John Thomas Dalton
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'To make a long story short' was typically the first five words you would hear when you spoke to Tom Dalton. You always knew the story wasn't going to be short one, but definitely something that would keep you captivated. Whether it was stories of UFO's, days on the farm, Green's Contracting, or playing baseball, you can trust his stories were never dull and guaranteed to give you a solid belly laugh.

John Thomas Dalton (Tom) was born November 27th, 1937 in Harford County, Maryland and passed at Jupiter Medical Center, in Florida on March 27th, 2020. 

He was surely greeted by his son Edward William Dalton (Willie), his father Charles Barnard Dalton and mother Ethyl Jane Dalton (Lane). We are quite certain that his sister Elizabeth Dalton (Saunders) might have been the first in line to give him a hug, unless his brother Charles (Buddy) or sister Lucille Dalton beat her to it. One thing that's for sure is they were waiting for him and he was greatly loved. 

Tom leaves behind his loving wife Barbara, who no longer needs to clean up chewing tobacco (not that she ever complained and, quite honestly, probably enjoyed it). They would spend hours together with scratch off tickets hoping to hit it big, though Tom would always tell you his biggest win was his family.

He is survived by his brother Robert (Bob) Dalton, (Janet) Sister Mary Ellen Dalton (O'Neil) (Dan), and his children Regina (Jeannie) Dalton, Doris Dalton (Bob), Brian Dalton (Pam), Lesa Dalton (Jim), Ronald Snedegar (Valarie), Chelle Smith (Brian,) as well as his extended family Gerald Hensley (Margret), Brenda Leftridge (Charlie), Mitzi Eichorn, Jimmy Hensley and numerous adoring grandchildren and one great granddaughter. 

As a well respected pipe fitter who worked his way up to superintendent of Green's Contracting, Tom was bestowed the prestigious award from the state of Maryland for outstanding craftsmanship from Baltimore's Building Congress and Exchange. He went on to be a valuable asset in Green's Contracting until he retired. The men who worked with Tom have been quoted to say that he had a huge and caring heart, and was the kindest human being they had ever met..  even though he would never zip his construction boots and had a flare for wanting to be Bruce Lee.

Graced with an impish smile, a wicked sense of humor, and stunning blue eyes that would make anyone fall in love with him, Tom was the kind of man that you would drive 20 hours at the drop of a dime just to see. He was a rare combination of love and laughter, and had a firm understanding of what was important, his family.A country boy at heart, Tom was born and raised in Maryland where he enjoyed the mountains, fishing, and hunting.  It wasn't until Barbara finally coaxed him into moving to warmer weather that he relocated to sunny Jupiter, Florida.  However, he still holds a grudge that the Baltimore Colts are now in Indianapolis. Tom and Barb spent time traveling around the US and Tom was known to laugh as he sped by rest stops when he knew you had to use the bathroom. He loved nothing more than sitting with his family and sharing stories, all while enjoying a bushel of crabs, some corn on the cob, and a fresh melon. He was surrounded by love and adored by all . He had his own special language and enjoyed a twist on a word or two. We know that there must be chocolate covered doughnuts in heaven or he will be back to the Wynn Dixie to get a stash.His life will be celebrated in a private family gathering where he will return to his childhood farm. 

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Published in Baltimore Sun on May 22, 2020.
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May 26, 2020
Tom was the kind of man words cannot describe. Tom was great man, teacher and the kind of person that would give you his last dime if you needed it. This world will not be the same without him. We will all miss him.
Chuck Helm
May 24, 2020
Amazing man who welcomed me with open arms everytime I visited. He made me laugh until i cried. We love you Tom and will miss your contagious smile and humor.
Joyce Wagoner
May 23, 2020
Tom was my beloved brothers in law.Barbara my sister and Tom driving us around to all the junk store or Roots or had us out picking some kind of fruit for canning was the.most fun we were together every day for about 3 or 4 years after he retired. I hatred when they moved to Florida I missed them so bad but we were blessed so much to get up and down the road to see each other at least once or twice a year they came up a lot and I got to go down a few times we always had the best times. Love you so MUCH Barb will always be here or there for you. But will be hard for me to with out him the laughing and fun playing games with him. Love you .
Brenda Leftridge
May 23, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Shirley Perry
May 22, 2020
I would like to say I miss him terrible and just couldn't wait when our family heard that he was coming to Penna. We looked forward to seeing him and whoever he brought with him. He was always so happy to see us all. He would stay a few days then say he had to go home. He had a few things he had to do, but while he was here we enjoyed every minute to be with him. We went out to eat scratched lottery tickets we went to casinos horse races. He won six hundred dollars at the casino one time. He was so tickled kept saying I got my money back. ha ha My mom Elizabeth and my dad Earle was so happy to see him and whoever came. I can't say enough for him I will truly miss him. He was only about eight when I was born so He was like a big brother to me. He always looked out for me and my family. He has such a nice family, we would all get together at picnics or weddings. we all had such a good time together. He would come up to Penna and it would be his birthday. I made him a couple of times a white coconut cake for his birthday. I found out that was the cake his mother always made for birthdays and he loved coconut cake. Only thing he had to watch his sugar and couldn't eat to much of it. He and his brothers would come up every year for deer season. and usually one or two would take one home with them. Mom would cook the whole week for them and they could drink the beer, and tell their stories and they would bring their mother which was my Gramma. was so happy to see her too. Well I could go on and on and never get done telling all the fun times we had together. The most wonderful thing he did do was to see that his sister Elizabeth my mom was not going to go into any nursing home. He was staying to take care of her or I was going to live with her, which I did. two years three months. She lived that much longer after he came to help out. I want to say I will never forget him. And he was such a wonderful person. You had to watch and not make him mad because he had one hell of a temper when he got mad. but most of time he was a happy and loving person. his niece Shirley
Shirley Call
May 22, 2020
e will be missed. I loved Tom, always went out of his way to make you welcome. I loved that he loved Barb so much and her children. Always in our hearts. R.I.P. dear friend.
Beverly Bailey
May 22, 2020
Poppy Tom was the BEST! He had a heart of gold and a fun loving spirit. We always looked forward to our visits with him and Aunt Barb (and the rest of the family). He never failed to make us laugh or feel at home. His home was our home. Our dinner outings were the best. We can't pass a Golden Coral or Dairy Queen without thinking of him, LOL. His smile, his laughter and always a kind heart. He was truly one of a kind! I can't imagine Kylie Megan getting married without you Poppy Tom but I know you'll be there in spirit.
Tracy Hornbarger
May 22, 2020
I knew him as Tom.He was a great boss, and common sense, coupled with compassion was always what guided his decision making.I am so sad to see him go.
Earl W. Jourdan Jr.
May 22, 2020
Tom was one of the best men i ever met. I worked with him at Green contracting for quite a few years. My father worked with him in the early years at green. Tom treated me like family and i worshipped him. When i was much younger i was working out of town with Tom and my wife called me and told that my dog died. Tom was there for me and constantly cheering me up. He even offered to drive me home but i stayed. When his son Willie died i was crushed and Tom comfort me then as well. When my father died who Tom knew very well. He was the one that came to me and hugged and told me if i need anything at all just let him know. Tom was my boss but i thought of him like family. Next to my dad i never cared for nor respected anyone as much as Tom. The last time he came back to Maryland, myself and a few of the older guys from green met him for lunch. When we were going to leave he told us how much he loved us. Tom we love you also,you are missed.
Mark Townsend
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