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John Delaney

December 21, 1951March 20, 2020

John J. Delaney III, a long-time resident of Cohasset, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2020 at the age of 68 after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family. Born in Boston, MA to the late John J. Delaney Jr. and Norma O’Shea Delaney, of Scituate, MA. He was the proud father of Sarah Delaney (Peter Jackson) of Falmouth, ME. He was the beloved brother of Ann Szymanski (Jack) of Scituate, MA; Katherine Lauziere of Raynham, MA; Betsy Delaney (Greg Tardif) of Hamden, CT and Norma Delaney (Patrick Pilkington) of Sudbury, MA and a loving uncle to four nieces and two nephews.

A graduate of Thayer Academy and Boston University, John enjoyed a career in commercial real estate; brokering and owning properties in the greater Boston area. In addition to spending time with his dear dog, Reese, John enjoyed boating, restoring European cars and loved listening to music and reading historical and political literature. John was a skilled carpenter and craftsman who built his life with his hands. He found great joy in working on projects in his garage and remodeling houses. He had a deep appreciation for art and enjoyed taking photographs of sunsets along the beaches and coves of the south shore. John made friends wherever he went and will be forever loved and remembered by many.

The family plans a Celebration of Life at a future date. Memorial contributions can be made in John’s memory for the support of Lung Cancer Research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute https://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2766&2766.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T


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Leslie Beale

March 23, 2020

To John's Family,

I was sad to read about John's death. My thoughts are with you during this time of great loss. John was my best friend and the love of my life in my late teens and early 20s. I have fond memories of our four years together. He was funny, enjoyed good company, smart, talented, and was always ready for a road trip to anywhere. In recent years, I would visit him and Reece (who looks like Chuckles) in Cohasset and we would share memories of those days when we were young.

I will miss him but will also remember that when I was young woman, I was lucky enough to meet a young man named John -- a bright shining star that light up my life for a time.

And for this I am truly grateful,


Daniel Jones

March 23, 2020

Dear Relatives of John
I just wanted to let you know how nice it was to get to know John over at Bridges in Pembroke. My mother is a resident there, and all the women took quite a shine to him. I’ve come to realize that a memory care place is a sad place for families to send someone they love, but there’s actually a great deal of good humor and even joy present. John was a joy to be around. He had those women all worked up about helping him find his car and he even called me on the phone about where his boat was, assuming that I would know since I’d had it last. Apparently I’d borrowed it after driving around the South Shore in our Jaguars. Someone was coming to look at it and it was time to sell it. The best I could do was tell him that Simms boatyard had it out of the water for the winter.
He was a great character, and I’ll miss seeing him. Knowing that he’s either on his boat or driving his Jaguar helps.
Best wishes in keeping fond memories,
Dan Jones

Joe and Katie Jackson

March 23, 2020

Joe and I send our condolences to Sarah and to her family.
We met John at Sarah and Peter's wedding and had the pleasure of spending a short time in his company. We share sadness over the loss of his presence in our lives.

John Wellington

March 22, 2020

I am saddened to hear this news. He was definitely a man with a genuine interest in helping others. He was always fair and straightforward. I really enjoyed the conversations and know he will be missed dearly.