Martin “Red” Delaney passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the age of 63.
Martin was predeceased by his father Jerry and stepfather Sterling.
He is survived by his beloved mother Frances; loving wife Joanne; his children Bridget (Murray) Lute, James (Cassie) Delaney; and grandchildren Hunter, Hudson and Harlow, all of Kamloops. Also surviving Martin are his siblings Jim (Cal), Patricia (Al), Kathleen (Lorn), Jean (Greg), Paul (Amaya), and Peter (Angie). In addition, Martin leaves behind his uncle Frank, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Martin was born into a large and boisterous family. His mother, siblings and their spouses/partners have always been essential to his happiness.
Martin carried on the railroad tradition following his father into CNR. He started his career as a labourer and retired as senior manager, with the many friends he made at work remaining an important part of his life.
In 1980, he met and married his wife Joanne. His two children were born and became the lights of his life. Eventually, three grandchildren entered his life; his buddy Hunter, Hudson, whose antics always made him laugh, and Harlow who melted his heart just by saying “Hi Papa.”
The other loves in his life included all of his puppies over the years, gardening, fishing in his boat, and staying in touch with family and friends both near and far, often using Facebook with considerable expertise. Our hearts are aching, but we will live our lives in a way that makes him proud.
We wish to say a very special thank you to Dr. Howie and his wonderful team for the knowledge, support and kindness provided to us in this most difficult time. In addition, thank you to our friends and neighbours for their kindness and support over the years and especially during Martin’s illness.
Memorial donations may be made to the Kamloops SPCA. The Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 in the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Dr., with a reception to follow.