WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains Deputy Fire Chief William Delanoy was honored at a funeral Mass Monday at Our Lady Mount Carmel Church in White Plains.
Public Safety Commissioner David Chong gave one of five eulogies for Delanoy, who died Thursday. The city and the Public Safety Department are waiting for the Medical Examiner’s report for the official cause of death, but it is believed he suffered a heart attack.
Chong remembered Delanoy, who was 58, as a devoted family man and “can do guy” who always had a smile and confident attitude.
“Nothing seemed to faze him, no matter if it was a huge fire, a difficult rescue, a firefighter injured, a personal matter with a family member or a friend,” Chong said. “Billy would be able to think it out and work it out, and most importantly be there to help out. He was the star quarterback for a championship team. I could stand here for days speaking about all the lives that Billy has touched. There are so many instances that Billy was just there for everyone.”
Delanoy was also remembered as an avid Yankees and Giants fan, who Chong said, is likely debating the angels in heaven on how best to run his two favorite sports teams. Around the Public Safety Department, he was just known as “our Billy.”
“That’s our Billy, the man, the legend, the friend, the angel and a true son of the City of White Plains,” Chong said. “There will be no other like him, so today we retire your number Deputy Chief William Delanoy. We will never forget you and the legacy you left us. We are all better people because of you. This city is a better place because of you.”
Delanoy leaves behind his wife, Joanne, three sons, Christopher, Paul and Gregory, his father, Joseph, and his father-in-law, former Mayor Alfred Delvecchio.
The full text of Chong's eulogy is attached to this article.