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A. Graham Delany Obituary

A. Graham Delany A. Graham Delany, 95, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and East Hampton, New York, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2013. He was born on October 9, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Melene Hart Delany, to whom he was married for 63 years; and his parents, Ambrose Bertram Delany and Louise Worn Delany, both formerly of Brooklyn, New York. He is survived by his children, Peter Graham Delany and his wife, Grenelle, of Charlottesville; Brook Louise Delany of Denver, Colorado; A. Graham Delany Jr. and his wife Teri, of Charlottesville; and David Scott Delany, of Charlottesville; seven grandchildren, Gray and Charlotte Delany, Mallory Bau and her husband, Brian, Paxton and Jack Delany, and Paige and Brendan Delany; two great-grandchildren, Kinsley and Keaton Bau; and also honorary family member Beth Roggow. Graham married Melene in 1944 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. They raised their family in Garden City, New York, and later moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1969. He was a member of the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Cherry Valley Club in Garden City, New York, the Maidestone Club in East Hampton, New York, and the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett, New York. At Devon, he presided as Vice-Commodore for many years. Graham served as a member of the Charlottesville Rotary Club during his business years and also was on the board of The United Way. Graham grew up as a true New Yorker embedded in the history, structure, and traditions of his family up- bringing. The family business, Coyne and Delany Company, was founded by his grandfather John J. Delany in 1879. They manufactured flush valves and high tanks in a large four-story factory building in Brooklyn, New York. In 1969, they relocated the company to Charlottesville, Virginia. Graham loved work and his daily routine, and was always most comfortable at the office. In his latter years, that tradition never changed. He loved his summers in East Hampton, sipping on a vodka tonic, or two, on the veranda at the Devon Yacht Club at sunset. He loved crewing for his children during competitive sailing races, playing a nice round of golf at Farmington or Maidestone, having long breakfasts reading the paper while enjoying Melene's fried eggs and bacon, dinners at Farmington, reading, and being in charge! Graham was blessed with a great life, not many regrets, although his golf game could always be tweaked! He had sayings like "loosey goosey," and "I have enough problems of my own," "You people," and "I can't be bothered," most always predictable when said. Graham was educated at Poly Prep '36 in Brooklyn, New York and Lehigh University '40 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. During World War II, from 1941 until 1944, Graham served in the Army Corps of Engineers rising to the rank of Major. The family would like to thank the staff at the Colonnades for their fine care and great fondness for Graham. Also, a most special thank you to Selita Hester for her many hours as a caregiver to 'Charlie'. She is a true angel, with wonderful humor and insight. We are grateful for all of you! The family suggests that any memorial contributions be sent to The Alzheimer's Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or Hospice of the Piedmont A celebration of Graham's life will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 6, 2013, at St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, 401 Alderman Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. Friends may sign the guest book at

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.
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