George F. Eaton Jr., a former commodore of the Darien Boat Club and chief jewelry designer for Tiffany & Co., died Friday, March 30. Mr. Eaton, 91, was the husband of Juanita Eaton.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1921 to George and Kathleen Eaton, he attended East Tech High School and the Detroit School of Design. He was a Freemason.
Mr. Eaton enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps in 1942 and served during World War II in England. He returned to the U.S. in 1944 and married Juanita Weber in May 1945. After his discharge in 1946, they moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio and then to New York City, where he worked for Tiffany Jewelers for eight years and became the chief designer.
Upon leaving Tiffany, Mr. Eaton started his own design consulting business and established several jewelry companies, the last of which was Larre Jewelers in New York City where he designed custom jewelry for Tiffany, Cartier, Kurt Wayne and other fine jewelers.
Mr. Eaton was an avid sportsman, his family said, he played hockey as a youth, coached all three sons and served as the president of the North Jersey Pee Wee hockey league.
Upon moving to Connecticut in 1964, he joined the Darien Boat Club, where he served in all officer positions and was Commodore from 1975-77. He was an ardent fisherman who taught all of his children and grandchildren to fish.
A a world traveler with Mrs. Eaton, she was his lifelong dance partner both on and off the ice skating rink, their family said. Upon his retirement Mr. Eaton took up several hobbies. He was a prolific painter, maker of miniature doll houses and a wood carver. “George had a wonderful sense of humor, always had a smile for everyone, loved to dance to swing, and loved to fish,” his family said.
Besides his wife of 66 years, Mr. Eaton is survived by his sons, Geoffrey Eaton and wife Abby, Matthew Eaton and wife Seonaid, Eric Eaton and wife Rose; grandchildren, Garret and Lena Eaton, Kyle and his fiancé Crystal, and Jon; Michael, Jessica and husband Bryan Robinson, Jennifer and husband Michael Hier, Christopher and his fiancé Pam, Kevin; and great-grandchildren, Parker and Chase.
Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Eaton’s name to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607-1460.