John Delaney, 75

Award-winning teacher, former Oak Park Realtor

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John Patrick Delaney, 75, died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Nov. 28, 2012. Born in Havre, Mont., to Agnes and Ray Delaney, the family moved to Detroit, Mich. where he graduated from the University of Detroit High School. He received a master's degree in history and philosophy from Loyola University and a master's in inner-city studies from Northeastern Illinois University.

He was a member of the Jesuit religious order from 1955-1967 and lived in the Chicago area for 45 years. He taught during the late '60s, early '70s at West Garfield Park Upper Grade Center on the West Side of Chicago, where he was loved by his students and named teacher of the year.

He was a Realtor in the Oak Park area for over 20 years and was most recently a resident assistant at Hazelden.

John Patrick Delaney is survived by his wife, Sue Susman; his children, Brendan (Alice), Karina, Seamus (Jackie), Paddy, Maurya (Will) and Brigid; his grandchildren, Kieran, Liam, Aidan and Emmet; and his brothers, Jim, Joe, Jerry and Terry Delaney. Family and friends say they will remember his compassionate and gentle approach to social justice and for touching the lives of so many people.

There will be a memorial service on Dec. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago 60610. Contact Maurya Delaney for more information at

Contributions in honor of his memory should be sent to the Southern Poverty Law Center

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