Bangor man found dead remembered as conscientious worker, avid sports fan

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
John H. Eaton
John H. Eaton

BANGOR, Maine — The 51-year-old Bangor man who was found dead Tuesday evening after having been reported missing by his family is being remembered this week as a hard worker and an avid fan of New England pro sports teams.

A resident of Husson Avenue, John H. Eaton Jr. died Monday, according to his obituary. He was found dead Tuesday night after a Bangor Gardens resident reported finding a deceased male in the woods between Knox Avenue and the Bradford Commons apartment complex, Bangor police Sgt. Catherine Rumsey said at that time in a news release.

Rumsey said the witness recalled seeing a man fitting Eaton’s description after police had released information regarding his disappearance on Tuesday afternoon. The witness followed some footprints into the trees and located Eaton’s body.

Eaton, who grew up in Bangor and attended local schools, was last seen by his family on Sunday and was reported missing on Tuesday. Eaton reportedly had a medical condition and had been without his medication for two days by that time. In addition, Eaton’s employer reported that he had not shown up for work for two days, which was usual behavior for Eaton.

The cause of Eaton’s death has yet to be determined, a spokeswoman from the state medical examiner’s office said Wednesday. Autopsy results are pending toxicology testing and are not expected to be final for several months.

According to Eaton’s obituary, he was an avid fan of New England sports teams, chief among them the Boston Bruins. Other interests included building model planes and rockets and travel.

At the time of his death, Eaton had worked at the Goodwill Store on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor for at least a decade.

“He was a sales associate there and did some great things within customer service,” Ken Christian, senior director of communications for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, said Wednesday.

“He did a lot of store set up. At the end of the day, he’d clean up the dressing rooms and return things to the racks and help set up the retail space,” Christian said, adding that Eaton was remembered as a conscientious employee. Coworkers were worried when he went missing.

“We were so hoping for a different outcome,” Christian said, adding, “It’s a sad day. He’s been part of our lives for quite some time.”

A service celebrating Eaton’s life is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service at 299 Union St. in Bangor. Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. until the service begins.

 

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