Father James D. Daley
Father James D. Daley
Father James D. Daley, 95, the son of the late John H. and Margaret (Harpinger) Daley, died on Dec. 26, 2022 at Ellis Hospital.

Father Daley graduated from Vincentian Institute in Albany. After serving in the Army during World War II and studying at Siena College, he entered Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. Ordained in 1954, Father Daley served at Saint Patrick’s in Troy until 1957. He did graduate studies at Catholic University in Washington from 1957-59 and taught classical languages at the former Mater Christi Seminary in Albany from 1959-70. 

In 1970, he became pastor of the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle in Delmar, where he served until his retirement in 2002. In his retirement, he ministered at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Latham. He had previously served as chaplain and was an honorary member of the Elsmere Fire Co. since the early 1980s.

Father Daley was predeceased by his sisters, Joan Brennan, Sister Maria Rosario (Regina) Daley, MM, Rose McAuliffe and Veronica Zimmerman; brothers-in-law, Charles Brennan, John (Jack) McAuliffe and Harold (Bud) Zimmerman; and a nephew, Michael Brennan. He is survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

A funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Jan. 4 in Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Latham and interment followed at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Colonie.

Donations may be made in Father Daley’s memory to the Albany Diocesan Seminarian Fund, 40 North Main Ave., Albany, N.Y., 12203.