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Warren P. Delp, Sr., 71, FBI agent, generous heart


MISSOULA, MT—Warren P. Delp, Sr., 71, of Merwin Lake Road, Kinderhook, died Sunday, October 24, 2010 at St. Patrick’s Hospital.

Born in Catskill, July 6, 1939, he was the son of the late Samuel Deane and Theresa (Coleman) Delp.

Mr. Delp grew up in Hudson, and after graduating from Fordham University

in the Bronx in 1961, he worked for the New York City accounting firm of J.K .Lasser & Co. and was a Marine Corps reservist.

In 1964, he married the former Sue Ann Brown and, to her great surprise, announced that his life’s dream was to work for the FBI. He became a special agent for the FBI in 1965 and his growing family accompanied him to assignments in Indianapolis, Richmond, Pittsburgh and Albany. He retired from the FBI in 1991, but remained very active in the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. He was chairman of the Albany Chapter of the society for many years, served as treasurer of the society’s Foundation for one term, and was serving as Northeast Region Vice President when he died.

After his retirement from the FBI, Mr. Delp worked for the State of New York, first as a deputy inspector general at the Division for Youth, and then as an investigator for the Department of Taxation and Finance. After retiring from the state in 2002, he worked as a contract background investigator.

Mr. Delp was happily married for 46 years and raised five children. Because of his generous heart and complete inability to say No, he was also devoted to his many hobbies, which included gardening and volunteer work.

He was a master gardener with Columbia County Cooperative Extension, and a tax aid for AARP’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program.

He was actively involved and held many positions over the years within the John J. Curran Counsel, Donald E. LaValley Assembly and the Capitol District Conference of the NYS Knights of Columbus. He was a communicant, lector and eucharistic minister at St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie, and every year assisted Santa with the Niverville Santa Claus Club. He gave gallons of blood to the American Red Cross over his lifetime and also belonged to the Kinderhook Elks, enjoyed participating in an investment club, playing tennis, bridge and having a fantasy football team. He loved the NY Mets, the NY Jets and the NJ Nets, which exemplified his patience, tolerance and forgiveness.

Besides his wife, he is survived by five children, W. Phillip (Lyenda) of Glen Ridge, NJ, Nancy Gardetto (Chuck) of Hanover, MD, Pamela Polashenski (Walter) of Rochester, Gary Delp (Becky Douglas) of Missoula, MT, Katherine Delp (Emlyn Gray) of Yokohama, Japan; seven grandchildren, Anastasia, Maya and Tallis Polashenski, Willow and Wren Delp, Mathias Delp and Andrew Gardetto; a sister, Patricia Ackerman of Albany; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Alan and Douglas Delp.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 30 at 11 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. John Molyn.

Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, lnc., Route 9, Valatie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Former Agents of FBI Foundation, 3717 Fettler Park Drive, Dumfries, VA 22025


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