Maurice A. Eaton, 80

 

Maurice Eaton

Maurice Eaton

SOUTH PORTLAND — Maurice A. Eaton, 80, of South Portland, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at his home with his loving family by his side.

Maurice was born in Portland on May 30, 1935, the son of the late Maurice F. and Gertrude D. (Flaherty) Eaton. He graduated from South Portland High School in the Class of 1953 and then enlisted and served in the United States Navy.

In January of 1957, he married Carole Ann Barbour and together they made their home and raised a family in South Portland.

Maurice has always been a hard worker, going to work for Maine Central Railroad at Rigby Yard at the age of 16 and working there for the next 18 years. He worked two years with Chase Transfer as a rigger/driver, a job that allowed him to travel all over the country. He ended his working career with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier. Maurice always had a strong work ethic, which he instilled in his children.

Although he worked long days, Maurice always made time for his family. His greatest love was the time he spent surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Maurice was predeceased by his wife, Carole Eaton on Aug. 28, 2013.

He is survived by three sons, Michael D. Eaton of Falmouth, James M. and Kevin P. Eaton, both of South Portland; a daughter, Maureen Pettengill of South Portland; a sister, Nancy Odum of Raymond; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours were held on Tuesday at the Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers were recited at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland. Burial with Military Honors followed at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Arrangements are under the direction of Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Homes. To view Maurice’s memorial page or to share an online condolence, please visit www.ctcrawford.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Holy Cross School, 436 Broadway, South Portland, ME 04106.

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