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Chester Kenneth Delani

Chester Kenneth Delani
  • January 3, 1940 - February 14, 2022
  • Wakefield, Massachusetts

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“My deepest condolences to the Delani family. What wonderful neighbors! I wish you all the best in this difficult time. God bless. Ralph Dyer ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Ralph Dyer - Valrico, FL

“How fortunate our family was to have experienced the talent and dedication of Mr. Delani through our Haynes School years in Sudbury. We remember Chet...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Nancy Scofield

“Maura and I are sorry that we're away and couldn't offer our condolences in person. We both remember Chet as a caring colleague and parent. I was...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Kathleen Buckley - Melrose, MA

“Dear Jan, Michael, Peter and Elizabeth,I just wanted to write to thank you all for the wonderful service held for Chet yesterday. It was an...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Gill Holroyd - Fairhaven, MA

“I married into this wonderful family 48 years ago. I have watched Jan & Chet's kids grow as well as their grandkids. Chet truly loved them all and...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Susan Leone

“Please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of Chet. WE were on team together at Cursillo many years ago and saw each other occasionally on...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Gerry Mahoney - Medford, MA

“I'm so saddened to hear of your loss. I remember meeting him many times. He was a wonderful father to my beautiful friend Elizabeth. I am sending...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Patti Robinson - Tolland, CT

“Chet set the standard for what a good educator looks like. My kids were lucky to have him for their principal. We spent a lot of years working in...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Sue Abrams - Sudbury, MA

“I had the honor and privilege to have worked with Chet in his last four years as the principal of Haynes School. As the new music teacher, he...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Paul Barrette - Smithfield, RI

“Chet certainly was a very special person. He was a friend and role model to me and my sisters growing up and more beautifully he became that same...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Tim - Friend

“My sincerest condolences to all of you. I'm shocked and saddened by this. He will be very missed by all his neighbors. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Andrea Movsessian Wallack - MA

“So sorry for your loss! We will miss Chet and his love for the Cape. His friendship meant so much to me. He would come over for coffee after my...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Donna and Jim Cramer - Friend

“Please accept my condolences and know that I will remain ever grateful to Chet for his support, inspiration, and vision. He has enriched the lives...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Kim Swain - Work

“Deepest condolences. Chet was a model for me in my first years as an elementary principal. He lived life to the fullest and contributed so much to...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Rich Burchill - Reading, MA

“My deepest sympathy to all of you. Wishing you peace and comfort in your wonderful memories. ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Kricket Caputo - Winchester, MA

“Mrs Delani, Michael, Peter and Elizabeth My heart skipped reading of the passing of Mr. Delani It brought back many wonderful memories of our dear...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Marie Roache - Bedford, MA

“Chet brightened our day! We volunteered together at the Cape Cod Museum of Art - here is a photo of Chet at one of our Holiday events showing his...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Deb Steiger - Friend

“Chet and I volunteered together at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. We ( 2 Bostonians) worked well together in the gift shop, we liked to carry on, he...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Greenberg - Friend

“We are struggling to come to terms with the news.He was a tour de force, very gifted in so many ways and lit up any room that he was in. The team...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Stephen & Midge Hannath - Friend

“My brother and I were students at Haynes Elementary in Sudbury in the late 1970s and my mother worked with Mr. Delani when she was on the school...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Amy Faeskorn - Swampscott, MA

“Mr. Delani was one of the big reasons my elementary school years were not just bearable, but happy. He was always there when I needed to talk, always...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Christopher Bishop - Baltimore, MD

“Under Dr. Delani's leadership, Haynes School was exemplary in every way. Although only one of my children was a student there while Chet was...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Anne Pace - SUDBURY, MA

“Chet was such a wonderful man - he always made you feel welcome. We looked forward to seeing his larger life smile and hearing his stories whenever...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: The Strassels - Other

“Chet was the most enthusiastic educator I ever knew. His students and teacher had such respect for him and his love of teaching went far beyond...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Patrick Lynch - School

“I was a student at the Haynes School in the 90s. He was well-loved. My family and I still talk about his stories at school meetings. He was a huge...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Melissa Grasso - Brighton, MA

“I was fortunate to work at Haynes School and with Chet for a number of years. Chet was an inspirational leader who managed to bring out the best in...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Cynthia Maloney - Sarasota, FL

“Chet was an amazing educator and person. His enthusiasm and positivity were both legendary and infectious. I had the privilege to be one of Chet's...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Geoff Fallon


Chester Kenneth Delani (CHET)

Chet Delani passed away peacefully with his wife of 58 years Janet (Leone) Delani, son Michael Delani, son Peter Delani his wife Elizabeth Saitta, grandchildren Andrew Delani and Celia Delani, daughter Elizabeth (Delani) McEleney her husband Owen McEleney, and grandchildren Emma McEleney and Owen McEleney, by his side on February 14, 2022.

Born on January 3, 1940 to Michael and Ann Delani, Chet was the third child and is survived by his older sister Sandy Forest, older brother Jim Delani, and younger sister Carol Tarbox. He is the beloved uncle of fifteen nephews and nieces, their spouses and children.

Raised in modest means in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Chet graduated from Boston English High School, and then went on to earn his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degrees from Bridgewater State University, Boston University and Boston College respectively. He met his wife Janet while they were both undergraduates at Bridgewater State University. They honeymooned on Cape Cod, a place they would retreat to for the rest of their lives sharing the gift of their home with family and friends.

Chet was an adventurer at heart who chose to see the best in others and brought his indelible spirit to his two true passions in life, his family and Haynes School. He led his students and staff through the Appalachian Trail in Vermont, rode horses in the Rocky Mountains, white water rafted through the Grand Canyon, loved to sail, taught himself to become an accomplished water color painter, sang at church even though he couldn't sing, brought his family cross country in an RV one summer, took his wife Janet on trips through Europe, and taught all of us to embrace life. He loved to laugh, would sit with you when you cried, was generous with his praise and wrote the best letters at the most, timely moments.

From the beaches of Cape Cod, to the playground at Haynes School, from 41 Cordis Street to the journey's yet to come he will forever be in our hearts. Thank you for being you….Chet, Dad and Bumpa.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday at 4-8pm. Funeral Service will be private.

Donations: Donations made to Boston Children's Hospital in Chet Delani's name.