mr.Malony was always on top of things. He was perfectly suited to his job and influenced a lot of New Orleans youth in such a positive way.
He will live in the hearts of many in our memories.
My prayers for you and your whole family.
Jay was a great person and I have very fond memories of Valencia. Loved the weekend specials of donuts or sandwiches and the dances in the dark room. Oh, those were the days. The City has lost a great leader of kids.
MAY GOD BLESS AND REST YOUR SOUL JAY MOLONY; YOU DID SO MUCH FOR SO MANY AND INFLUENCED GENERATION AFTER GENERATION OF TEENAGERS, A TRUE ICON.YOUR NAME BELONGS ON EDIFICES AROUND THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS. HOPEFULLY, SOMEBODY WILL PICK UP THE TORCH AND KICK START VALENCIA AGAIN.TEENAGERS NEED A CREATIVE OUTLET AND SOMEWHERE TO GO INSTEAD OF KEEPING THEIR NOSES IN FRONT OF COMPUTERS AND I-PODS. YOUR SHOES ARE HARD TO FILL.YOU LEFT AN ASTOUNDING LEGACY AND BODY OF WORK BEHIND AND YOUR REWARD WILL BE GREATER IN PARADISE.THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVELEGE OF KNOWING YOU ANDBEING AN INFLUENCE IN MY FORMATIVE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. GOD BLESS YOU LANE FOR HAVING SUCH A WONDERFUL, LOVING, CARING DAD. YOU MUST BE SO PROUD OF HIM...
Like most Valencia alum's, I knew "Mr. Molony" before the Jay Molony I came to know later working summers at the VCP or with D & A. Jay was one of those people who everyone had a story to tell. Although saddened by his death, his memory brings a smile as I remember my Mr. Molony and Jay stories.
So many fond memories of time spent at Valencia and later having the pleasure of working with Jay at D & A Associates.
Covington , La
As mentioned by others, who could ever forget their days at Valencia. And know that it was Jay's energy and devotion to the kids that made it work so well. Deepest sympathy to the family.
I would like express my sympathy to the family of Jay Malony. What a tremendous influence Mr. Malony had on my teenage years through Valencia and Young Life. I have the fondest memories of these years and will cherish Mr. Malony always.
My deepest sympathies to Jay's family and friends. I fondly remember Valencia in the early 1960s. Mr. Molony gave us a very special experience that I will never forget. I recently became a member of the Facebook page mentioned here. Thank you, Jay, and God bless you. Kathleen Kiker Parker (St. Martin's)
The memories of Valencia are unforgetable....and they all flow from Jay. Our prayers are with the family and for Jay.
My sisters and I remember Jay Molony from our Valencia years and the fun we had there. Our sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Jay. He was a wonderful person in our lives.
The Kiker Girls of New Orleans (Judie, KK, Colleen)
What a tremendous positive influence he was to those of us lucky enough to belong to Valencia in the 1970's. Prayers for his family at this very sad time. Winnie Miller Sheets
Jay Molony gave generously to the community and especially to the youngsters of Valencia. He was kind to all of them! Our prayers are with all of you in his family. The Berons
Who could forget Jay Molony!
...our very own Dick Clark look-alike.!
Deepest sympathies. I remember Mr. Maloney from Valencia days in the '70's. He was always pleasant, entertaining and kind.