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In memoriam: Former BLE International President Delaney

On Aug. 20, former Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers International President Robert Delaney died of congestive heart failure after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 84.

In August 1986, Delaney was elected president after serving four terms as international vice president. He retired in September 1987.

"Brother Delaney was truly a man of integrity and a man of honor," said BLE International President Don Hahs in a prepared statement. "On behalf of the [union], I extend deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Bob Delaney."

In 1940, Delaney began his railroading career as a brakeman for the Chicago & North Western Railroad, later serving as a locomotive engineer in 1945, when he joined BLE.

After a term as local chairman, he was elected chairman of the BLE General Committee of Adjustment on the Chicago & North Western in 1959. Delaney was elected vice president in 1966.

He was a member of the former Railway Labor Executive's Association, serving on executive and railroad retirement committees, as well as a committee on national transportation policy, mergers, consolidations and passenger service. Delaney also served as a board member for the Labor Cooperative Educational and Publishing Society.

He is survived by his son, Robert Jr., and daughters Katherine and Ellen. Delaney's wife of 41 years, Virginia, died in 1981.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the
Parkinson's Disease Foundation Inc., 2050 Pfingsten Road, Suite 127, Glenview, IL 60025.

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