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Edward Eaton

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Edward F. Eaton President, Village of Manchester Board of Trustees MANCHESTER VILLAGE, VT Edward Francis Eaton, 89, of Manchester Village died Saturday, April 9, surrounded by his three loving daughters, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the devoted husband of Helen Organ Eaton. Born in New York City, Mr. Eaton was the son of Edward Francis Eaton and Marjorie Gage Eaton. He attended high school at the Concordia Institute in the Bronx and in 1943 graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in Engineering. He later earned his Professional Engineering License from NY State. Mr. Eaton began his career with the General Electric Company (GE) as a test engineer in Schenectady. While on assignment in Pittsfield, Mass., he met and married Helen Estelle Organ in 1943. His career with GE spanned 44 years where he served in engineering positions in the company's International, Electric Utility and Radar and Sonar divisions before retiring in 1987. For the latter part of his career, Mr. Eaton traveled extensively as program manager for several of the company's large Navy Procurement programs, with responsibility for sales of noncombat electric propulsion equipment to large shipyards in the U.S and overseas. The family lived in Delmar, Manlius and Glenmont during Mr. Eaton's career with GE. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Manchester Village, Vt., where they remained active members of the community for many years. Elected to the Manchester Village Board of Trustees in 1989, Mr. Eaton was appointed president by the Board in 1996 and was elected every year after that by village residents at their annual meeting. He also served as Roads Commissioner for the Village of Manchester during this period. During Mr. Eaton's 15 years as president, the Board implemented many improvements for village residents, including the installation of marble curbing and sidewalks and new, decorative street lighting as well as the addition of salt and sand storage facilities. He was active in several local organizations, including the Manchester Country Club, the First Congregational Church of Manchester, Dellwood Cemetery Board of Directors, the NoName Club and Manchester Newcomers Club. Mr. Eaton was also an avid golfer, table tennis and bridge player. He enjoyed downhill skiing and for several years, he taught skiing at Bromley's after-school program. Mr. Eaton was a Navy veteran, having served from 1943 to 1947 during World War II. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Helen, and his three children: Gail Eaton Meagher and her husband, Walter of Fayetteville, N.Y., Deborah Gage Eaton and her husband, Bryan Bruce of Northampton, Mass., and Susan Eaton Ramsey and her husband, James of Manchester Village; eight grandchildren; Matthew Meagher and his wife, Shannon; Michael Meagher and his wife, Brooke; Kimberly Scott Eaton, Jessica Kansas and her husband, George; Sara Eaton-Bruce, and Jennifer, Sarah and Kevin Ramsey and five great-grandchildren: Claire, Grace and Lilly Meagher, Helen Kansas and Mavis Meagher. Mr. Eaton was predeceased by his son, Scott Howes Eaton, who died in 1975. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held for Mr. Eaton at 11 in the morning on Wednesday, April 13, at the First Congregational Church, Route 7A in Manchester Village, VT. Immediately following the service, guests are invited to greet the family at a reception at the church. Donations may be made in Mr. Eaton's name to the First Congregational Church, Historic Route 7A, Manchester Village, Vermont, 05254. BREWSTER FUNERAL SERVICE in Manchester, VT has been entrusted with the care of Mr. Eaton's funeral arrangements. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 11, 2011
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