Brian F. Delaney

November 28, 1958 – January 14, 2024

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Brian Francis Delaney, 65, of Glenolden, Pennsylvania, passed away suddenly on the morning of Sunday, January 14, 2024.

Brian was born on November 28, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to loving parents, Mary (née Swift) and James Delaney. He was the middle of three children and shared an “Irish twin” birthday with his one-year-older brother, Kevin. When his younger sister, Teresa, was born, Brian often reflected fondly how happy he was to be a big brother for her.

Brian was a prolific, professional musician and played in a number of bands throughout his 45+ year career. He played in several original bands, and for the last 30 years with The David Christopher Orchestra. The work of which he was most proud was working with his uncle, Joseph Reavy, and recording several volumes of Irish music and poems. He was also a music teacher in the Philadelphia School District. 

Brian embraced life with an uncommon delight. Always quick with a joke, his exuberance for life was truly unmatched. He was a big kid at heart and he loved to invent and play a variety of different games. His many nieces and nephews remember their fun Uncle Brian fondly.

Brian loved to tell stories and spend time with his family. He loved the time of year between Halloween and Christmas and decorated his house impressively, filling the space with warmth and light. He will be missed incredibly by all during this time of year, especially the trick-or-treaters who loved the special candy he provided each year. 

Brian lived his life to the fullest and loved those close to him with an intense passion. He loved his wife and best friend, Patricia (née McClay), for over 45 years. He is deeply missed by their two daughters, Shanna and Kerri, and their fiancés Timothy Walsh and Shawn Wiseley (respectively). He is also survived by his brother, Kevin Delaney (Monica), sister, Teresa Divinnie (née Delaney) (Michael), nephew, Thomas Divinnie (Rachael), nieces, Kaitlin Lopez (née Divinnie) (Ricardo), Moll Delaney, and four great-nephews. Brian is also survived by his mother-in-law Patricia McClay (née Smith), his sisters-in-law, Pamela Carey (née McClay) (Richard), Penny McClay, nephew Antonio Giacomucci, niece Samantha Newell (Anthony), and nephews Noah Newell and Patrick Carey. Brian is predeceased by his parents, James and Mary, his brother-in-law, Donald Newell, and his father-in-law, Samuel McClay. 

The family will be holding a celebration of life at The Fainting Goat (105 S. MacDade Blvd, Glenolden, PA 19036) on Sunday, January 28, 2024, from 1 – 5 PM. All are welcome



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  1. Aurelia and Tony

    We are so sorry for all of you. Brian was such a great person and very much loved by us. We will miss him dearly. We were so fortunate to see him and chat at Franks funeral. He told us of his retirement and looking forward to some time off.

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  2. Jeff Bottari

    Brian was a true gentleman and a great Man. I always looked forward to seeing him on summer Sundays at Nardi’s on LBI. It was a tradition for many years. He will be truly missed.

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  3. Jayne Zook

    Emily and I were so thrilled to have talked with Brian a couple months ago. He told us a few jokes and made us laugh. Musically he will always be an inspiration to us. I am so sorry for your families loss. I know he had great plans in mind for retirement. We are all so very sad.

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    • Rick and Denise

      We are very sorry for the loss of Brian. We always had good conversation about the Eagles and Phillies when we got together and fondly remember talking recently at Franks funeral. His smile, engaging personality, and wit will be missed dearly. He always had kind words for us all and was loved for this. We are again very sorry for the loss that his family is feeling and will pray for their comfort.

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  4. Mark n Becky divinnie

    Condolences for the family , prayjng gods comfort n peace keep you. During this time .

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    • Joseph P Calabrese

      Brian will be missed by all who knew him. Working with Brian in two different bands, we spent countless hours together, laughing, playing pranks, telling jokes and most importantly, playing great music to the best of our ability which was our greatest love. My sincerest condolences go out to Patty and the girls and the entire family.

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  5. Mary & Charlie Hertneck

    Brian was a cousin of mine. I remember going to his family’s home in Plymouth Meeting for summer picnics ! His mom and dad were my godparents. Our prayers and love are sent to the family at this sad time. So sorry for your loss.

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  6. Don Landolph

    I not only lived across the street from Brian and have not only known him as a friend and neighbor but also played music and was a fellow teacher with him in the Philadelphia School District.

    Brian was an extremely friendly, knowledgeable and passionate man who shared those qualities with those around him.

    The world has lost a great friend, educator, family man and musician.

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  7. Nancy H.

    Even though we lived nearby, I did not meet Brian until he joined the band from central Pennsylvania called Pentagon. I loved his keyboard playing, especially Root Beer Rag and Jump. He was nice enough to help me with a college project I had. We chatted about his trumpet playing and I learned all about embouchure. I respected him as a musician and a person, and I am devastated by his early passing! Rip Brian, you will be missed!

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  8. Leora and Rob

    We are so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. We have fond memories of him. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

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    • Michael Baglio

      It was a wonderful opportunity to perform with Brian on several occasions, including as recently as this past New Years Eve! I drove Brian around a few times and he always had a funny story or joke to share. He mentioned on several occasions his love for his family and many of his friends. His presence will be missed, I send my sincere condolences to his family!

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