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David A. Delaney, Sr.

David A. Delaney, Sr., 63, of Harveys Lake, formerly of Pittston, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. 

Born in Kingston on April 8, 1961, he was the son of the late James Delaney, Sr. and Dorothy Ann Goham Delaney and was a graduate of Pittston Area High School.    


Big Dave, as many knew him, retired after 36 years with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.  He also had a career with the IATSE Local 82 stage union in the entertainment industry where he sat as an executive board member for many years. 


With a heart of gold and his Irish smile, he gave to the community of Harveys Lake that he loved so much.  You could always find him on the dock in the mornings looking over the water as the sun shined over the lake. 


He was a proud member of the Harveys Lake American Legion Post 967.  He was a member of the SAL and held the position as Vice Commander to his son, David, who is the SAL Post Commander.  He also served as commodore at the Harveys Lake Yacht Club. 


Big Dave was most proud of his son, David, who he stood by each and every day in his construction business, never leaving him alone on any job at any time.   He and his wife Lisa, enjoyed taking long drives with no destination.  His heart not only belonged to us but it belonged to Ireland.  He was an Irishman to his soul.


Big Dave always had a smile for everyone and would help with no questions asked.  He lived life on his terms and enjoyed each and every day. 


Surviving are his wife, Lisa Marie Schoenhofen Delaney; son, David A. Delaney, Jr. (Christina Keogh), Harveys Lake; stepson, Thomas Joseph Fender, Hunlock Creek; grandchildren, Liam and Savannah; sister, Karen Adonizio (Charles), Plains Township; brothers, James “Jay” Delaney, Jr. (Valerie), Wilkes-Barre and Paul Delaney (Tammie), Hughestown; aunt, Mary Doris Donovan, Hughestown;  David Jr’s mother, Kimberlee Fisk (Christopher) and David Jr’s sister, Kacie Fisk,  all of Dupont; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at 12pm in Our Lady of Victory Church, 16 Second Street, Harveys Lake.  The family will receive friends and relatives in church from 10am until the time of mass.  Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.

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Charles Corey
Charles Corey
Jul 01

Rest in peace old friend ! Thanks for the many years of friendship. slan go foill Charley Corey


Jul 01

Sending all of my love to Lisa, Dave Jr, Christina, the kids, and the rest of the family. You didn’t grow up at the lake if you didn’t know Big Dave. RIP my friend.

Amanda Reeder


Jun 30

My deepest sympathies to Big Dave's family. Though I only met him a few times he always had a smile. My heart goes out to his son, Dave Jr. , my niece Christina and her 2 beautiful children, Liam and Savanah. They loved spending time with Big Dave and Lisa. Lisa My heart goes out to you. RIP Big Dave 🙏 💙

Beth Pacovsky


Jun 29

Karen, Jim and Paul, my condolences to you and all family members. May Dave Rest in Peace.

Tom Lampman

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