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The Passing of Brother Delaney, 11th headmaster of Iona Preparatory School

Iona Preparatory School was saddened to learn that former headmaster Brother Harold Michael Delaney, who came to New Rochelle when the school made its fifth and final move from North Avenue to the corner of Stratton and Wilmot Roads, died on Feb. 13 at St. Joseph's Care Residence. He was 94.

The eleventh headmaster of Iona Prep, Brother Delaney was the first to preside over the then-new $2.7 million, five-building complex that would open at its present location in September 1967. During his eight-year tenure that lasted until 1975, Brother Delaney maximized the attractiveness of the new facility, drawing more than 800 young men per year from Westchester, southern Connecticut and northern New York City. He added football and baseball fields, along with a track, to the school's athletic complex, and through successful fundraising, oversaw the expansion of Parents Hall. At its opening, Parents Hall was a multipurpose building that included a computer technology center and additional classroom space.

At the conclusion of his headmastership, Brother Delaney was elected provincial of the Edmund Rice Christian Brother North American province, where he would serve for another decade before becoming its director of development. Prior to the Prep, he was the founding principal of Monsignor Farrell on Staten Island when the school first opened its doors on Sept. 11, 1961. Before that, Brother Delaney was stationed at Power Memorial Academy (1951 - 1961) and Cardinal Hayes High School (1950 - 1951), and served in World War II during the European Theater campaign.

Brother held a bachelor's and master's in economics from Fordham University, as well as masters' in administration and guidance from Seton Hall University. He first entered the Congregation of Christian Brothers on Aug. 24, 1949, and made his final vows on June 27, 1957.

We ask that you pray for the repose of his soul, for his family, and for all who loved him. For those wishing to pay their respects, the arrangements are as follows:

Visitation:
Sunday, Feb. 18, 1 - 4 p.m.
St. Joseph's Residence Community
30 Montgomery Circle
New Rochelle, N.Y.
(914) 633-6851

Mass:
Monday, Feb. 19, 9:30 a.m.
Holy Family Church
83 Clove Road (at Mayflower Avenue)
New Rochelle, NY

Burial:
Burial to follow at West Park Cemetery
1850 US 9W
West Park, NY

May he live now as Jesus does...in our hearts, forever.