FOXBORO — A routine New England autumn chore turned deadly for a local father of two, who was fatally attacked by a swarm of bees over the weekend.
Eric Dahl, 48, was blowing leaves from his immaculately kept lawn on Keryn’s Way on Saturday afternoon when he was stung by a swarm of bees, his family said in a brief interview Monday.
Dahl was rushed by ambulance to Norwood Hospital where he later died of what was believed to have been a heart attack, his wife Alison Dahl said.
Alison said her husband was in great health and they ran six miles together earlier that day. He had no allergies to bee stings and had been stung before with no ill effects.
“He was a wonderful son and husband and he was a wonderful father,” Carolyn Romsey said of her son-in-law.
The couple have two daughters, 14-year-old Emma and 12-year-old Casey.
Alison said her husband, a huge fan of all the New England sports teams, enjoyed taking their daughters to their own sporting events.
“He loved Boston sports. He was a huge, huge fan and he loved to exercise,” Alison said.
Eric was a systems analyst at Fidelity Investment’s North Smithfield, R.I., office and a dedicated employee.
“He never took a sick day,” Alison said.
The family said they have received tremendous support from the town in their time of grief.
Foxboro Fire Chief Roger Hatfield, who did not disclose the details of the medical emergency, said three paramedics instead of two were on the ambulance which went to the hospital.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family,” Hatfield said.
Dahl’s sudden passing came a day after news spread of a 49-year-old father, William Scaccia, who authorities say killed his 6-year-old son Anthony before turning the gun on himself at 79 East St.
The house where that tragedy occurred is about a half-mile from Keryn’s Way.