Florence Mary Eaton McEachren 1919-2012

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  1. Thomas F. Smith says:

    I knew Florence very well. In 1987 I put together the photo directory for the Timothy Eaton Church. She and Frank were great in their support of my project, they just lived around the block. For about a year I had an office in the church, that had been Andrew Lawson’s, for former minister. Florence often dropped into to visit. I had access to Eaton scrapbooks, and put many of the pictures in the church directory. My front cover was a photo I took of TEMC at night – that still hangs in the building in the new atrium opposite Lady Eaton portrait. Her nephew John Craig also was a lot of help, and I was granted access to the Eaton Archives in Yorkdale. Sister-law Signy also came to visit one day, and had her picture take for the church directory. I moved from Toronto many years ago. I will always remember the many visits I had with Florence and Frank. Good people, devoted Christians.

  2. Lauren MacNeil, Sydney, Nova Scotia says:

    Thank you so much for posting this piece. After noting the obituary in the G & M today, I went looking for Florence on-line and found your essay. I have many memories of my family’s connections with the Eatons. My Great-Grandfather, William Dean, was a long-time vice-president at Eaton’s and had responsibility for building Eaton’s College St. He was in charge of the far-flung factories and travelled widely, thus treasures I own such as hand-worked crewel drapes from the Near East. My Grandmother always spoke with great reverence, and often, about the family, but of course, being born in 1896, placed her in their heyday. Apparently, William Dean was recruited early on by Timothy, because of a shared background coming from County Cavan in Ireland and the family stores, beginning in Dundalk.

    I hope Florence had a good life. I was very interested in your comments regarding what might have happened had she been able to take over the firm. I have always been glad that although my Grandmother lived til 93, she did not see the awful demise. How tragic that Florence did.

    Again, thanks, Lauren MacNeil

  3. Signy McEachren says:

    Thanks for the kind words. They are an accurate and thoughtful assessment of my mother.


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