Ambrose Graham Delany, 95, past president of Coyne & Delany, died March 24 in Charlottesville, Va. He was responsible, along with his cousin Jack Delany, for moving the flush valve manufacturer to Charlottesville in 1969.
Coyne & Delany was founded in 1879 in Brooklyn, N.Y., by John J. Delany, Graham’s grandfather. The company produced copper tub linings and high-tank toilets that made up the original indoor water closets of the late 19th century.
Although he officially retired in 2005, Graham Delany never stopped coming into the office, his family members said. The company name was changed in 2009 to Delany Products.
He is survived by his three sons, Peter,Graham Jr. and Scott Delany; a daughter, Brooke; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife of 62 years, Melene Hart Delany, preceded him in death.
The family requested donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
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