Thomas J. Delaney, III, age 85 of Taylors Falls died on Monday, September 2, 2019 at First Light Healthcare in Mora.
Tom led a life full of activity from altar boy and award winning pianist in his younger years to Arctic explorer later in life, searching the routes of the Famous Sir John Franklin and encountering hungry polar bears while doing so. He worked as a general contractor for many years, building a cabin in Hill City, where he was head Ski Patrol at Quadna Mountain in his spare time. He love owning and flying airplanes, many of them float planes. He was a public servant as Chisago County Commissioner for 10 years and President of the AMC in 2001. He loved to travel, especially to Hawaii and Ireland. And he loved family, always relishing the time spent with his children their offspring. He could not have been more proud of his kids. He’s telling bad puns, saying long story short, and having a beer with his fellow Irishmen in the next world.
Survived by children and their offspring, Thomas (Deann) Delaney, IV of Greenfield, Tim (Marty) Delaney of Oak Grove, Chris (Laurie) Delaney of Palmer, AK, Cathy Smith of Greenfield and Patricia Delaney of Greenfield; sister, Joni (Gerry) Delaney O’Connell of Roseville and his 11 grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Mary and son, Terry in 2018.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 am on Tuesday, September 10, 2019at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Taylors Falls with Fr. John Drees officiating. Visitation took place one hour prior to service at church on Tuesday. Interment followed the service at Kahbakong Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction and care of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com