Mr. John “Jack” Bradley Dalton of Summit, New Jersey died peacefully on Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Livingston, New Jersey at the age of ninety-four in the presence of family.
Jack is survived by his daughter Ann Dalton Marvin (and her husband, Dennis Charles Marvin) of Summit, New Jersey, and his grandchildren: Matthew Bradley Marvin and Emma Claire Marvin. He was predeceased by his wife Joan Marie Dalton (nee Hartmann) in 2003, his son John Laurence Dalton in 1997, as well as his two brothers, Peter and Michael Dalton.
Jack was born on November 11, 1925 in Yonkers, New York to Laurence Edward Dalton and Maude Dalton (nee Bradley). He graduated from the Barnard School for Boys in Fieldston, New York in 1943 and attended the Officer Training Program at Princeton University in 1944. He then served in World War II as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Helena from 1945-46. After being discharged from the Navy, he returned to New York and began working in the maritime insurance industry, a career in which he held various positions over the course of four decades.
He married Joan Hartmann on January 2, 1954. They subsequently moved to Montreal and welcomed two children, John and Ann, into their home. Jack was a lifelong summer resident of Nantucket, Massachusetts. His interests included reading (especially history), astronomy, ornithology, and the New York Times crossword puzzle, which he always tackled in pen.
Jack was a true gentleman: charming and unassuming. He was blessed with many lifelong friends, most notably the extended Hoskiewicz family, his northern Vermont “cousins.” He loved good books, fine wine, dinner at Roots Steakhouse in Summit, and the New York Yankees. A loyal grandfather, he loved spending time with his grandchildren; he attended every school play, soccer game, and art exhibit.
Due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, all plans for a service are on hold at this time. The family hopes that a memorial service can take place later this spring. As much as the family would love the presence of extended family and friends, this is simply not possible at this time.
If you wish to honor Jack, please consider making a donation in his name to the Nantucket Historical Association at nha.org. Upon choosing the “Give to the Annual Fund” option, please click “Tribute Information” to allocate your contribution in Jack’s memory. You can also make a gift by mail (check payable to the Nantucket Historical Association) to the Development Department, Nantucket Historical Association, P.O. BOX 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554.
Condolences can be sent to the family at either Ann.Marvin@verizon.net or by clicking the link on the left column of this page.
Finally, the family would like to thank the dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff at Inglemoor Rehabilitation & Care Center in Livingston, N.J. for their diligent and compassionate care, especially in this time of great uncertainty.