Obituary – Francis Dalton13 May 2019
One of the most well-known figures in the UK woodworking machinery sector – Francis Dalton, MD of AL Dalton Ltd – has died following a short illness.
Regarded as one of the true gentlemen of the woodworking machinery sector, he and his late brother Nigel were the third generation to enter the family business in Nottingham.
In 2016 Mr Dalton celebrated 60 years with the company, having first worked as a machinist at Stag Cabinets gaining some valuable experience before joining his father, Vernon, and uncle, Cyril, in 1956. He quickly took to the business forging what were to become lifelong relationships with customers, partners and competitors.
Although never married, Mr Dalton was still very much a family man. He leaves five nieces and nephews. Alex Dalton, son to Nigel and nephew of Francis, continues as the fourth generation to run the business today.
As director and joint owner of Daltons Wadkin with involvement in all aspects from sales to service, Mr Dalton continued to work full time in the business up until the last few weeks of his life.
Like his ancestors before him, he took a special pride in ensuring that the company offered the very best machinery, aftercare and support.
Francis Dalton will be much missed both within Daltons Wadkin and the wider woodworking machinery community.