James D. “Big Jim” Dalton, age 82

of Quincy

James D. “Big Jim” Dalton, age 82

James D. “Big Jim” Dalton, age 82, of Quincy, formerly of Roxbury and Dorchester, died peacefully, Friday, June 5, 2020, in his home, with his family. Beloved husband of the late Patricia “Patsy” for 52 years. Devoted and cherished father of Kathie Dalton Keane and her husband Sean of Quincy. Loving and adored grandfather of Maeve and Bridget Keane.

Jim was born in East Boston, to the late James P. and Doris M. Dalton, and grew up in Roxbury and Dorchester. One of seven siblings, he was the dear brother of June Meade of Arizona, Doris Marshall of Quincy, Claire Morrissey of Weymouth, Mary Dalton of Quincy, the late Georgia Larsen and Richard “Dick” Dalton. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, godchildren, and extended family.

Jim was a Millwright #1121 for 56 years, and one of the original 38 Charter Members. He held many positions including Vice President and President, was also a member of many regional councils and an apprenticeship teacher. He was a longstanding Quincy Elk for over forty years, having help founded the Elks #943 Rainbow Fund, granting wishes to sick local children in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Jim was an avid Bruins fan, enjoyed fishing, boating, swimming, carpentry, shuffleboard at the Elks, and most importantly, helping people. He loved all his family, extended family, and French St. family. His grandchildren were his world, spoiling them, showering them with laughter and love, and supporting all they did. But his wife was the love of his life, whom he missed deeply.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, North Quincy, on Friday, June 12, at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, #200, Framingham, MA 01701, or RRF, c/o Eastern Bank, 34 Chapman Street, Quincy, MA 02170, benefitting high school students in need.


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  • Rest in Peace my brother….

  • Kathie and family, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Dad.
    He was such a good dad to you and a wonderful person .I am thinking of you at this sad time. Tina and family

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. I’m sure he is at peace joining his beloved wife, Pat & family .

  • Until we meet again. Rest now you deserve it. I will miss you.

  • You will be greatly missed Uncle Jimmy. I know your holding hands with Patsy again. Together again ❤️

  • Rest in peace Uncle Jim.


  • My condolences to Big Jim’s immediate and extended family

  • To the family especially Kathy, Sean and the girls so sorry for your loss…Rest in Peace Papa…..xo

  • Goodbye Uncle Jim. So sorry to hear that he is gone. All my love & prayers to the family.

  • Rest In Peace Jim, you’re with your “Love” again, wishing you both love and happiness for all eternity

  • Times immortality does inevitably end, although hearts have an endless passion that love does timelessly receive and send…

    Revealing how loves eternity exists to be felt beyond time, appreciating each moment shared like the rhythm within in a rhyme…

    Inspired through the guidance provided by more empathy than can ever elsewhere be found…

    That is but a moment of the grateful love you’d inspired us to share with you beyond time, by being more than so lovingly warmly and dearly, a perfect dad, and a to so many, a devoted friend…

    RIP .. Sorry for your loss Kathie and family.. xx

  • To the family of Jim I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I knew Jim being Elks members for many years together. He was a true gentleman who was always there to help members and the lodge anyway he could. He will be missed by the many friends he made in his life. RIP my friend.

  • Kathy,
    So sorry to hear about your dad.
    He was a really nice and sweet guy. Every time I talked to him he was always happy and always had a smile on his face.
    He will be truly missed.

  • So sorry for your loss, Prayers coming your way.
    Jimmy, Rest in peace.

  • Dear Kathie & Family ,
    We are very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. You always lit up when speaking of his with great love and respect. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dan, Lisa & Ashley