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Don "Deacon" Delaney


1936 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Don "Deacon" Delaney Obituary
Don "Deacon" Delaney, age 75, a lifelong Willoughby resident, died Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011, at Manor Care in Mayfield Heights, surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 3, 1936, in South Euclid.
Mr. Delaney was owner/operator of Delaney's Chase Inn in Mentor for the past 27 years. Prior to that, he was interim head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the early 1980s. Don also served as the team's general manager and signed a one-year contract to be the team's head coach in March 1981. Prior to that, Don was the head coach at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland and Dyke College (now Chancellor University) in Cleveland, compiling a 200-101 record over 11 seasons. At Lakeland, Don also served as chairman of the physical education department. Prior to coaching in college, Don was a high school coach, teacher and guidance counselor at Kirtland High School, Eastlake North and Willoughby South high schools.
Don graduated Cum Laude from Kent State University, where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees. He was a member of Lakeland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Inducted 2010.
Survivors are his wife, Lorraine "Katie" Delaney; children, Mary Beth (Steven) Rus of Chardon and Michael D. (Kim) Delaney of San Diego, Calif.; stepchildren, Cassidy Balsitis of Willoughby and Maggie Van Gorder of Willoughby; grandchildren, Hannah and Jason Rus; brothers, Robert (Esther) Delaney of Chester Township and Larry (Karen) Delaney of Muncie, Ind.; brother-in-law, Andy Dingenary of Lyndhurst; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandchild, Jacob Rus; parents, Papa Dave and Agnes Delaney; and sister, Alice Dingenary.
Funeral services will be at noon Monday at Brunner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor 44060.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Online obituary at
www.brunners.com.
Published in News-Herald from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2011
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