Dale W. Sweet, 63, of Benton, passed away early Friday morning, Dec. 24, at Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta from injuries he sustained Sept. 30, in an automobile accident.

Dale was predeceased by his parents, Phillip and Martha Sweet; and brother, Harvey.

Dale was born April 19, 1947, in Waterville and he grew up in Fairfield. He was a 1965 graduate of Lawrence High School. After graduation, Dale enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years as a radioman aboard a naval destroyer.

Dale spent most of his professional life in sales and public service. After a brief career as a police officer in Fairfield and on Vinalhaven, Dale worked his way up driving oil delivery trucks for Bill’s Oil in Winslow to a leading sales manager position with R.H. Foster out of Bangor. He then returned to Bill’s Oil as general manager. After leaving the oil industry, Dale became the first full-time fire chief of Fairfield. In this position, he was respected by his peers and often was called upon to facilitate various fire and rescue courses for prospective EMTs and other students interested in the fire and rescue field. Dale later took a position as director of Somerset Dispatch before he retired and continued to serve as a volunteer driver for KVCAP. Dale was an active member of Siloam Masonic Lodge 92 in Fairfield. He was promoted through the Masonic ranks and served two consecutive terms as Master Mason.

As a parent, Dale actively supported his children’s activities. He coached his son’s PAL baseball team and never missed any of his daughter’s dance recitals.

Every summer the family took vacations and went camping in the York Beach area. We would also took numerous weekend camping trips to local campgrounds, including Dale’s favorite, Abnaki campground in East Madison, where the family made many friends and memories. In addition to camping, Dale enjoyed spending time on his boat, water skiing, movies, music and traveling to Rhode Island to spend time with friends.

Dale is survived by two children, Chris Sweet of Searsmont and Erica Young and her husband, Gene of Hinckley. He has four loving grandchildren, Chris’ daughters, Baylie and Alexia and Erica’s sons, Noah and Gabriel. He has two sisters, Sandra Hunter of Chatsworth, Ga. and Wendy Works and her husband, Gary of Waterville; and one brother, Wendell and his wife, Lynn of Clinton. Dale is also survived by uncle Ken and aunt Barbara Judkins of Winslow, uncle Dana Judkins of Kittery, aunt Ruth Lessard of Waterville, uncle George and aunt Rose McKenney of Chatsworth, Ga.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be in the spring at Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta. Arrangements are under the care of Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.