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Richard Clarke Eaton
  • July 01, 1943
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  • July 13, 2018

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Richard Clarke Eaton

With great sadness, the family of Richard Clarke Eaton announces his passing on July 13, 2018, at the age of 75, in Ocala, Florida, after a brief illness. Rich will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years, Jane, and his children, Jill and David, and daughter-in-law Anjolie. “Pop-pop” will also be fondly remembered by his two granddaughters, Mora and Galen.

Born and raised in Flushing, New York, Rich was an only child, but had the great fortune to discover what would quickly become his best and lifelong friend in the house next door. Rich attended Brooklyn Technical High School before matriculating to Queens College to earn his bachelor’s degree. Later he continued his education with an MBA from St. John’s University. A career in finance may have started in New York City, but it was when Rich accepted a job offer to work at the Yale University School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut, that he found his vocational calling. From that point forward, Rich worked as a financial officer at private educational institutions. The last 17 years of his career were spent at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, where he made many great friends.  Away from work, Rich found time to coach his kids’ baseball and softball teams, and to support and encourage all their academic and athletic pursuits. Family vacations included skiing, Disneyworld, and visiting relatives.

After retirement, Rich and Jane split time between Florida and Maine, enjoying the best seasons in both places. Rich played year-round golf in retirement, which should come as no surprise. An avid and skilled golfer throughout his entire life, he greatly enjoyed the competition but probably equally enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships formed. While he honed his game as a teenager at Kissena Park in Queens, New York, his retirement rounds at Stone Creek Golf Club in Florida and Wawenock Golf Club in Maine produced some of his best memories, stories, and friendships.

In addition to golf, Rich enjoyed bar trivia nights with his neighbors, kayaking with Jane, and playing and swimming with his granddaughters. When in Maine, he enjoyed relaxing by the lake with a good book, drinking and sharing his particularly wry sense of humor with family and friends, and of course dining on lobsters.

The family has requested that any memorial donations in memory of Rich be directed to one of two places: (1) Wawenock Golf Club, PO Box 766, Damariscotta, ME 04543 or www.wawenockgolfclub.com; and (2) UF Health Shands Hospital, at https://www.uff.ufl.edu/give-now/?fund_id=012651. Wawenock is small nonprofit golf club in Maine, where Rich enjoyed countless hours of golf each summer, joking around with each staff member by name, from the pro shop and grounds crew to the bartender. UF Health Shands Hospital has provided top quality care, treatment, and support to both Rich and Jane since their move to Florida.


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  1. Karen Stein. says:
    17 Jul 2018
    This is just too sad! We will miss his great smile at the golf course and at trivia. Love and many prayers to you Jane and yall’s family. Just think of the awesome angel you have watching y’all. I always got excited when y’all came back from Maine. I know Rich is golfing for sure with Jay. Love ya, Karen and Jim Stein

  2. Jan and Frank Smith lit a candle:
    17 Jul 2018
    Lit since July 17, 2018 at 7:26:12 AM

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    17 Jul 2018
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  5. Rich DiCecio says:
    17 Jul 2018
    Lost my friend of 75 years yesterday. Our parents were neighbors and we were born 3 months apart. Friends ever since!! He was a golf fanatic I was not. He and Jane moved from NY, I did not. We remained dear friends throughout. He respected the parts of me he was not and I admired him for traits I did not have. I will miss him dearly.

  6. Monjula and Ravi Chidambaram lit a candle:
    16 Jul 2018
    Lit since July 16, 2018 at 7:59:19 PM

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    Lit since July 16, 2018 at 7:59:30 PM

  9. Dick and Sue Ness posted an image:
    16 Jul 2018
    Enjoying an evening at Edo’s Japanese Steakhouse.  What a handsome group!
    Enjoying an evening at Edo’s Japanese Steakhouse. What a handsome group!

  10. Dick and Sue Ness says:
    16 Jul 2018
    Oh Jane, what a wonderful picture of Rich! He was such a kind and sweet man! We are so fortunate to have known him and he will be so missed!!! Keeping you and your family in our prayers. I’m sure he is enjoying endless rounds of golf with Jay! Hope we get to see you soon.

    Love to you and your family,

    Dick and Sue

  11. Dick and Sue Ness lit a candle:
    16 Jul 2018
    Lit since July 16, 2018 at 7:42:19 PM

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    16 Jul 2018
    Lit since July 16, 2018 at 7:52:07 PM

  13. Andrea & John Blanton says:
    16 Jul 2018
    Though we only had the pleasure of meeting him a few times, it was clear Rich was an amazing husband and father. We are thinking of you all! The Blantons

  14. Gerry and Paul Sinkus says:
    16 Jul 2018
    Dear Jane, I am so shocked to hear about Dicks passing. Such a loss for us all. My heart breaks for you.l and your family Our deepest condolences.
    Gerry and Paul

  15. Susan Berkow lit a candle:
    16 Jul 2018
    Lit since July 16, 2018 at 7:21:37 PM

  16. Roz & Roy Simpson says:
    16 Jul 2018
    We are so sorry for your loss. Rich will be missed by all who knew him, especially his Stone Creek neighbors who have known him in his retirement years.

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