Martin “Red” Delaney 1955 — 2019

Martin “Red” Delaney

Martin “Red” Delaney passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the age of 63.   Martin was predeceased by his father Jerry and step-father Sterling.

He is survived by his beloved mother Frances, and loving wife Joanne, by his children Bridget (Murray) Lute, James (Cassie) Delaney and grandchildren Hunter, Hudson and Harlow, all of Kamloops.  Also surviving Martin are his siblings Jim (Cal), Patricia (Al), Kathleen (Lorn), Jean (Greg), Paul (Amaya), and Peter (Angie).  In addition, Martin leaves behind his Uncle Frank, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Martin was born into a large and boisterous family.  His Mother, siblings and their spouses/partners have always been essential to his happiness.


Martin carried on the railroad tradition following his father into CNR.  He started his career as Labourer and retired as Senior Manager, with the many friends he made at work remaining an important part of his life.

In 1980, he met and married his wife Joanne.  His two children were born and became the lights of his life.  Eventually three grandchildren entered his life; his buddy Hunter, Hudson, whose antics always made him laugh, and Harlow who melted his heart just by saying “Hi Papa”.

The other loves in his life included all of his puppies over the years, gardening, fishing in his boat, and staying in touch with family and friends both near and far, often using Facebook with considerable expertise.  Our hearts are aching, but we will live our lives in a way that makes him proud.


We wish to say a very special thank you to Dr. Howie and his wonderful team for the knowledge, support and kindness provided to us in this most difficult time.  In addition, thank you to our friends and neighbours for their kindness and support over the years and especially during Martin’s illness.


Memorial donations may be made to the Kamloops SPCA.  The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 18th in the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Dr., with a reception to follow.

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10 Tributes

  1. Sheila Foyer
    Posted May 13, 2019 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Dear Joanne and family. I was so sorry to hear of Martins passing. Please accept my sincere thoughts and prayers.

  2. Mark Betuzzi
    Posted May 14, 2019 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    To the Delaney Family. Red was indeed a great person to know. Red always made my day, whenever he dropped by the CN Radio Shop. He had a great sense of humour and he was a very respectful person, whom I had the pleasure of working with.
    My Condolences to the family on your loss.
    Mark Betuzzi

  3. Donna Wunderlich
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Joanne and Family: I was saddened to learn of your loss. Our thoughts are with you through this difficult time.

  4. Gordon Rybuck
    Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    My sincerest condolences to Joanne and family.

    Martin has been a great friend and colleague for many years at CN. Though we almost never worked closely due to the distances, we had known each other for over 20 years and he has been a gentleman and friend.

    Red’s wit and the light he brought to all he touched will be missed.

  5. John Reibin
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    To the Delaney family. It was truly a honour and pleasure knowing Red. You can not describe Red without using the words Great, honest, Respectful funny. The isn’t many people that could match this man’s character, he will be truly missed.
    John Reibin

  6. Bob Hillier
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Martin (Red) was one of the most sincere men I have had the pleasure to know. He is gone but his memory will live forever in my mind. Many condolonces to the family of Red.

    Miss you, man!

  7. Delores Pearson
    Posted May 17, 2019 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    To the Delaney family
    Condolences to your family my thoughts
    and prayers are with you allD

  8. Suzie McQuaid
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Sincere condolences to Joanne and family on the loss of a truly gentle man. Red beamed with personality and I have fond memories of stories of his trip to Ireland that he thoroughly enjoyed and not to mention the Jameson!

    “An Irish Blessing”

    May the road rise up to meet you
    May the wind be always at you back
    May the sun shine warm on your face
    The rain falls soft upon your fields
    And until we meet again
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand

    Rest in Peace Red

    Suzie and Shane McQuaid
    Boyle, Co-Roscommon,

  9. Chris Manson
    Posted May 18, 2019 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    So sorry for your loss Joanne. Condolences to you and your family.

  10. Willie farmer
    Posted May 20, 2019 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to the Delaney family my heart is with you .

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