Obituary | Fr. John R. Daly, SJ

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 4 at Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel in Wheat Ridge, Colo., for Jesuit Father John R. Daly, a former Navy chaplain.

Father Daly died July 31 in Denver after a battle with cancer. He was 82 years old and a Jesuit for nearly 62 years. Born in Seattle, he entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant in 1950. Father Daly earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at St. Louis University and taught geometry and physics at high schools in Wichita, Kan., and Denver. He completed theology studies at Alma College in Los Gatos, Calif., and was ordained to the priesthood in 1963 in Hollywood, Calif.

After completing tertianship, Father Daly joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a chaplain for the next 27 years. He served on the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of North Vietnam during its deployment in Southeast Asia. One of his responsibilities was to notify families of sailors who had been killed in combat. Father Daly professed his final vows in Saigon in 1968.

He later served at a number of naval bases, from South Carolina to Washington to Japan. Wherever he was stationed, he sought out the companionship of fellow Jesuits at local Jesuit communities. He retired from the Navy in 1991, at the rank of commander.

Father Daly served as a pastoral minister in La Jolla, Calif., from 1992 to 2001, and at Xavier Jesuit Center in Denver, from 2001 until his death. He was known for always making sure that the American flag was displayed on all national holidays.

Survivors include his sister, Mary Ann Kennedy of San Diego.

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