Lancer Insurance’s Patrick Delaney passes away

Patrick Delaney ended his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2023. Born on January 27, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York, he was the youngest of three boys of David P. Delaney and Eileen (Connolly) Delaney. In 1964, Patrick and his family moved from Marine Park, Brooklyn, to Belle Harbor, New York, where Patrick attended St. Francis de Sales elementary school.

Patrick Delaney
Patrick Delaney

He commuted back to Brooklyn to attend Nazareth High School, class of 1979, and then finished his education at the State University of New York, class of 1983.

Following college, Patrick joined his brothers Tim and Dave, who started Lancer Insurance Company, in the family’s insurance business, where everyone loved him and remained active until his illness forced him to retire in 2023.

Patrick was a confirmed bachelor until 2020 when he met the love of his life, Michelle McGrath, who he married on April 16, 2022.

Patrick’s family, friends and his beloved Rockaway community meant everything to him. And everyone who knew Patrick or even met him briefly realized he was blessed with a very special gift. He made everyone smile.

Patrick was predeceased by his Mom and Dad and is survived by his devoted wife, Michelle, and his brothers, Tim Delaney (Joan) of Islamorada, FL and Dave Delaney (Joan) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Uncle Patrick (“UP”) will also be greatly missed by his six adoring nieces and nephews, Timothy Delaney of Rockville Centre, New York, Alice Payne of Los Angeles, Elizabeth Burke of Ponte Vedra Beach, David Delaney III of River Forest, Illinois, Eileen Nemergut of New York City, and Patrick Delaney of Long Beach, New York.

Patrick’s family will receive friends at Denis O’Connor Funeral Home In Rockaway Beach, New York on Thursday, March 16 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 17 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donation be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Patrick’s name. 

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