SOMERSWORTH, N.H. – Jay Howard Daly passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. He was born July 12, 1951, in Bangor, to Charlotte Salisbury Daly and William Howard Daly.
The Daly’s lived in Brewer, and enjoyed many activities, including spending time at family camps, hunting, fishing and enjoying nature. Jay’s early love of nature led him to join Brewer Boy Scout Troop 1, where he achieved the level of Eagle Scout. He later became troop leader for Bangor’s Boy Scout Troop 17. Jay became involved at an early age with Agassiz Village – a children’s camp geared towards giving youngsters an outdoor experience in which to thrive and reach their full potential. Jay worked at Agassiz for more than 10 years. His love of nature also led him to a career with League of Conservation Voters – a non-partisan, non-profit group, which helped to elect responsible politicians with a commitment to protecting our environment and wild spaces. Jay was an avid historian and antiquarian. This was borne out in the Daly family’s numerous trip to the historic battlefields of our nation, an emphasis on history in his college years at the University of Maine, Orono, a number of years teaching and finally through a 30-year career as an antiques and collectibles auctioneer and appraiser. This included nearly 15 years as president of Yankee School of Auctioneering – a nationally recognized auctioneering school that graduated more than 150 successful auctioneers under Jay’s leadership. No matter what he did, Jay always gave something back to his community. He was always willing to pitch in for a good cause, whether dressing as Santa to take gifts to children at the holidays, putting on his tuxedo to serve as auctioneer at benefit auctions all across New England or supporting the National Auctioneers Association fundraising efforts for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Jay’s favorite hobby was Texas Hold ’em poker, where he made numerous good friends and happily won many hands and tournaments. After every poker game, Boy Scout meeting, election campaign or auction, Jay loved nothing more than bringing all involved together for a good meal, “good food and good friends” was one of his chief pleasures.
Jay is survived by his stepdaughter, Maggie Rose and her partner, Duane Allison; stepdaughter, Edith Rose Hall and her husband, Robert Hall; stepson, Bruce Rose and wife, Nancy; grandson, Benjamin Laramie; granddaughters, Kelly, Wendy and Julia Rose; ex-wife and longtime dear friend, Mona-Ellen Cheney; aunt, Jane Mitchell; and many cousins. In addition, Jay is survived by numerous close friends all of whom will treasure their memories of Jay for years to come. Deepest thanks go to the members of the local Huntington’s Disease Support group, whose members were with Jay every step of the way through his long fight with his disease and to the staff of Riverside Rest Home for their dignified, caring support of Jay.
A memorial service and reception will be held noon Wednesday, May 9, at Purdy Memorial Chapel, Lee, N.H. All are invited to bring a photo and a story for the memory board, a memory or adventure that you shared with Jay, thoughts and remembrances to share with us all about this kind man who left us all too soon. In lieu of flowers, Jay asked that donations be made to New Hampshire Affiliate of Huntington’s Disease Society of America at www.hdsa.org/nhaff/nhdon.html or Agassiz Village at www.agassizvillage.com/h/donations.asp. To sign our online guest book, please go to