Seneca Falls: David H. DeLelys, 74, lifelong resident of Seneca Falls, passed away on Sunday, January 16th, 2022 at Clifton Springs Hospital after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Calling Hours will be Sunday, January 23rd from 2 - 5 PM at Doran Funeral Home, 4 East Bayard St., Seneca Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 24th at 10 AM at St. Patrick's Church, 97 West Bayard St., Seneca Falls. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Columbkille Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beverly Animal Shelter, 50 East River St., Waterloo, NY 13165.
Dave was born in Harrisburg, PA, the son of the late Howard and Ruth (Gustainis) DeLelys. His family moved to Seneca Falls, where Dave attended local schools and graduated from Mynderse Academy, Class of 1965. He served proudly in the US Army from 1966-1968, and upon returning home, took employment with Gould's Pumps in Seneca Falls. He worked for and retired from Gould's after spending more than 42 years with them. In his spare time, Dave enjoyed fishing, and was a big Volkswagen aficionado and shared those passions with his son, David. He enjoyed attending car shows and at one point was the proud owner of a 1974 VW Thing. He also was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Seneca Falls, where he and his wife, Jean, were integral with the Sunday collections for over 30 years.
Dave felt his biggest accomplishments in life were his duty to serve the people. He served for 2 years on the Seneca Falls Village Council, and when the village dissolved into the Town of Seneca Falls, he served another 8 years with the Seneca Falls Town Council. Dave enjoyed every minute of his job working for the people of Seneca Falls.
He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jean (Colavito) DeLelys; sons, David (Kristin Gruenberger) DeLelys and Michael Williamson; granddaughters, Veronica and Chelsea Williamson; great-granddaughter, Arcadia Williamson; nephew, Chris (Ellen) Colavito; niece, Camielle (Scott) De John; and extended family. Dave was predeceased by his sister, Diane Baroody and daughter-in-law, Cindy Williamson.
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Beverly Animal Shelter
50 East River Road, Waterloo NY 13165