Edward B. Delany, 91, Navy veteran

Edward B. Delany, 91, of Wilton, formerly of Ridgefield, passed away after a long illness on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Norwalk Hospital. He was the loving husband of Mrs. Lucille (Heling) Delany.

Mr. Delany was born on May 26, 1925 in Queens, NY; a son of the late James and Emilie (Bergmann) Delany.  Edward graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Corona in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy V-12 program. Edward was enrolled at Columbia University, graduating in 1945 with a Bachelors of Engineering.  He immediately entered service in the Navy with the rank of Ensign and was stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines, billeted on the USS PC-1133. In 1946, he was released from active service to inactive service in the Naval Reserves. Ed returned home to Long Island and earned his Masters of Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, taking classes at night and working during the day.  During this time Ed started his lifelong career at Perkin-Elmer. He also married his love, Lucille in May of 1948. In 1951 Ed was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Key West, FL aboard the USS Sarsfield (DD-837). In 1953, Ed was honorably discharged, moved to Norwalk, CT, and started his family. In 1954 Ed moved his young family to Ridgefield, CT, residing there for 61 years, until he moved to The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, CT.

During his time in Ridgefield, Ed was a member of St. Mary Church. Ed was also active in the Columbia Engineering Golden Lions Society, the Knights of Columbus, the Ridgefield Men’s Club, the Ridgefield AARP chapter, and was an honorary member of the Italian American Club.  He was an avid runner, a talented wood carver and followed the stock market with interest.  Ed was a constant learner with a bright curiosity. He enjoyed considering complex problems and finding solutions. During his tenure at Perking-Elmer, Ed’s work earned him and the company multiple patents. Ed had a hunger for knowledge of all kinds, including recent advances in medicine, engineering, and world affairs. A staunch Republican and devout Catholic, Ed always enjoyed a good debate. Most of all, Ed enjoyed family gatherings of every kind.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Lucille, and their children: James Delany; Patrick Delany and his wife, Anne; Jody Carfi and her husband, George; and Jeanne Clutter and her husband, David. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Sean, Chelsey, Victoria, Thomas, Calla, Chloe and Carina. In addition to his parents, Mr. Delany was predeceased by his grandson, EJ (Carfi).

The Delany family is grateful to the staff at the Greens, especially Ida, for the care that Ed received. The family is also thankful for the compassionate care received at Norwalk Hospital.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment with US Military Honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield. Friends will be received on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield.