A. Thomas Delery, 88, died peacefully July 31, 2014, after a lengthy illness. A native of New Orleans, Mr. Delery spent most of his life in Baton Rouge. Mr. Delery grew up in St. Bernard Parish and was a boarder of St. Paul's Academy in Covington. A Navy veteran, Mr. Delery served 1944-1946 in the Pacific Theater of WWII on the battleship New Jersey. In post-war New Orleans, he met and married his wife of 63 years, Dorothy, who had worked for the Higgins boat building firm. Mr. Delery had an extensive career in retailing/merchandising with Rosenfield's, Lerner's, Goudchaux's, and Wilson's/Service Merchandise, where he served as store manager and later as buyer for the organization's dozens of stores. He was the founder of Delery's Modern Woman stores. He later formed Discoveries, an independent representative organization that served several southern states. He was a devout Catholic, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and member of Kiwanis. Mr. Delery is survived by his sister Noel Delery Stuart of La Jolla, two sons, Thomas Jr. of Seattle, WA; Richard (Marylou) of Laguna Nigel, CA; two daughters, Noel Delery and Barbara Baricev (Michael) of Mandeville; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife Dorothy, son Denis, parents Louis John and Noel Livaudais Delery and his siblings Oliver S. Delery, Louis J. Delery, Jr., Elaine Delery Guillory, Edward J. Delery and Richard Delery. Family and friends are invited to a visitation 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday Aug. 4, 2014, at MARY QUEEN OF PEACE, 1501 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. A private burial will take place at a later date. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5, 2014