OGDENSBURG - James Joseph DeLac, 70, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Born to Joseph and Rita DeLac in Baltimore, Md., he had lived in Rochelle Park then Garfield before moving to Ogdensburg 13 years ago. Mr. DeLac served with the United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War on the U.S.S. Scorpion Submarine. He received his Associate of Science degree from the University of Maryland and worked as a retail manager for Channel, Rickle's, some restaurants and pizzerias, Harmons and K-Mart in Dover before retiring in 2002. He was a member of American Legion Post 1000 and the United States Submarine Silent Service. He was a volunteer with the Ogdensburg and Wallkill Valley First Aid Squads and enjoyed cooking, spending time with his family as well as being an avid animal lover. Mr. DeLac was predeceased by a granddaughter, Amber DeLac; a brother, Joseph DeLac; and his stepmother, Elsie DeLac. He is the beloved husband for 15 years of Barbara DeLac (Gundling), of Ogdensburg; devoted father of Dennis DeLac, of Greenwood Lake, Kevin DeLac, of Midland Park, and Michele DeLac, at home in Ogdensburg; loving grandfather of Anthony, Joseph, Victoria, Matthew and Jason DeLac; dear brother of Donna Donhauser, of Reheboth Beach, Md., Janet MacNab, of Silver Spring, Md., and Marita DeBus, of Newark, Del. The family will receive their friends at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral from the funeral home will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. A funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Aquin R.C. Church in Ogdensburg will be held at 11 a.m. Cremation is private. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Toepka, KS 66675; or the
, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 would be appreciated. Information and condolences can be found at www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Sept. 10, 2013