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Louis F. Eaton Jr.

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EATON, Louis F., Jr Of Cohasset, May 26, 2010, at age 91. Beloved husband of Robin L. Eaton since1994; devoted father of Elizabeth Steadman of Duxbury, Mass. and Deborah Peck and her husband Raymond, of Washington, DC, and step- father of William Lord and his wife, Nan, of Seattle, Wash. and Donna Roberts, of West Lebanon, N.H.; cherished grandfather of David Steadman and Sarah Peck and "Grandpa Lou" to Catherine and Rebecca Roberts. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and by Nancy McManemon, sister of Elizabeth F. Eaton, to whom he was married for more than 50 years and who predeceased him in 1993. Born on December 20, 1918, in Annapolis, Md., to Louis Franklin Eaton and Margaret Ayers Eaton, he was the first of six children. Lou is survived by four of his siblings: Allan A. Eaton of Duxbury, Mass., David Eaton of Sandwich, N.H., Margaret Koerner of Woodstock, Conn., and Mary Abigail Mott of Topsham, Maine. (His brother, Robert A. Eaton, lately of Sandwich, NH, died March 16, 2010.) He graduated from Brockton High School in 1935, and Deerfield Academy in 1936, Amherst College, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1940, and Harvard Law School in 1943 ('47). He served in the U.S. Navy as Commanding Officer of convoy escorts in the Aleutian Islands, based in Adak. In 1945 he was discharged, and in 1946 he moved his young family to Cohasset where he resided for the rest of his life. Lou was admitted to the bar in New Hampshire in 1946 and in Massachusetts in 1947, when he joined Hutchins & Wheeler (the oldest law firm in Boston). He practiced general and estate law until he retired in 1986, though he continued to serve as a trustee and as an Arbiter with the American Arbitration Association for the next twenty years. He was a member of The Mayflower Society, Mensa, and a major contributor to numerous government and civic organizations in Cohasset including the Advisory Committee, Community Fund, Dramatic Club, Golf Club, Historical Society and Old Goats; and he proudly donated 17 gallons of blood in his lifetime to the American Red Cross. For more than 50 years Lou subscribed to Friday afternoon concerts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Boston Athenaeum. Lou had a great grin. He was an engaging conversationalist with a quick wit and a pervasive sense of humor. Jazz fan, opera lover, excellent dancer, world traveler, and avid golfer, he was interested in everything from Gilbert and Sullivan to astronomy, and he never turned down the chance to learn about something new. He taught us all to be curious and to be contributing citizens. He was a gem. A celebration of his life will take place on June 12th, at 2 o'clock at the First Parish Church in Cohasset. Interment will be private. Condolences may be sent to Robin Eaton at 30 Beach Street, Cohasset, MA 02025. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Lou's memory to the Class of 1940, Amherst College P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000. For an online guestbook, please visit McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Homes Brighton-Cohasset-Norwell 781-383-0200

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