Rev. Bryan J Dalton

August 4, 1945November 30, 2018

After a seven-and-half-year battle with cancer. Father Bryan Dalton has died, in the place he called home for the past 25 years, the rectory of St. Ambrose Church. He died the afternoon of November 30, 2018 with his sister Mona and two of her children, Jillian and Bryan, as well as their spouses, at his bedside. Father Dalton was 73 and had been a priest for 48 years. "About an year ago it got really rough, but he never gave up. He didn't want to leave any of us right up until the end", said Bob Colasanti, St. Ambrose's parish manager, who had worked with Father Dalton for the past 32 years. "He never bragged about anything he did. But he touched thousands of people," Colosanti said. "It was an amazing legacy. He had a huge heart for all people." Blessed with an Irish sense of humor, Father Dalton was known for his love of the poor. "Every Christmas and Easter he would encourage the parishioners to bring in toys and Easter baskets" Colasanti said. He figures over the years the parish collected over 50,000 toys and an equal number of Easter baskets. Eight years ago, Father Dalton started Helping Hands food pantry that feeds 300 people every week. "The homeless would show up here to talk to Father and he'd say: "How did you hear about me"" and they would say: "The police told me: Go to Father, He'll help you", Colasanti recalled. With Father Dalton as pastor, St. Ambrose was always available to anyone who needed to bury a loved one. "He would help pay for funerals out of his pocket, Colasanti said. "I can't begin to tell you how loved he was by everyone." Father Dalton's death comes 11 months after that of his older brother, Father Brendan Dalton, longtime pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Hollywood, who died December, 31,2017 "It was very difficult for Father to accept that loss. They were only an year apart in the seminary and they shared so much in their priesthood", Colasanti said. Together, the Daltons provided 96 years of priestly service to the Archdiocese of Miami. "Father Dalton was a much beloved pastor who loved his people in turn", said Archbishop Thomas Wenski. "His years struggling with cancer showed not only his courage- he suffered without complaint - but also his determination to remain serving his parishioners to the very end. He now joins his brother, Brendan, in enjoying the reward promised by the Lord to his good and faithful servants. May our merciful Lord grant him eternal rest !" John Bernard Dalton - better known as Bryan by all his relatives - was born August 4, 1945 in Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland. He was the youngest of four children, two boys and two girls. The Dalton brothers followed two uncles and a cousin into the priesthood. Their uncles served in Kentucky, their cousin in Ohio. Father Dalton was ordained June 7, 1970, in Waterford, Ireland for the Archdiocese of Miami. He first served as parochial vicar at St.Juliana in West Palm Beach (1970-1972) and St. Monica in Opa-Locka (1972-1976). From 1976 to 1984 he served as parochial vicar at St. Ambrose, where he would return as pastor in 1993. Before that he served as pastor of St. Richard (now Holy Rosary - St.Richard) in Palmetto Bay, from 1984 to1993. In addition to his sister, Mona and niece and nephew Gillian and Bryan, Father Dalton is survived by Mona's other son, Jamie and his spouse, and his other sister, Rosemary and her children Orla, John and Carol, all of whom live in Ireland. Visitation will be Monday, December 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Ambrose Church, 380 South Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Ambrose School. Arrangements by Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home and Cremation Center, phone: 954-427-5544.


  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Wake Service Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rev. Bryan J Dalton

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Suzanne Stevens

December 27, 2018

I will always be grateful to Father Dalton. He educated and gave my two children a loving, safe environment to develop their love of learning. He inspired me to volunteer for the last 10 years with my therapy dogs in nursing homes. Belonging to his church was like being adopted into a wonderful family. I know that he would say we should not mourn his loss but work to do all the good we can until we see him again one day.

Tibor Keresztesi

December 25, 2018

I knew father Dalton since 1993 , we moved to Jacksonville 13 years ago and today I visited my son in Miami. I came to 11 am mass and found out that father passed away I was shocked and cried , cannot believe that he left us. Father Dalton baptized my son, I hope that he can see us from haven. He always said life goes on and I remember when he sang When a child is born at Christmas. Thank you father Dalton for everything you have done for humanity, God bless you!

