Walter J. Dalton

November 11th, 2021

Walter J. Dalton, age 90, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 9, 2021.

Walter was born in Everett, MA, on April 12,1931; he was the dear son of the late Arthur and Helen (Thayer) Dalton. Walter started his life in Everett before moving with his family to North Reading when he was a young boy. Walter attended North Reading Schools and left high school in the ninth grade to go to work to help support his family.

Walter married his sweetheart Joyce Eaton on September 14, 1952; the couple settled in Wilmington where they raised their beautiful family. Walter was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; he worked hard to provide for his family and enjoyed the time they spent together.

Walter was also very giving of his time and talents; he was a long-time member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows and a very active member of the Boy Scouts of America and a Scout Leader for many years. Walter was always volunteering to help his community, the Scouts or anyone else who needed a hand.

Walter had a great work ethic; for more than 50 years he was employed as a machinist for the Specialty Automatic Machine Corporation. Walter was very conscientious, reliable and willing to help his fellow co-workers; all attributes that made him a great employee.

In his spare time, Walter enjoyed traveling all over with his family and friends; he loved seeing new places and meeting new people. Walter also had a passion for wood working and a genuine talent; Walter made countless trellises, yard decorations, knick knacks and wheelbarrows, that he gifted to family, friends and strangers throughout the years.

Walter will be fondly remembered as a “good guy”, he had a great sense of humor and good “one liners”, he went out of his way to help people, and he loved his family with all his heart. He will forever be missed.

Walter was the beloved husband of 69 years to Joyce (Eaton) Dalton, devoted father of David W. Dalton & his wife Marie of Sparks, NV, Ralph E. Dalton & his wife Vickie of Greenville, NC, Stephen J. Dalton & his wife Linda of Ellenton, FL, Kenneth E. Dalton & his wife Lisa of Dover, NH, Diane J. Dalton Malone & her husband Wendell of Carlsbad, NM, Beverly J. Dalton of Wilmington and Nancy E. Dalton & her companion Anthony L’Esperance of Wilmington. Loving Grandfather of Erica Cayton, Cynthia Green, Stephen Dalton, Jr., Christopher Dalton, Emily Dalton, Annie Dalton, Keighla Dalton, Krystal Dillon, Ella Dillon, Brianne Dillon, Faith Dillon, Dalton Dillon, Aaron Crandall, Katherine Barron, Katelyn Earle, Amanda Malone, Kaytlyn Stephens, Cassaundra L’Esperance and Great-Grandchildren Hilton, Carson, Alyssa, Tegan, Trevor, Brian, Jacob, Andrewblade, Quinten, Cyrus, Aubrey, Kayson, Raeleigh, Bentley and Liam. Great Great Grandchildren Trevor, Sawyer and Rhett. Dear brother of the late Lillian Whitton, Mildred Lafferty, Donald Dalton and Warren Dalton. Brother-in-law of Jeanne Dalton of Lynnfield and cousin of Priscilla Thayer of Methuen. Walter is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Sunday, November 14th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Walter’s Life will take place at the Funeral Home on Monday, November 15th at 11:00 a.m. followed by his interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Walter’s memory to the Tewksbury United Methodist Church, 2335 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Walter J. Dalton”

  1. Corky Toole says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

    Thinking of Ken & Lisa while reading this wonder obituary.

    I only met by him briefly @ Ken’s step daughter’s wedding. He was very personable.

  2. Susan Landers McNamara says:

    I have know the Dalton family my entire life, living next door to them when I was very young. Wally will be missed by many.
    Condolences to Joyce and the entire Dalton family.

  3. Joan Logue says:

    He was just a gentle man Remember him at Dalton Christmas Parties
    RIP Wally

  4. Sue Moran says:

    Beverly and family, so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers to you all.

  5. Lori Rankin says:

    My heart is broken for the Dalton family. We were neighbors for many years, but I always felt like we were more family than friends. Wally will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.

  6. Gail Gillies Walsh says:

    Joyce and Family,
    We are sending our love and condolences. Wish we could be there with you all today to celebrate Wally’s life…a life so well lived! He is loved by everyone who knew him! We will miss him but know the Lord called him home and his work here is done. Peace in the Heavens, he is joining all family and friends who were called before him and they are celebrating their heavenly reunion right now and perhaps a few laughs and maybe a prank or two! God speed Wally…we love you and miss you already!
    Love to all!
    The Gillies girls
    Sue Jenkins, Gail Walsh, Gigi Donahue and Sandy Gillies

  7. Doreen Abruzzio says:

    Sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed sharing the bench at the lake with us.A very talented man and a joy to have known him.

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