THOMAS P. DELANY was a well-known figure in Camden business and social circles in the 1920s and 1930s. He had worked for the Internal Revenue Service then took a position as a manager with the M.A. Bruder & Sons paint company.

Thomas Delany was active in Catholic circles as an active member of Camden Council 439, Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Camden Catholic Club. Thomas Delany was also a member of the Camden Rotary Club, and Camden Lodge 293 of the International Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

Thomas Delany made his home with wife Dorothy and sons Thomas Jr. and Hugh at 1256 Sayrs Avenue

Sadly, Thomas Delany was killed in a car accident on February 23, 1938.

Camden Courier-Post * February 24, 1938

Camden Courier-Post * February 24, 1938

Thomas P. Delaney Killed in Crash at Bridge Plaza in Phila.
Accident Occurs Hour After Driver Tells Friend to Drive Carefully 

Sixty minutes after he warned a friend to drive home carefully, Thomas P. Delany, 36, widely known Camden business man, was killed early yesterday in an automobile accident on the Philadelphia side of the Camden bridge. 

Delany was driving when his car skidded on the slippery bridge and crashed into chains and short posts along the side of the Philadelphia plaza circle. Delany was pinned behind the steering wheel, cut on the head and injured internally.

Four companions were injured, one of them seriously. His wife, Martha, 36, was stunned in the crash. She was taken home and returned to the hospital three hours later. She then was informed her husband had died. She fainted and was placed under care of a physician. 

Delany, who lived at 1256 Sayrs Avenue, was lecturing knight of Camden Elks Lodge and was manager of the M. A. Bruder paint stores here. 

The injured are:

Mrs. Lillian M. McCloskey, 51, of 1529 Federal Street, Camden, fractured hip and cuts of the right eye. 

Edward J. Connell, 55, of 531 Stevens Street, cuts of the head. 

Frances Wright, 18, of 2816 South Sixteenth Street, Philadelphia, cuts of the scalp. 

Joseph Coletta, 21, of 2437 South Sixteenth Street, Philadelphia, cuts of back, leg and right eye. 

Delany was dead on arrival at Hahnemann Hospital. Mrs. McCloskey was admitted to the hospital when physicians stated her condition is serious. The others were treated and released. 

Connell is past grand knight of Americus Council 439, Knights of Columbus, and has been prominent in Catholic activities in this city for many years. He formerly was attached to the U. S. Internal Revenue office here. 

Mrs. McCloskey later was returned to her home. Her husband, Thomas, said he also was in the accident. He stated he was stunned, but managed to summon bridge police to the scene. He accompanied the injured to the hospital, but did not require treatment.

Delany and the others had attended the Knights of Columbus charity ball Tuesday night at Hotel Walt Whitman

Delany, an uncle of Miss Wright, was driving her to her home along with Coletta. 

While preparing to leave the hotel, Delany cautioned a friend to drive carefully; it was learned; 

"The roads are wet and slippery," he warned. "You had better drive carefully." 

Delany was named lecturing knight of Camden Lodge of Elks in December. He succeeded Anthony Caputi, former accountant in the city comptroller's office, who died October 27. He was an active member of Camden Council 439, K. of C., and a member of the Camden Catholic Club. 

In addition to his widow, Delany is survived by two children, Thomas, Jr., 8, and Hugh, 5. 



Camden Courier-Post
February 25, 1938

Penn Street
Church of the Sacred Heart
Camden Rotary Club
Msgr. Arthur B. Strenski
Camden Lodge of Elks

Camden Courier-Post * February 25, 1938

Camden Courier-Post * February 25, 1938

Camden Courier-Post * February 26, 1938

Camden Courier-Post - February 26, 1938



Frank J. Hartmann Jr. - J. Frank Hanly - Hotel Walt Whitman - Ellis C. Kircher - Carl R. Evered
Westfield Acres - Thomas P. Delany - Charles P.Halyburton - S. Raymond Dobbs