Bruce Porter's Story
Mr. Bruce Porter Eaton, 90, of Danvers, beloved husband of Joan (Murphy) Eaton and the late Martha J. (Dragon) Eaton, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage, died Monday, February 13, 2017.
Born in Danvers, he was the son of the late Raymond and Ruth (Porter) Eaton. He was raised and educated in Danvers and was a graduate of Holten High School, Class of 1944. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Air Corp., he earned his Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Northeastern University.
Bruce was very proud of his service during World War II and worked to help other veterans as a member, Adjutant and Past President of the American Legion Post 180 of Danvers. He also was a member of the Veterans Council serving as Chairman, Danvers Veterans Memorial Fields Committee and the Permanent Memorial Committee. As a town meeting member he convinced the town to donate $25,000 to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., one of only two municipalities in the country to do so.
Mr. Eaton was employed as the Danvers Town Engineer and was then employed by the Pipe Division of Johns-Manville, first as a Sales Engineer for 13 years and District and Regional Manager for 14 years. He then worked for Thermal Pipe Systems and founded B.P.E. & Associates, until his retirement in 1999. Dedicated to his profession, he continued working as a consultant for CEC from 1999 until his passing.
A true Danversite, Bruce’s dedication to his community is illustrated by his service to the many committees to which he was appointed: the Planning Board, Water Filtration Committee, Sanitation Committee, Danvers Flagpole Committee, Refuse Revenue Task Force, Flood Hazard Insurance Committee, Board of Water & Sewer Commissioners for over 40 years, Balanced Growth Policy Steering Committee, South Essex Sewage-Citizen Advisory Committee, Beverly Airport Commission and the Route 128 Task Force.
Professionally, he was a member of the American Water Works Association, the N.E. Water Works Association and past President of the N.E. Water Pollution Control Association, a charter member of the Mass. Municipal Engineers, Boston Society of Engineers, American Academy of Environmental Engineers, the Mass. Water Works Association and charter member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Eaton was a longtime member of Amity-Mosaic Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Danvers, recently passing 65 years.
Active in Danvers politics, he was elected to the school committee and was currently the longest serving Town Meeting Member with over 50 years of service. He rarely missed a meeting and always did his homework to make the best decisions for his beloved Danvers. Bruce was a man of high moral values with a strong sense of family which motivated him in all of his activities.
He was named Citizen of the Year and twice chosen as Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade, quite a tribute to a dedicated man.
Mr. Eaton loved music, and as a talented Saxophonist, played in the Salem State Chamber Orchestra and the Leo Toiler band, among others. He was an active member of the Christian Science Church in Beverly. His grandchildren and their achievements were very important to him. He brought great joy to all around him and his legacy to his family, faith and community will be long felt.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 10 years, Joan (Murphy) Eaton of Danvers; his children, Janet Brown of Danvers, Bruce R. Eaton and his wife, Linda of Minneola, Fla., and Lois McKenzie and her husband, Bill of Danvers; his grandchildren, Martha Cummings and her husband, Al Sochard, Peter and Jennifer Cummings, Bruce Eaton and Alex Arvanities, Brian Eaton, Matt and Jessie Byrne, Lauren Byrne and Kristin and Justin Mercier; his great-grandchildren, Harrison, Olivia and Avery; his sister, Merle Dustin of New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Aldene Gordon and Nathalie Bray and father-in-law of the late Stanley Brown.
His funeral service will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), Danvers, Monday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Wadsworth Cemetery, Danvers. Visiting hours Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Legion Post 180, P.O. Box 2064, Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  February 16, 2017