We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of Muni’s greatest ambassadors: F-line streetcar operator Michael Delia, who passed away August 31.
Mike, a proud Bostonian to emigrated to our City by the Bay for the express purpose of becoming a “motorman” on historic streetcars, fought a long, brave battle with cancer. Mike was always upbeat and helpful to his passengers, answering questions, sharing tips for things to see and do, and representing his employer wonderfully. His excellent performance was recognized by being named “Muni Operator of the Year”.
When his illness and treatment weakened his immune system to the point where operating a streetcar was inadvisable, top SFMTA/Muni management graciously transferred him to a public relations role he could fulfill remotely from his home. He was doing a great job with internal agency communications, including preparations for Muni Heritage Weekend September 23-24 when the end suddenly came. He had just spent a half-hour on the phone with MSR President Rick Laubscher at noontime that day.
Mike’s ebullience extended to making his own baseball-style card, sharing his pride in his hometown and other facts about himself. A loyal Market Street Railway member, Mike was one of a kind, and we will miss him greatly. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and many friends.
For streetcars and cable cars, ringing the gong twice means the car is starting to move ahead. In that close-knit community, wishing a friend “two bells” means Godspeed.
Two bells, Mr. Boston.