A Well-Lived Life

When you meet Milford and Dione Maloney you can’t help being drawn to them by their welcoming manner and genuine warmth.  It might be because they spent the majority of their lives in Buffalo and Orchard Park, New York where Doctor Milford retired as President Emeritus American College of Physicians and Professor of Clinical Medicine, Emeritus State University of NY at Buffalo before heading to warmer climates.  Now self-proclaimed Southerners, the Maloneys are enthusiastic when describing their adopted ‘home’ of Williamsburg and are proud parishioners of Saint Bede Catholic Church.  They remain immersed in the cultural offerings of Williamsburg and continue to stay active with the Catholic community.

“When we first moved to the area, we felt a strong connection to Monsignor Carr; it was as if he was part of our family” said Dione.  Their solid ties with the Catholic Church are not surprising given the influence that the Sisters of Mercy had on a young Milford whose father died when he was only ten years old. “My father was chief of the Vice and Gambling Squad whose life was cut short by an automobile accident at the age of 50.  He was going to work after attending daily Mass, and hit an ice patch.  The care and concern of the Sisters of Mercy at the Holy Family School helped my brother and me cope with the sudden death of my father and provided us with a superb Catholic school education.  I furthered my education at Canisius College under the tutelage of the Jesuits; pursuing a master’s degree in the evening college while working days as a full-time industrial research chemist. The role the Church, and in particular the Sisters of Mercy, had in my life informed my decision to become a physician so that I could help others.” Dr. Maloney served on the Board of Directors of the Mercy Hospital Foundation and received the Heritage Award from the Catherine McCauley Foundation of the Sisters of Mercy as they were celebrating their 100th anniversary of Mercy Hospital.

The Maloneys recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary and are proud of their family of 9 children, 20 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.  The Catholic Church has been a constant in the Maloney’s life so it was natural for them to make provisions for Saint Bede when they planned their estate.  By making their planned gift with Dr. Maloney’s IRA, they have taken an asset that was subject to income taxes and given that to charities that are not subject to income taxes, thereby ‘freeing up’ other assets for their large family. 

We are grateful to Dione and Milford for including Saint Bede Catholic Church as a part of their family. If you’d like to learn more about sharing your gifts with your Church family, please contact Beatrice T. Sanford, OFS, Development Director 757-603-6989 ext. 2315 or email 


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