After serving as an Andover groundskeeper for 19 years, Shawn Dalton passed away at the age of 46 on January 10 from an injury sustained at home. Prior to arriving at Andover, Dalton received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dalton contributed to the Andover community through his devotion to maintaining the health of the outdoors, as well as by sharing his knowledge of turf management, according to “The Gazette.”
“His love for the outdoors was no secret to anyone. He was a very hard, dedicated worker. Even at home, he was always outside, splitting wood, mowing the lawn, and enjoying a bonfire were his past times. He loved his trips to Florida where he lived for a short time,” said the obituary for Dalton available on the Croswell Funeral Home website.
According to the obituary, Dalton is survived by family members and his two home companions: his cats, Snappy and Charlotte. His funeral was held on January 19 in North Reading. On February 26, the chaplaincy will host a virtual Service of Remembrance to honor Dalton and the recent passing of two other Andover community members, Emily Trespas, Instructor in Art, and Pedro Nunez, a member of the Paresky Commons dining team.