Thomas William Dalton Sr., 87, passed peacefully on December 30, 2019, surrounded by his family. Born in Norwood MA October 30, 1932 he grew up on Clapp Street in Walpole, where he raised his family with his late wife Charlotte I. (McFadden) to whom he was married for 50 years. He attended Walpole public schools.
Tom proudly served in the Army during the Korean conflict as a helicopter mechanic. Shortly after returning from Korea he enjoyed a 30 year career as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the Town of Walpole. During which, part of that time he served as president of the union. He was employed by Lorusso’s for many years.
He retired at the age of 55 because longevity was not a luxury previous family members were allowed. Ironically he went on to enjoy a 32 year long retirement. Upon retiring he and his wife resided in their summer cottage in Falmouth, where he worked for St. Anthony’s church in Falmouth for 10 years.
Tom was an outdoor man who loved gardening and working in his woodpile, work was his hobby. He was instrumental in helping his grandson start a tree business at the age of 14. Tom was a hard working honest, proud Irish gentleman, who lived a rich full life.
He was predeceased by his wife Charlotte and son James Michael Dalton. He is survived by his children and their spouses Kathleen Jackson of Falmouth, Maureen Dalton of Walpole, Thomas W. Jr and Lisa Dalton of Wrentham, John Dalton of Walpole, Eileen and JP Moriarty of Falmouth, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his Sister Ann Ellis of Walpole and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday January 3, 2020 from 10am-12pm at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home located on Main Street Falmouth, MA. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery in Walpole at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom’s name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Boston. 450 Brookline Ave., SW120, Boston MA 02215.