Dailey: Coach and Player for the American Legion basketball team for over
John E. (Jack)
Dailey, went to see the Lord on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, after a courageous
fight with melanoma cancer.
Jack was born to Amelia and John Dailey on May 11, 1927, in Olean, NY.
At a very young age, Jack’s family moved to St. Marys and lived at 574
Maurus Street. During his younger years, he served as an altar server
for morning mass at the convent. He attended Central Catholic High
School where he excelled as captain of the basketball team and graduated
in 1945. Soon after high school, he entered the U.S. Army and served in
the European Theatre during World War II.
On May 17, 1952 he exchanged vows with his love of his life, Elizabeth
G. (Betty) Dippold. God blessed their union with four children who
survive, John Dailey and his wife Karen of San Antonio, Texas; Mary Jo
Whitman and her husband Mike of Erie; Michael Dailey and his wife
Meredith of Cranberry Township; Linda Hart and her husband John of
DuBois, nine grandchildren and four great granchildren also survive.
Jack worked two jobs for the majority of his life. At Stackpole Carbon
he worked for 37 years as a tool & die maker, retiring in 1990. During
his free hours, he accumulated over 42 years of service at various sales
jobs with the Straub Brewery.
Although the St. Marys Burial Detail was only officially activated in
1952, Jack and other charter members began honoring veterans in 1947.
With over 55 years of service, Jack’s longevity and dedication allowed
him to attend the most funerals in the Detail’s history. The Detail’s
efforts paid an appropriate tribute to over 1,000 of St. Marys’
veterans. Captain Jack also helped establish the American Legion
basketball team, where he played and coached for over 21 years.
As a founding member of the Bavarian Hills Golf Course, men like Jack
Dailey developed the idea for another golf course in St. Marys. He
really enjoyed golf with his friends in the various golf leagues. The
camaraderie at the 19th hole, however, was more important than any pars
Since his wife passed away in 1988, the “Shack” in the Truman area
became his summer project. Nearly every day he could be found “working”
around the property. He loved the camp. During cold weather, he enjoyed
the outdoors and hunting. He was true sportsman. He wanted to help
return our state game lands to their fertile roots of the 1950’s.
Mr. Dailey was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty and a
sister, Patricia A. Dailey.
A Mass of Christian Burial for John E. (Jack) Dailey will be celebrated
in the St. Mary’s Church on Friday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. with the Rev.
Daniel Wolfel, O.S.B., as celebrant. Full military rites will be
accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will follow
in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, 169 Center Street,
St. Marys, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. Mary’s
Catholic Church, 144 Church Street, St. Marys, PA, or to the Elk County
Catholic High School, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Credit: St.Mary's Daily Press, 12/9/08