Robert Caton

Robert Caton WALTERBORO - Robert David Caton, formerly of Edina, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at his home in Walterboro on August 1, 2013 at age 93. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he was preceded in death by his dear wife Anne Adele, on December 25, 1999, after nearly 56 years of marriage. Bob was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on October 7, 1919, the son of Joseph V. and Emily B. Caton. He attended St. Coleman's School and West Catholic High School, where he was track captain and won the National Catholic Track Championship as a high hurdler. Bob graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, (his father and brother's alma mater), class of '43. He proudly served in the United States Navy as an aviation officer during World War II, from 1943-46. Bob was stationed at Pensacola, NAS, San Diego, NAS, and Oceana, NAS where he was a member of the Admiral's Staff. After the war, Bob resumed his pharmacy career, which took him and his family to Roanoke, Va., Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis, Mn. He retired as an award winning Novartis Regional Sales' Manager in 1984, after almost 40 years of service as an accomplished businessman and consummate professional. Bob was an avid boater, former Commodore of the Miss-Croix Yacht Club, in St. Croix, Wi., and a 50+ year Minnesota Vikings' fan. He and Adele enjoyed their retirement travels to their condo in Maui and several European adventures. Bob was a doting husband, tireless and loving teacher of his children, and a big supporter and fan of his grandsons' sports' teams. Bob was well known for his sense of humor, strength of character, and sweet, kind, and gentle nature. He was also a 13 year member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, in Walterboro. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Joseph S. and Thomas C. Caton, as well as his cherished pet, Frosty. Sorely missed by daughter, Patricia A. and husband Steven R. Watson, of Walterboro, son Robert D., Jr. of Bloomington, Mn., and former daughter-in-law Glynis Caton of Chaska, Mn., and grandsons Andrew L. Watson, and wife Ashley of Crosswicks, N.J., Matthew G. Watson and wife Erin of Hermitage, Tn., and Robert C. Caton III of Edina, Mn. "G.G." had four great-grandchildren: Liam G.; Ty A.; Jillian H.; and Benjamin T. Watson of Crosswicks, N.J., and also his "Poochie", Tabby. Special thanks to Mrs. Bernice Perry and family, and Ms. Connie Johnson for their extraordinary love and care, as well as Ms. Betty Fletcher for her loving assistance. Thanks also to Agape Hospice for their support and care, especially Sara, Dorothy, and Melody. All are welcome at a memorial service to be held at the Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home, 117 Paul Street, in Walterboro, on Saturday, October 26, at 2:00 PM, with refreshment to follow at the Watson home. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to Agape Hospice of the Low Country, 658 Bells Highway, Walterboro, SC 29488. Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home - Walterboro
117 Paul Street Historic District  Walterboro, SC 29488
(843) 549-5081
Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Oct. 22, 2013