Raymond- David P. (Dave) Eaton, 57, went home to be with the Lord on October 2, 2017. He was surrounded by his Aunt Gwen Hodgdon , whom he called his Mom and his cousin Rhonda McGall, whom he thought of as his sister. They cared for him and loved him and he loved & treasured them and they lived together as a family these past 35 years.
He was born on May 4, 1960 in Manchester, NH to Peter P. Eaton & Helen R. Eaton (Hodgdon). He lived most of his life in Raymond and was a member of the Raymond Baptist Church, a community that he truly loved & supported.
David was employed by Whispering Pines in Derry where he worked for 30 years as their "One of a kind" maintenance man. He made many friends at the park through the years as he built relationships through mutual trust, often helping others on his own time. He also worked for a time with Local Union 104, Hadco in Derry as well as working alongside his cousin-brothers Bill, Pete & Greg Bemis and Uncle Jr & Uncle Wilder Bemis.
He graduated from Raymond High School in 1981 and attended the Seacoast School of Technology. He pursued further education and received his certification in manufactured housing installation, NH manufactured & modular housing installation, natural gas & liquified propane gas equipment installation, and had his gas fitters license.
Most would say David could fix almost anything (except for that Stingray bicycle back in '74, lol) and he loved to work with his hands in woodworking & carpentry. His recent hobby was making puzzles with Aunt Gwen and gluing them to make wall hangings.
He loved spending time with those he cared about, including long chats with Bill or Jason, daily chats with his sisters and friends, breakfast with Uncle Zeke & other uncles & cousins, dinners with Tami & Michael Cole and all the many times he spent with other family members, there are so many…it is difficult to mention them all but you know the place you held in his heart as his relatives & friends. The world was a brighter place by the light he shined and the seeds of kindness he sowed…we were blessed to call him friend.
David did not have children of his own, but he excelled in his role as uncle, and his many nieces and nephews will forever be touched. He felt a special calling to take Harley under his wing, and his mentoring changed lives.
Devotion to his family was a high priority for David, moving in with his aunt & cousin to help make a better life for them all. David's health gave him many challenges, but you would never hear him complain. He overcame many obstacles by relying on his faith, family & friends. He always thought the best of everyone and went the extra mile to let us all know that he loved us. He worked hard each day and he said he wanted to die with a hammer in his hand and God granted him that.
David had 2 favorite cars, a red Camaro and a yellow Trans Am. Many stories could be told. Then he got a Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle and there were many road trips with Rhonda on the back and family & friends by his side. He also enjoyed his trucks, trading up every couple of years.
David always had a fun-loving attitude with just a pinch of mischief. Remember building forts with him as kids, the job site shenanigans, late night plowing, adventures in the Camaro and the list goes on! Oh how he will be missed.
But his life story would not be fully told if we did not mention his love for the Lord Jesus. He never went far without his Bible-always telling the Good News of Jesus to whoever needed to hear it. He was not afraid of his faith and he spoke the truth. He would often say that the influence of his Aunt Alice Bemis and her faith in our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ changed his life.
Family members include his Aunt Gwen, his cousin Rhonda, 5 sisters, Helen Eaton, Mona Lisa Eaton, Brenda Bergeron, Jackie Gagnon & Holly Eaton and 1 brother Andrew (Andy) Eaton, His niece Holly & James Bonnell and their sons James, Seth & Leo, His nephew Harley & Leah Davis and their daughter Haydyn, niece Heather Hanley & Joe and their daughter Lexi, nephew Heath Hanley and his son Riley, nephew Kevin Hafford and his daughter Bailey Lynn, niece Lisa Hafford and her sons Christopher, Caleb, Troy and Zachary, nephew Wayne & Jennifer Troumbley and son Zayne, niece Amanda Gagnon & her son Aeron Christopher & daughter Valerie, niece Jessica & Mark Bedwell and their son Michael & daughter Alyson, nephew Nicholas Eaton & many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his faithful Border Collie Hailey. He was predeceased by his Mom in 2002 and his Dad in 2013 and his nephew Kevin in 2011.
David was a guiding light and best friend. He is surely missed. Until we see you again….
A calling hour will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 4:00-5:00 PM at the Raymond Baptist Church, 145 Rt. 27, Raymond, NH.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM at the Raymond Baptist Church, 145 Rt. 27, Raymond, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Raymond Baptist Church, 145 Rt. 27, Raymond, NH 03077.