See Chele

December 8, 2018

I am heartbroken to hear the news of the loss of our dear, dear Ftr Dalton. Due to some of the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church I left for a very long time, along the way I tried other churches and due to the staunch beliefs of some, I never could find a fit. It was through friends I found my second savior Ftr Dalton! Thanks to this lovely, kind, Irish singing priest I found hope, I found a 2nd home and continued at St Ambrose for almost 20 years. We will never be able to duplicate him but I would give anything if the priest that may attempt to fill his shoes can also be Irish and sing to us at every mass! I Thank God that his Irish eyes are smiling up in heaven, but my heart is heavy being selfish but I’d rather be going to mass today to hear him sing one last time ! Ftr Dalton rest in peace and know our love and admiration for you will be Everlasting !

Susan Crawford

December 3, 2018

I can't tell you what a pleasure it was for me to be working with Fr. Dalton. He was a wonderful boss we had laughs together good times, bad times have been with him for 13-14 yrs. and I will truly miss him. I'll remember him at carnival time when he wore the prisoner black/white suit got arrested and put into "jail" by the BSO He always referred to me as "The Little One" Bob calls me the Christmas elf because I put up and decorate the Christmas trees in the front lobby the parish hall and the priests' living room

Gil & Marilyn Campbell

December 3, 2018

We were saddened to hear of Fr Bryan’s passing. We will truly miss him and his passion for thoroughbred horses and our long discussions about horses and racing. He was such an incredible individual who loved life, people and of course , God. He will be missed by us . Our thoughts and prayers are with Mona and her family at this time. Ironically, I bought a Christmas card for him today. Loved you Bryan.
Gil & Marilyn Campbell

Winnie and Vinnie Angarola

December 3, 2018

Father Dalton will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him. His mass was always very interesting. I always loved when he started singing. And the when it was someone special birthday or anniversary how he would sing to them. Father Dalton always wanted you to feel very special.. Im happy that he's out of pain and that he is with all the other Angels . The Best Is Yet To Come

Bianca Cirillo

December 3, 2018

It is impossible to think of Father Dalton without smiling. It has been a privilege for myself and my family to know him, talk with him, and love him for almost 20 years. A true we will think of fondly and never forget. May he rest in heavenly peace....until we meet again. The best is yet to come!

Seamus Heaney

December 2, 2018

I first met Fr Dalton at Curraheen Park greyhound stadium in Cork, Ireland. At that time I had the catering contract and Fr Bryan who had such a passion for greyhound racing was one of the well known dog owner. He often ate with me in the kitchen in between races. I met him subsequently in his beloved US home of Deerfield Beach, there we would meet for dinner or just a chat about the dogs or home happenings. When we visited Deerfield Beach as a family each summer we really loved the masses at St Ambrose said by either Fr Bryan or Fr Tom who covered the holidays most Julys.

Fr. Dalton loved the church, Deerfield Beach, his parishioners, his family, Ireland, greyhound racing & his great friends like Mary Cardillo.
Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam ~ (may his soul be at the right of God)

Marilyn Nesbit

December 1, 2018

I have been praying for a miracle for a few years now, but I know the true miracle was attending your services. Your kindness, generosity and spirit will live on forever at St. Ambrose and the hearts of so very many. You changed me, and for that I am forever grateful. I still have the last rose you gave me for my birthday 5 yrs. ago when I turned 60. Your passing is bittersweet with the knowledge that your physical pain and suffering is now replaced by the joy and peace of being with Our Lord and Savior. Godspeed my earthly Father.

Jeanette Ranese (Atrum Boca)

December 1, 2018

Father Dalton had away of always making you feel special
As a regular at the Saturday 4:00 Mass one Saturday I asked Father to bless me he said “holy women don’t need to be blessed”
You will truly be missed I for sure be will miss your singing
Rest in heavenly peace
Father Bryan Dalton 🙏🏻🙏🏻