James "Jim" Patrick Delaney


James “Jim” Patrick Delaney, 64, of Fargo, ND passed away on November 2, 2022 in Fargo after a sudden illness.

Jim was born April 23,1958 in Pittsfield, MA to James Anthony and Marilyn Rose Delaney. He graduated from Wahconah Regional High School in 1977 and enlisted in the Air Force where he served for eight years before being honorably discharged. He spoke fondly of his time in the Air Force, appreciative of the discipline it taught him, the people he met, and the places he was able to travel.

Jim married Kari Bergland of East Grand Forks, MN in 1988. They had two children, Nicholas Delaney of Fargo, ND and Whitney Delaney of Sommerville, MA, and later divorced.

After retiring from the Air Force, Jim found a career he enjoyed in trucking. He worked for several companies, proudly driving around all 48 contiguous states transporting goods while he listened to books on tape or his favorite radio shows. He most recently worked at Royal Logistics, Inc.

Jim was an avid fisherman, spending as much time as the weather allowed out on his boat in the summer. Both his children have fond memories spending time fishing with him.

He is survived by his children, Nicholas and Whitney Delaney; his mother Marilyn Delaney; his brothers, William and Thomas Delaney; sisters, Debbie and Dorothy Delaney; nieces Kelsey and Jamie Delaney; nephews, Jonathan and Zachary Delaney; sister-in-law Cheryl Delaney and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, James Anthony Delaney and both sets of grandparents.

There will not be a memorial service or visitation.

In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family encourages you to donate to the Northlands Rescue Mission, where Jim was a frequent donor. (https://www.northlandsrescuemission.org/donate)

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  1. Jim, George and I always admired your perseverance and love you had for your children. The few times we saw you in the later years your joy for fishing was always fun to listen to. May you rest in peace. Our prayers are with you.
    Carol Delaney

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. Please except my condolences. Jim was a great guy I use to work with him at Royal it was nice talking to him every day we got a chance to talk. He was always smiling and always willing to talk to anyone. Jim will be gratefully missed.

  3. Jimmy, you know you are one of my very favorites! I already miss our many phone calls and text messages. You have always been a breath of fresh air for me within the Delaney family. I think we actually talked more than you and Billy 😉 even though I don’t fish!!! Though I am truly devastated with your untimely and swift departure from us I have thanked God daily since last Wednesday evening that you did not suffer long. Hoping you don’t mind that I have publicly posted this message 🙃 I do not have a presence on Facebook as you know so this was the closest way I could reach out to you and share with family and others how very special you are to me. I love you.

  4. Jimmy,
    Still having a hard time believing you are gone.
    Gonna miss those conversations over who was the better fisherman. There’s nothing funnier than sibling banter.
    God Bless
    You are finally home.

  5. Jimmy:

    The only good thing I can see in all of this is that you are finally at rest up there.
    I’m sure the fishing is really great!!!

    Please say “Hi” to my Judy for me.

    God bless you.

    Uncle Jack

  6. RIP Brother, Enjoyed working patrol together with you. Thank you for being the best man at my wedding. Hope the fishing is great where you are now.

  7. Jim was my LE supervisor in Mildenhall 85-87and friend. I still model my style of supervision in my lifelong law enforcement career from the way he trained me. Jim also started me down my path of addiction to surf fishing by taking me to the coast several times in England. A hard fix for me to satisfy I might add living in Ohio… RIP Brother.

  8. Jimmy,

    I just can’t believe it has been a year since we lost you. I know exactly where I was when I received the news of your death. I think of you more than often as I travel the Interstate weekly. I remember our chats about those crazy truck drivers and how you talked me off the ledge on my road trips. I continue to think of you often and please know how much I miss you.

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