December 23, 1925 – St. John’s, NL
August 16, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Eric was born December 23, 1925 in St. John’s, Nfld and passed away peacefully in hospice care in Calgary, AB on August 16, 2014 at age 88 after a very full life, during which he lived in all the provinces except PEI, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
He obtained his Prof. Engineering (electrical) degree from Dalhousie University (then known as Nova Scotia Tech), married his beloved Pat in May 1950 after which they took the train from St. John’s to begin their married life in Ontario.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Patricia Jane (nee Campbell), two children Sharon Dalton and Geoffrey Dalton, grandchildren, Brad Davis (of Victoria, BC), Alissa Gunderson and Rachele Gunderson in whom he took great delight and pride. He was predeceased by his daughter Debbie Davis (survived by her husband, Cal Davis, of Victoria, BC), his son in law, Erik Gunderson, his grandson, Dane Gunderson and his sister, Dallas Strange. He is also survived by his cousin, Florence Matusky (nee Pittman) of Scottsdale, AZ, whom he considered to be a sister (whose husband, Felix, passed away earlier this year), her children, Jeanne Elodie Matusky (New Jersey) who was also his Goddaughter and Malcolm Matusky (Scottsdale, AZ), his cousin, Annie (nee Frampton) and her husband, Max Davis (Atlanta, Georgia), another pseudo Newfoundland ‘sister’, and their two children, Diane and Reg and families, Annie’s sister, Jean (Ken) Ellis of St. John’s, Nfld, cousin Margie (nee Noseworthy) and her husband, Ed Miller and their children, Garth, Greg, Amber and Grant, Margie’s brother, Bill and his family, all of Calgary, Ab, niece, Janice (Tony) Barto, whom he considered to be almost another daughter, her siblings, Karen (Don) Kennedy, Lynn (Larry) Knutson, and Rick Strange, and all of their children (Vancouver Island).
A special thanks to Dr. Jane Rowland of St. Peter’s Anglican Church for her compassion and Christian care to Eric and his family.
Eric always loved the ocean and wanted this poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Crossing the Bar, to express his farewell to his many good friends and family across North America:
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell.
When I embark;
For though from out our bourn of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar
There has been a private family gathering to celebrate Eric’s well lived life. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Eric Dalton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences