Joe was a graduate of Skaneateles High School and Utica College. In both high school and college, Joe excelled in sports and was recognized for his athletic abilities
Joe dedicated his life to a career in the construction industry, including 18 years at Suit-Kote Corporation. He was one of a kind and always gave the perfect advice, which was usually accompanied by a witty joke. Joe was kind-hearted and would always put others before himself. He lived life to the fullest and always believed the glass was half full, and best if it was filled with milk and a couple of cookies on the side. His true passion was to mentor others and help them realize their full potential. He coached youth baseball, basketball, and ran the Bill DeLaney Basketball League for many years. He enjoyed his yearly trek to Notre Dame to enjoy a football game and the traditions around campus. Joe enjoyed visiting Sanibel Island in the winter and had a knack for finding perfect, rare seashells to add to his collection. Joe found his true “happy place” at his camp on Skaneateles Lake, where he appreciated all that nature had to offer and enjoyed soaking in the early mornings as the sun rose over the eastern hills. When he wasn’t at the lake, he could be found driving his pickup throughout the area with his beloved golden retriever, Duncan. For all of those avid obituary readers like Joe, he would like to extend his apologies for bringing down the average age today.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, William and Mary Jane (McGrath) DeLaney, his infant sister, Margaret Mary, and his brother-in-law, Tom Magee.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Janet (Laxton), whom he met on a blind date; three children, Bill (Rui), Ryan (Cory), and Kathleen; and one granddaughter, Grace. He also leaves behind two brothers, Bill (Debbie) and Father Michael M. DeLaney, CSC; two sisters, Pat (Tom) Benedict and Kate Magee; one uncle, Father Thomas J. McGrath; one aunt, Barbara DeLaney; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The DeLaney family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Crouse Hospital for their exceptional and compassionate care.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 6th from 4 to 7pm at Robert D. Gray Funeral Home, Skaneateles. Masks are required and limited entry in the building at one time. Church services will be private with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to the Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department, 77 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152 or the Crouse Health Foundation, 736 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210.
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