Warren E. Dalton Jr., a real estate developer whose most recent undertaking had been the historic Nimrod property on Dillingham Avenue, died unexpectedly at home on July 29. Mr. Dalton, who had been a longtime resident of North Falmouth, was 54.
He was the husband of Deborah (Laffey) Dalton.
Mr. Dalton established Chappy Realty, LLC, a real estate property development and management company, in 2001.
He sold the Nimrod property to East Falmouth-based Pinsonneault Builders in April of last year. Mr. Dalton had purchased the property in 2013 and proposed creating a mixed-use development on the site during a planning process that took more than four years. In an Enterprise article published last August, he said he had been working with Pinsonneault Builders on the project before deciding to sell to them.
“Part of the agreement is they’re going to build exactly what I got permitted and approved,” he said on August 21 last year. “The existing structure will stay the same. They were already doing the engineering. It was just a matter of me stepping away, and they’re going to run with it,” he said.
In August 2017, Mr. Dalton presented the plans of proposed improvements for the Nimrod property to the Falmouth Planning Board, and they were largely met with satisfaction from the board and members of the public. The next month, the zoning board of appeals approved a special permit for the project.
The interior of the original building was “taken down to the studs” when the developer first began renovating in 2013, but Mr. Dalton said his company saved a number of historical architectural pieces, including some old doors and mantels. Other historical elements, such as a fireplace and existing staircase, would remain in place as part of the future mixed-use spaces.
Some of Mr. Dalton’s other notable projects were Cataumet Gardens, a retail-office-residential complex on Route 28A in that village of Bourne; Westwind Cottages, 12 condominiums on West Falmouth Highway; and Fieldstone Place, also in West Falmouth, a six-unit condominium community built in 2003.
Mr. Dalton for a time had worked as a manager at The Wood Lumber Company in Falmouth; his company developed the showroom, yard and storage facilities seen on the premises today.
After purchasing the Shubal Nye house on Old Main Road, a home speculated to date back to at least the 1700s, Mr. Dalton determined that the historic home was in such disrepair it could not be saved and it was demolished in November 2014. Mr. Dalton said he saved interior doors, mantels, paneling, molding, and other items from the house and had planned to use them inside the Nimrod.
Prior to the demolition, he had spoken with representatives of the Falmouth Preservation Alliance about the possibility of saving the North Falmouth home and hosted a tour of the house with the group. “I thought the Nimrod was bad until I walked into this place,” he said. Mr. Dalton said that he appreciated the efforts of the alliance. “Not every building can be saved but a few more could be,” he said.
Mr. Dalton was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and a former resident of Reading.
His recreational pursuits included boating, skiing and hiking. Also a runner, he had participated in the Cape Cod Marathon and other races.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Samantha C. Dalton of Denver, Colorado, Ryan Dalton and his wife, Emily (Ferdyn) Dalton, of Charleston, South Carolina, and Julia E. Dalton of Lee, New Hampshire; his mother, Jean C. Dalton of Lynnfield; and four siblings and their families.
A funeral service was Monday, August 5, at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in West Falmouth.