Richard L. Eaton

  • Born: July 3, 1932
  • Died: September 24, 2018
  • Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Joyce Funeral Home

245 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Tel. (781) 894-2895

Tribute & Message From The Family

Waltham – Mr. Richard L. Eaton, of Waltham, died Monday, September 24, 2018 in Maristhill Nursing Home. He was 86.

Richard was born in Boston on July 3, 1932, a son of the late Harry and Esther (Eagan) Eaton. He married Eleanor L. Schofield on August 12, 1950 in Saint Patrick's Church in Roxbury. The couple moved to Newton in 1955 and to Waltham eighteen years ago.

He was a motion picture projectionist and worked for many years at the Embassy Theatre in Waltham and later for General Cinema in Burlington, Natick, and Framingham. He was a member of Local 505, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Motion Picture Operators for over forty years.

Richard served with the United States Army and was a member of the Mahoney VFW Post on Dudley Street in Roxbury where he was also a member of the color guard. He was passionate about all things 'western', including movies, television and rodeos. He made it to fifteen National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to his wife, Eleanor, he leaves his son, Edward L. Eaton of Waltham; his grandsons, James M. Eaton (Lyndsay) and Eric P. Eaton; his great grandsons, Zachary, Alexander and Maxwell Eaton and several nieces and nephews.

Richard was the father-in-law of the late Robin "RJ" Eaton and the brother of the late Harry Eaton, Jr.

Family and friends will honor and remember Richard's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, September 27th, from 6 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Charles Borromeo Church, 51 Hall Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Eaton was such a nice man. Thinking of you all.

Posted by Sharon Lewis - Leominster, MA   October 24, 2018

Our sincere Colorado condolences to Eleanor and the Eaton family. We are grateful for many years of friendship with Richard and Eleanor, sharing our interests in rodeo, Westerns and Boston sports. We took part in functions at Las Vegas, LA, and Gene Autry, OK. Also, many a wonderful Chateau meal. Richard, you were as fine a gentleman as one could know. We'll miss you. Adios, friend. Look forward to when we're all back in the saddle on that great range in the sky.

Posted by Jim and Romella Ryan - Colorado Springs, CO - Friend   September 28, 2018

Dear Mrs.Eaton and Eddie-- how could you not love your Dad and husband every time he saw you he would make you feel like the most important person in the room-- I will miss his cowboy hat and his smile--love to you both --Mary Beth (Corbett) and Allan Fraser

Posted by Mary Fraser - Franklin, MA - Family Friend   September 27, 2018

Thanks to RJ and Eddy meeting and marrying I met you and your wife.
Can't thank you enough for the considerate, caring son you raised.
Please meet RJ now and continue the Eaton tradition of thoughtfulness
and love.

Jerri Verhoeven

Posted by Jerri Verhoeven - MI - Friend   September 25, 2018

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