Percy O. Daley Jr., 89
Percy O. Daley Jr., 89, died surrounded by his family at Concord Health Center, Concord, Mass., on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.
Percy was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and graduated from Philips Exeter Academy. He served in World War II in the Army’s Tenth Armored Division in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his discharge, he earned a bachelor of music from Harvard University and a master's degree from Boston University. He worked for the Social Security Administration as a claims representative until his retirement. In addition, for 30 years he served in both regional and national leadership positions in the American Federation of Government Employees.
He was a tireless volunteer in community organizations. He and his former wife, Edith R. Griscom, raised their family in Westford, Mass., where he served as a Catholic Youth Organization softball coach and longtime merit badge counselor for the local Boy Scout Council. He was elected to the Westford School Committee and appointed to the planning committee for the development of Nashoba Valley Technical High School, later serving as the school’s Westford representative on that school committee.
After his retirement, he moved to Belfast and began the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. He worked on Belfast’s First Night event regularly. Once a week for more than 20 years, he called bingo at Tall Pines in Belfast and volunteered weekly at the Belfast Soup Kitchen. In addition to these community activities, he was a committed Democrat who was politically active for decades and served as the chairman of the Waldo County Democratic Committee. He was a member of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish and sang in the choir for many years. He was an active member of Amnesty International and a member of numerous musical and other organizations. He enjoyed traveling and was a fixture in the Belfast community, accompanied by his dog.
Percy leaves four sons: Christopher W. Daley of Westford, Mass., Timothy O. Daley (Alexandra), of Chelmsford, Mass., Peter J. Daley of Clinton, Mass., and Kevin F. A. Daley of West Paris; three daughters: Edith S. Daley of Haverhill, Mass., the Rev. Mary F. Bettencourt (Blair) of Massachusetts, the Rev. Julia K. Daley of Athol, Mass.; and a former daughter-in-law, Marie Woodman Daley; eight grandchildren, Amy Bettencourt, Jessica Bettencourt, Alexander Daley, Benjamin Daley, Kathleen Daley, Sarah Daley, Joseph Daley and Katrina Daley; and many cousins.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford, Mass. His funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 13, at 11a.m. at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford.
Memorial donations may be made to the Belfast Soup Kitchen, 9 Field St., #224, Belfast, ME 04915. For directions and online condolences visit blakefuneralhome.com.