OBITUARY

Tim Delehaunty

November 14, 1968November 14, 2018
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Timothy Sean Delehaunty, dynamic leader and Head of the Tower School, passed away suddenly at home on November 14, 2018, on his 50th birthday. Tim was born at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA, and grew up in Auburn and Worcester, MA.

He graduated from Worcester Academy, and earned a B.A. in history from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College.

His career in education began at the Rectory School in Pomfret, CT, and continued at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA, and Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA. In 2008, he became Head of Upper School at New Canaan Country School in CT, where his colleagues said he led with grace, calm, and a deep emotional intelligence, always focusing on kindness and character. His commitment to education continued in July 2017 when he began his tenure as Head of Tower School in Marblehead, where he has been recognized for his vision, leadership, and dedication to the community.

Tim was a devoted athlete throughout his life––he played basketball, ran track, and completed ten marathons, and there was rarely a day when he didn’t run or ride his bike. He and his son Ian avidly followed baseball, European soccer, and professional and college basketball. Tim was also a wonderful fiction writer who published several short stories and loved to edit his children’s essays.

Tim is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years Theresa Delehaunty; his children Shea and Ian Delehaunty; his sister Elisabeth Delehaunty and her husband Peter Clary; his parents James and Katherine Delehaunty; his grandmother Mary Delehaunty; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visiting hours are at Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm St, Marblehead, MA, on Monday, November 19 from 4-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead, MA, on Tuesday, November 20 at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tim’s honor to a school or charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 20, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Bob Fles

November 24, 2018

Tim epitomized the keen intellect, patience, dedication to craft and kids, delight in language, enjoyment of sports, and belief in the power of education that characterize the finest teachers...one of which he most assuredly was. As his English Department head at Chestnut Hill Academy, I admired Tim's performance foremost in the classroom, although he performed admirably in all roles that he played. Gone too soon, but his students and colleagues were fortunate to have been touched by Tim.

Tammy Dowley-Blackman

November 21, 2018

Still processing the news of Tim’s passing. Sending care and strength to his entire family. I will always remember Tim as a genuinely kind person and passionate educator.

My sincere condolences.

Tammy Dowley-Blackman

Becky Josephson

November 21, 2018

Dear Theresa, Shea, Ian, and all of your family,
Peter and I are so sad to hear about Tim's too early passing. We are sending you all our love. Tim was a wonderful teaching friend, colleague, and department chair for me. He always led with kindness and wisdom. His humor and his calm often showed me the way. His students loved him for good reason... He had an instinct for spotting the truth and love in each of them, and in us.

Amy Good

November 21, 2018

Theresa, Shea, and Ian, we are so sad to hear the news of Tim’s death. We have so many fond memories of times with all of you in Groton and hold Tim in our hearts as a treasured friend and colleague. I always think of him when I drive by the Citgo sign in Boston and when ever some one talks about “blue sky” ideas. Such a gifted educator. SO many hugs coming your way. Love, Amy, Jeff, Allyce and Seamus

Jody Dobson

November 20, 2018

I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. I remember Tim very well from Chestnut Hill Academy, where I was Head of Middle School when he began teaching there. Even as a young teacher, he had a quiet maturity and presence with kids and with his colleagues. He was one of those teachers at the beginning of their careers whose promise was immediately evident. We were fortunate to hire him to teach 6th grade at CHA. I was pleased to read that he continued a strong career in education and that he had the chance to be the Head at Tower Hill. This is a loss to the world of independent schools.

My deepest sympathies to Theresa, his children, and his whole family.

Jody Dobson, CHA H'94

Ruthie Serijan

November 20, 2018

Theresa, Shea and Ian - Your husband and Dad(dy) will forever more be Your "Personal and Abiding Angel" for every moment you remain here on Earth ... for the purpose in Guiding and Protecting you from ALL avoidable Difficulties
May each one of you find solace in truly Knowing that... LOVE NEVER ENDS ❤❤❤

Susan Iger

November 19, 2018

Dear wonderful Delehaunty family...

My family, Katie and Amanda and I, are heartbroken by your devastating loss. Tim was sweet, kind ... and loving ... and we enjoyed every minute we spent with him. Although our lives crossed just a little bit with his, we feel his loss and can't imagine how hard this is for all of you. We will remember him with love and admiration.

Most sincerely, and with great sympathy ...

Susan, Katie and Amanda Iger

Rich Houston

November 19, 2018

Dear Delehaunty Family, I cannot fully express my sadness at the news of Tim’s passing. He was a great man with incredible class. These characteristics were clear to me the first few runs we shared in the hills of Worcester, Auburn, and Millbury while training at HC. My prayers go out to all of you. Although I can’t physically be at the wake and funeral, I will be there in spirit. I will hold in my memory the last time I saw him chatting and laughing at the lawn of the Dennis Lighthouse Inn at an HC Cape Cod reception. Best always, Rich Houston HC ‘78

Douglas Sarno

November 18, 2018

Delehaunty Family,

I was saddened to learn of Tim's passing. Tim was a great friend and I have wonderful memories of our time at Worcester Academy and the summers we worked together. As my brother reminded me, he was calm, leveled head, and was always considerate of others. Attributes I am sure he passed on to his children. I am not surprised to learn that he had a very successful career as an academic administrator. He was definitely one who lived out the WA motto, 'Achieve the Honorable'.

My deepest sympathies,

Doug Sarno, WA '86

Bill and Carol Lindstrum

November 17, 2018

A shock indeed. A life led with leadership, compassion and dignity. Our condolences to the entire Delehaunty family. In his memory, we are making a donation to Americare to help those who lost homes in the California fires.

Biography

Timothy Sean Delehaunty, dynamic leader and Head of the Tower School, passed away suddenly at home on November 14, 2018, on his 50th birthday. Tim was born at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA, and grew up in Auburn and Worcester, MA.

He graduated from Worcester Academy, and earned a B.A. in history from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College.

His career in education began at the Rectory School in Pomfret, CT, and continued at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA, and Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA. In 2008, he became Head of Upper School at New Canaan Country School in CT, where his colleagues said he led with grace, calm, and a deep emotional intelligence, always focusing on kindness and character. His commitment to education continued in July 2017 when he began his tenure as Head of Tower School in Marblehead, where he has been recognized for his vision, leadership, and dedication to the community.

Tim was a devoted athlete throughout his life––he played basketball, ran track, and completed ten marathons, and there was rarely a day when he didn’t run or ride his bike. He and his son Ian avidly followed baseball, European soccer, and professional and college basketball. Tim was also a wonderful fiction writer who published several short stories and loved to edit his children’s essays.

Tim is survived by his beloved wife of 23 years Theresa Delehaunty; his children Shea and Ian Delehaunty; his sister Elisabeth Delehaunty and her husband Peter Clary; his parents James and Katherine Delehaunty; his grandmother Mary Delehaunty; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visiting hours are at Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm St, Marblehead, MA, on Monday, November 19 from 4-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead, MA, on Tuesday, November 20 at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tim’s honor to a school or charity of your choice.