John Borden Delaney LOUDONVILLE – John Borden Delaney, 66, died suddenly Monday, July 16, 2012 at Albany Memorial Hospital after being stricken at home. John was born September 10, 1945 in Cohoes, the son of the late John R. of Saratoga Springs and Eleanor Borden Delaney of Cohoes. He grew up in Watervliet and was a 1963 graduate of Watervliet High School. He graduated from Oneonta State with a BA in 1968 and held two Master's Degrees from the University at Albany. John was an educator from 1969-1985, the last twelve years at Shenendehowa Central as a Social Studies teacher. He was the Director of the Legislative Commission on Critical Transporation Choices from 1990-1993 and retired as an Analyst at the New York State Department of Transportation in 2003. He is probably remembered for his incredible memory of absolutely useless facts that might come in handy for one other human being on this planet. He also possessed a sarcastic wit, but didn't really believe half of what he said. He loved his family, Watervliet High School sports, the Boston Red Sox and reading history. He was a member of the Watervliet High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. John is survived by three children; sons, John H. and Brian J.A. of Watervliet and a daughter, Dominique “Niki” (Sharif Ali) I, of Albany, as well as one grandchild, Amina Rose Ali, also of Albany. He is survived by his sisters, Cathleen (Bob) Cook and Eileen M. (Mick) Walukas both of Watervliet, and a brother, Dr. David P. (Michele Emanatian) of Amherst, MA., and special friend, Josephine Marsden of Harlow, England, as well as several nieces and nephews, and a grandniece. He was the former husband of the late Geri Wojnarowski Delaney who passed on May 16, 2012, and four close sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law on Geri's side of his family. Relatives and friends may call at the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet on Friday from 4-7 pm followed by a Memorial service to celebrate his life at 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to the Kathleen Campion Foundation, 4 Englemore Court, Clifton Park, NY 12065 or to Watervliet High School Wrestling, 1245 Hillside Drive, Watervliet, NY 12189.
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Published in The Record on July 18, 2012