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Richard F. Eaton

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EATON, Richard F. "Dick" . Passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Born August 26, 1926 in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was the son of the late Arthur G. & Esther (Swanson) Eaton. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree from University of Maine and attended Northeastern University and New York University to obtain his Master's Degree. He was a Veteran of World War II. In 1951, Dick married Elizabeth (Richardson) Eaton. Their early years in Boston, MA, Richard and Elizabeth raised their three children in Concord, MA and Kennebunk Beach, Maine. Dick had a long and successful career as a structural engineer, serving 32 years at the Raytheon Corp. Dick participated in local civic organizations, such as the Concord Minutemen, up to and during the Bicentennial. He was Moderator and on the Deaconate, as well as a member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord, MA. Including his role as President from 1978-1980, Dick spent several years actively on the Board of Directors of the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association (KBIA). Upon retiring to Kennebunk Beach in 1992, he actively served on the Board of Directors for the Senior Center in Lower Village and was actively involved in the development of the program. Dick delivered for Meals on Wheels for many years. Dick was also quite engaged in numerous roles at the South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, ME. Dick was predeceased by his loving wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Eaton, his parents, brother Arthur G Eaton, Jr. and sister Doris C. Eaton, all of Bangor, ME. He is survived by his three children: Jonathan G. Eaton & partner Eric K. Carlson of San Diego, CA, Rebecca Eaton Valentine and son-in-law Mark Valentine of Natick, MA and son Jeffrey A. Eaton of Kennebunk, ME, as well as two grandchildren: Joshua S. Valentine and Amy T. Valentine of Natick, MA. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Eileen (Beansie) Eaton of Orono, ME and Donna Thorburn of LaMoine, ME, as well as many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces and a great many friends. He valued family above everything, and his family will miss him dearly. Dick will be remembered for his outgoing personality, sense of humor, generous spirit, and compassion as a father, grandfather, uncle and friend. A "Celebration of Life" Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM January 29,2009 at the South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, ME, with the Reverend Charles Whiston presiding. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation be sent to the Senior Center at Lower Village, 175 Port Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043; or the South Congregational Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 414, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 in Dick's name. Arrangements are in care of the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., KENNEBUNK, ME. www.bibberfuneral.com.
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