OBITUARY

Gilbert Thomas Delahunty

May 20, 1931April 9, 2019

G. Thomas Delahunty May 20, 1931 - April 9, 2019 G. Thomas Delahunty of Chicago, Illinois passed away on April 9, 2019. He was the loving husband of the late Mildred (Millie) B. (Schlosser) Delahunty for 63 years and the son of the late Gilbert T. and Clara (Bourscheidt) Delahunty. Tom was predeceased by his infant son Michael and is survived by his children Patricia (Dr. Steven) Bookless of New Hampshire, Teresa Delahunty (Chris Alders) of the United Kingdom, Eileen (Steven) Frolo of New York, Margaret (John) Farrell of New York, Susan (Kenneth) Crowley of North Carolina, James (Joanne) Delahunty of North Carolina. He is also survived by his sisters, Kathleen Young and Diane Clarke both of Illinois, and many loving nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his thirteen grandchildren Kimberly Bookless (Ross) Thibodeau, Michelle and Megan Bookless, Alexis and Zoë Alders, Matthew and Stefanie Frolo, John (Sarah) and Caitlin Farrell, Ryan, Erin and Dillon Crowley, and Cameron Delahunty. Tom graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1953 and went on to serve in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, Tom worked as a chemical engineer for Proctor & Gamble Company while attending Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Tom graduated in 1961, began his career as a patent attorney in New York City, and through the years became a partner in the firm of Brooks, Haidt, Haffner & Delahunty. Tom and Millie raised their six children in Garden City, New York where they lived for more than 35 years. During that time, Tom volunteered in many organizations including The Garden City Fire Department, Ex-Captain and CPR Instructor; Lector and Extraordinary Minister, Saint Anne's Parish; Docent, New York Public Library; Amateur Astronomers Association of NYC; Commander, Sewanhaka Power Squadron; and Speaker at Cana Conferences. Tom also served on the Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh, NY) Board of Trustees. After moving back to the Chicago area in 2000, Tom volunteered as a docent at the Field Museum of Natural History, as an instructor for AARP Driver Safety, and served as a lector at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Glenview, IL). In his free time, he enjoyed photography, sailing, and travel. A Memorial Mass with military honors will be celebrated on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:00 am at Saint Ita Church, 1220 W. Catalpa Avenue, Chicago followed by a reception at The Admiral at the Lake, 929 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago. Relatives and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Ita Church. Info visit www.drakeandsonfuneralhome

Services

3 May

Memorial Mass

11:00 am

St. Ita Church

1220 W. Catalpa Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

3 May

Military Honors

St. Ita Church

1220 W. Catalpa Ave.
Chicago, IL

REMEMBERING

Gilbert Thomas Delahunty

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Jennifer Donahue

April 20, 2019

My prayers to the family. I have many years of great memories with Tom, we both served and are ex captains the same fire company, at the Garden City Fire Department. He was always a very professional and dedicated man. Have many fond memories Of him .

Kathleen Young

April 16, 2019

I adored my big brother. There was my Daddy, there was Tommy, and then there was God. Tommy was always kind to me. I probably embarrassed him greatly , especially in high school. I can remember some of his friends. Tommy left for college when I was young and wasn’t home much after that. He went out of town for a job. Then he married a pretty fairy tale princess; she was clever and had good advise. I was so proud of Tommy when he graduated from law school, while working and raising a family. They moved even farther away. So I was thrilled when they returned to Chicago. Tommy was “Joseph” a pious, charitable , good man, who honored God, and served his family and country. God grant Tom eternal peace with Him in heaven. Saint Tom pray for us and watch over your family.