Terrence “Deacon Terry” Daly passed away on February 6, 2024 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. As in life, he was surrounded by people that he loved when he died, including his beloved husband and partner of more than 30 years, Brian Henry.
Terry was born in Jersey City on October 14, 1958. He and his family were part of the migration away from the cities to the suburbs in the 1960s. The Dalys settled in West Keansburg and Terry’s parents, Jim and Dolly, worked to provide a happy environment, with five children in a three-bedroom, one bath house. They didn’t have a lot in the way of luxuries, yet none of them felt neglected or in want of anything. In 1973, the Dalys moved to Middletown and Terry attended Mater Dei High School where he established several lifelong friendships with people that he remained close to until he died.
Terry worked full time and, as he said, took the “ten-year route” to graduation from Trenton State College. Eventually he began a career with AT&T and later Lucent Technologies as a systems engineer and project manager. He left the company in 2001, and eventually became an owner/operator, of Boyne Realty in Jersey City. He worked there until his retirement in 2015.
Terry met Brian in 1993 in Asbury Park and they fell in love almost immediately. This was the beginning of the most pivotal relationship in Terry’s life. Their more than 30 years together were sometimes difficult but in the end, they believed that theirs was an epic love story. The objective in life was to make each other laugh out loud every day and those who were close to them know that they succeeded.
In 2015, Terry became a parishioner at Good Shepherd ARCC in Toms River where he became very involved and formed many strong and loving relationships. He eventually answered the call to clergy and to the Deaconite. After studying for 3 1/2 years, he was ordained in 2020. Serving as the Deacon of Good Shepherd church has been among the greatest privileges of his life.
Terry was predeceased by his father Jim and his mother Dolly, along with his eldest brother Glenn. He is survived by his sister Colleen and her husband, Ken Bresnahan, his brother Gregg and sister-in-law Debbie, his sister Ronni and her husband Mark Ackermann, along with many awesome nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at the Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank on Sunday, February 11 from 3-6 pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Christ Episcopal Church, 380 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury, on Monday, February 12 at 10:30. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Terry’s name to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital or to Good Shepherd ARCC Church, 1890 Whitesville Rd Toms River NJ, 08755.