GREENFIELD - Richard Davis Eaton, 81, died at Monadnock Community Hospital, on April 8, 2014, after a period of failing health. Richard was born in Framingham, Mass. on April 22, 1932, the son of Maxwell Parmenter Eaton and Ruth Evelyn (Davis) Eaton. Richard and his family had been long time residents and seasonal residents on Sunset Lake in Greenfield.
Richard attended Wayside Inn Schools in Sudbury, Mass., a school sponsored by Henry Ford. He graduated from Sudbury High School in 1950 and attended Purdue University
, West Lafayette, Indiana until 1951. During and after high school he went to East Coast Aero Tech in Bedford, Mass. where he obtained his private pilot's license, commercial license and instrumental rating.
He was First Officer/Co Pilot for Northeast Airlines out of Boston from 1952 until 1960. He took fifteen months leave of absence to serve as aviation cadet in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict
. Richard worked as a travel consultant for Harvard Travel Service in Cambridge from 1961 until 1986. During this time he traveled extensively throughout Europe, taking 36 trips to the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Asia and all over the United States. He later worked as a travel consultant for Travel New Horizons in Peterborough from 1986 until 2008.
Richard was a parishioner of All Saints Episcopal Church in Peterborough.
Richard is survived by numerous cousins and close friends.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 51 Concord Street, Peterborough. A private burial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest that memorial contributions be made in Richard's name to All Saints Episcopal Church, 51 Concord Street, Peterborough, N.H. 03458 or Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey, N.H. 03446.
Jellison Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online obituary please visit www.jellisonfuneralhome.com