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Carl E. Dantas, of Middleton, Mass., formerly of Reading, Mass., and Wolfeboro, N.H., died peacefully Friday, April 21st, 2017 at Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers.
Carl was a man devoted to family who loved activities with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time in Wolfeboro on Lake Winnipesaukee and had a passion for gardening and engineering.
He graduated from Boston Latin School then went to Northeastern University earning a BS in Electrical Engineering participating in co-ops at Raytheon. When not on co-op, he earned money to help pay for his college education by working at the Franklin Park Zoo as a concession stand manager. He was a prolific user of the Boston T, commuting each day from his home in Jamaica Plain to school; a total of 11 years, six years to Latin and five to NU.
During his college years he participated in ROTC. Upon graduation he got his boot camp training in Georgia and then was stationed in Fort Monmouth, NJ. as a 2nd Lieutenant.
He started his engineering career at Photon leaving the company to join Raytheon, where he continued his education at Northeastern earning a Masters Degree in E.E. Education was very important to Carl and he was proud of and dedicated to both Boston Latin and Northeastern supporting the schools throughout his life.
While working at Raytheon, the President and the Chief Engineer at Photon asked him to come work with them in a new company they had formed. He was the fifth person to join the company then known as Compugraphic starting as an engineer and later becoming President and CEO at the age of 40. With the help of his vision and dedication, the company thrived and grew to over 4,000 employees under his leadership. He was a strong business man who valued not only customers and share holders, but also the employees who worked for him.
He was the beloved husband of Claire (D’Orval) Dantas sharing 58 wonderful years of marriage; the son of Mae and Alfred Dantas; the loving father of Rhonda McDonough and husband, Michael, Paul Dantas, Michael Dantas, David Dantas and wife, Kelly, the Grandfather of Michael, Margaret and Carla McDonough, Benjamin and Sydney Dantas; the brother of Anita Givens and husband, Malcolm; the uncle of Carla (Givens) Bratland, Pamela (Givens) Von Plutzner, Malcolm Givens, Peter Givens, Robert D’Orval, Scott D’Orval, Michelle (D’Orval) Robinson and Alicia (D’Orval) Morgan.
Relatives and friends are kindly welcome to visitation on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Rt. 114, Middleton, Mass. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Carl on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Parish, Chestnut St., Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carl’s memory can be made to Northeastern University Scholarship Fund by going to: https://www.northeastern.edu/empower/. Visit www.mackeyfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence.
Published on  April 25, 2017
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