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Richard Emery Eaton, 70, of Granville, passed away peacefully Friday May 10, 2013, at Gifford Medical Center.
He was born in Randolph on April 17, 1943, the son of Maurice and Minnie (Boutwell) Eaton of Hancock. Richard graduated from Rochester High School in 1962. On August 29, 1970, he married Gilda Foley in Hancock and was married for 42 years. They made their home and raised their family in Granville. Richard started his own business in 1971, Richard's Auto body, in Granville. He also worked at Advanced Illuminations before retiring. Richard was a member of the Grange, Granville Fire Department and Valley Rescue Squad. Among his interests were mowing lawns, racing and John Deere tractors.
Survivors include one daughter, Julie (Eaton) Leonard of Braintree; two sons, Willis Eaton of Williamstown and Richard Eaton Jr. of Waterford; five grandchildren; two sisters, Rachel (Eaton) Longaway of Brandon and Marge (Eaton) Ross of Hancock; one brother, Maurice (June) Eaton of Hancock; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Maurice Eaton; his mother, Minnie Eaton; and his wife, Gilda (Foley) Eaton.
A graveside service will be held Friday, May 24, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Hancock Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495. Private online condolences can be left at www.dayfunerals.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Day Funeral Home in Randolph.