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Robert Peter Eaton

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Eaton, Robert Peter
Dec. 11, 1932 - May 1, 2013
Robert Peter Eaton, a resident of Sarasota, Florida, passed away on May 1, 2013 at the age of 80 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Bob is survived by his loving wife Pamela Eaton; his two children, Nica Guinn (& Michael) of Santa Barbara, CA, and Robert Eaton (& Beth) of Princeton, NJ, from his first marriage to Eveline Eaton; three step children, Sarah Soboleski (& Steve), Benton Hale (& Jennifer), and Amanda DeJesus (& Amin); and eight grandchildren Anna, Devin, Gabriel, Jonathan, Peter, Porter, Sawyer and Sydney. Bob grew up in Woodmere, NY and graduated from Princeton University. After college, Bob served two years in the US Army in England and Germany, before embarking on a career in advertising in the US, Canada and Europe with Benton & Bowles, J Walter Thompson and Ted Bates Worldwide. He founded his own agency Consell based in Frankfurt in the 1960s, which he grew to employing over seventy staff, and eventually sold to Grey Advertising in the 1980s. He authored many creative ad campaigns for chocolates, coffee, televisions and other consumer goods, for clients including Mars and Jacobs. Bob served as a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. After many years in Frankfurt, he moved with his family to Weybridge, England in 1973. Bob attended Stanford University's executive MBA program. After 26 years in England, he moved to Sarasota in 1999. In his later years, he served on the board of Brach's candy, and founded Museumpiece, a company specializing in antique English silver and later also Zimbabwean Shona sculpture. He volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem in Sarasota. Bob was a loving, generous and supportive husband, father and grandfather, ardent opera lover, avid golfer, widespread traveler, enthusiastic Yankees fan and MadMen watcher. His wit, charm and sincerity brought him friends all over the world. A private memorial celebration of life will be held for close friends and family in Sarasota. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bob's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research (www.michaeljfox.org), the (donate.americanheart.org), or the (www.cancer.org).


Published in Herald Tribune from May 2 to May 3, 2013
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