The recent passing of Thomas E. Delahanty II, former Superior Court Chief Justice and U.S. Attorney, brought to mind more details of his support to local and state athletics.

While he frequently would humorously discuss his football career as a Lewiston High School Blue Devil, his greatest gift to Twin City sports was his involvement in the creation and success of the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame.

In the early 1980s Delahanty joined a small group, led by Auburn attorney Malcolm Philbrook and supported by the Chamber of Commerce, in establishing an organization to recognize the athletic history of this community. He wrote the Hall of Fame by-laws, advised on many early decisions, served as its second general chairman and remained active in our deliberations, activities and award presentations.

His experience and wisdom were key factors in the continued success of the Hall of Fame, now approaching its 40th anniversary.

As we recover from the COVID pandemic the Hall of Fame intends to continue its recognition and memorializing of the great sports heritage of this community.

Tom Anthoine, Fern Masse and Ralph Tuttle, members of the General Committee of the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame

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