Shane Donald Eaton, 49, of Bethel, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Danbury Hospital following a three-year-long battle with stage four lung cancer.
Born in Bridgeport on March 31, 1970, Shane was raised in Newtown by his parents, John Eaton and Ruth (Chapin) Eaton, both of whom preceded his death after battling pancreatic cancer.
Shane is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Sonia (Mabugat) Eaton; his two strong sons, Donovan and Jonathan Eaton; his brother, Chad Eaton, his brother’s wife, Kristen (Zailskas) Eaton, and their children, Katherine and Jack Eaton; his sister-in-law, Elenita (Mabugat) Rios, her husband, Ric Rios, and their daughter, Isa Rios; along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Growing up, Shane had a fervid passion for baseball and played all throughout middle school and high school. His prowess as a pitcher ultimately led to him playing collegiately at Naugatuck Community College, where he would receive his Associates Degree in Accounting, as he was also a gifted mathematician. After college, he worked in customer service for NAPA Auto Parts Fair Auto Supply, serving the people of Newtown even during his three-year battle. His family and friends (of which there were many) knew him as a strong, stoic, and selfless man who never once complained about his situation and only cared about giving back to others.
Per Shane’s wishes prior to his passing, there will be no wake or funeral services. There will only be a memorial gathering with family and close friends for a later time to be determined.
The family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the supportive team of doctors and nurses that gave their best efforts to treating Shane and aiding him in his battle.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be humbly accepted through “Cancer Sucks — Shane Eaton” at gofundme.com.
May he be at peace with his Lord in Heaven, as it has been commanded, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28 NIV.
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