Monday, November 18, 2019

In Memory of Roy Eaton – Author, Teacher, Coach…and Friend

Naples writer Roy Eaton passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Roy was a beloved teacher and coach for over 25 years. A talented writer and author, Roy was a valued contributor and dear friend to Coastal Breeze News and its staff.

During Roy’s “retirement” he wrote and published over 34 short stories, essays and editorials, and seven books. Roy was honored by the Florida Press Association with a Second Place Editorial Award for “Reclaiming Empowerment: How the American Voter Can Hold Congress Accountable,” which appeared in this paper.

Roy Eaton was born in New London, Connecticut on April 23, 1946. The town honored him for a lifetime of achievements, including his uniquely designed homes and innovative concepts.

Roy was a member of the St. Bernard Athletic Hall of Fame, the New York Military Sport Hall of Fame, and the New London Connecticut Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2006, Roy was awarded the lifetime achievement award in wrestling at the National Sport Achievement award gala held on Marco Island.

Coaching future Hall of Famer Rob Murphy at St. Bernard High School.

Roy attended the prestigious New York Military Academy in Cornwall, New York , where he received many awards, including the GFA Riley Sabre for leadership, compassion and understanding. In his senior year he was Cadet Captain.

During his years at the New York Military Academy, Roy formed a friendship with fellow cadet, President Donald Trump. The two formed a decades-long friendship, and President Trump endorsed two of Roy’s books, “Soldier Boy” and “Makers, Shakers and Takers.”

Roy received both Senator Dodd Sr. and Congressman St. Onge’s principal appointments to West Point.

Roy accepted a scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Military College where he majored in business administration. In his senior year he became the only student in the college’s history to be elected senior class president, student government president and brigade honor court president.

At Pennsylvania Military College, Roy was a member of the Pershing Rifles National Champion Drill Team and the wrestling team; was an officer on the Cadet Bridge Staff; received the David Wilson Memorial Sabre for Leadership and the Pennsylvania Military College Service Award; was named an outstanding member of the Corp of Cadets by the college president; and received the Military’s Distinguished Student Award. Infantry Magazine recognized Roy for his accomplishments.

Roy with his sister, Christina.

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