BELFAST – Percy O. Daley Jr., 89, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, surrounded by his family at Concord Health Center, Concord, Mass. He was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Percy graduated from Philips Exeter Academy. He served in World War II in the Army’s 10th 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 CYO softball coach and longtime merit badge counselor for the local Boy Scout council. He was elected to 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, 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 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 and 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 and Blair of Massachusetts, and the Rev. Julia K. Daley of Atholl, Mass.; and his former daughter-in-law, Marie Woodman Daley. In addition to his children, he leaves 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 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Blake Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford, Mass. His funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Road, Chelmsford, Mass. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford, Mass. For those who desire, memorial donations may be made to Belfast Soup Kitchen, 9 Field St., No. 224, Belfast, ME 04915. Funeral director Paul A. Hardy Jr. For directions and online condolences visit www.Blakefuneralhome.com.