Stonington - The Reverend Doctor David H. Eaton, 89, of Pawcatuck, entered into eternal life on Oct. 18, 2013.
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He was born in Springfield, Mass., on Feb. 16, 1924. He served in the Armed Services in Europe during World War II and later graduated from Denison University in Ohio on the GI Bill. He was ordained a Congregational minister after completing his studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he studied under Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Paul Tillich. Later he received his Doctorate of Divinity from Andover-Newton Theology Seminary in Boston.
He served for 25 years as a Congregational parish minister. In 1973, David Eaton became the first chaplain at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, where he ministered for 13 years. During that time he formed the New England College of Chaplains and was the founding member of the Connecticut Association for Jungian Psychology and was a Diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Eaton later went into private counseling where he encouraged people to find their own path and passion. A healing, transforming encounter was always David Eaton's goal.
David Eaton is survived by his loving wife, Josie; a brother, Reverend William S. Eaton (Mary); two sons, Kenneth Eaton (Patricia) and Roger Eaton (Donna); a daughter, Catherine Fears (Greg); three stepsons, Bruce Becker, Stephen Becker (Therese), and Robert Becker (Debora); several grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his stepdaughter, Lynn.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Christ Episcopal Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly. Burial will follow in Stonington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the David Eaton Memorial Fund at Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly, RI 02891.
To share a message of condolence or remembrance with his family, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com.
Dinoto Funeral Home
17 Pearl St.
Mystic, CT 06355
Published in The Day on Oct. 22, 2013