Michael Arthur Delaney Passes On

Michael Arthur Delaney, 59, died suddenly, January 2, 2007, at his Church Street residence in Swanton Village, Vermont.

Born in Barre City, Vermont on May 23, 1947, he was the son of the late Robert Sr. and Lucille (Litno) Delaney. He received his early education from the Daughters of the Holy Spirit at Holy Ghost Convent in Graniteville, Vermont, and later at the former Saint Anne's Academy and Society of Saint Edmund Juniorate, both in Swanton. He was married to the former Ina E. Thompson, who survives him.

Michael served 10 years in the Vermont Army National Guard and was a longtime member of the American Legion, Green Mountain Post #1 of St. Albans, Vermont.

He was a member of the Abenaki Nation of Vermont, serving several years as Tribal Judge, and also served the Swanton and surrounding communities as a Notary Public until the time of his death.

He will be remembered as an avid baseball card collector and NASCAR fan who also enjoyed fishing.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he treasured the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Ina Delaney of Swanton, Michael leaves two daughters, Dottie Thompson and friend Mark Cherrier of Swanton, and Ann Delaney and friend Jason Paquette, both of Franklin, Vermont; two grandsons, Ben Demore of Enosburgh, Vermont and Eric Demore of Swanton; two granddaughters, Samantha Fournier of Swanton and Sara Clark of Franklin. Also surviving is his sister, Mary L. Vasseur of Fayston; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bernard & Betty Thompson of Swanton, Lloyd & Shirley Thompson of Alburgh, Vermont, Graeme Thompson of Alburgh, Beverly Lemoine and family of Swanton, and Steve & Jane Thompson and family of Grand Isle, Vermont; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his mother and father, Michael was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Albert Vasseur; mother-in-law Florence Thompson; father-in-law Thomas Thompson; three brothers-in-law, Gilbert and Royce Thompson, and George Lemoine and two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Thompson) Crites and Nora Thompson.

A funeral service was held on January 5th at The Kidder Memorial Home in Swanton. Father John J. Meagher, SSE pastor of The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Swanton and St. Louis Roman Catholic Parish in Highgate Center officiated.

Also participating was Jeff Benay Ed. D., Director of the Indian Education Program for Franklin County as well as John "Grey Wolf" and Patrice Lawyer and Dee Bright Star representing the Abenaki Nation. A letter written by Michael's daughter Dottie was shared by his sister Mary Vasseur. Large delegations were in attendance from the Abenaki Nation of Vermont led by Chief April St. Francis-Merrill, which included members of the Tribal Council, Self Help Organization, NCSS and PAC; Swanton Village and Town Offices, Swanton Rexall, Swanton Mobile, Swanton Taxi, McDonalds, Swanton Public Library, Mary S. Babcock and Swanton Central Schools, McDonald''s, Local Avon Representatives, Price Chopper and K. Wright.

The Rite of Committal and Interment followed at the Delaney family lot in St. Mary's Cemetery with Doctor Benay reading the committal prayers. Taps were sounded and the American flag, which draped the National Guardsman's casket, was folded and presented to Mrs. Ina Delaney by members of the Swanton Detachment of the Vermont Army National Guard. The bearers were Jason Paquette, Jody Tanner, Brian Thompson, Ben Demore, Eric Demore, Mark Cherrier Nick Jacobs and Shawn Thompson.

Following the prayers of committal and military services a luncheon reception was served at the Swanton Municipal Complex hosted by family and friends.

Gifts in Michael's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, P.O. Box 1460, Williston, VT 05495, or to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, Inc., P.O. Box 485, Williston, VT 05495.

Condolences may be directed via www.kiddermemorialhome.com.

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