Thursday, February 24, 2011

Eaton Estate - DEMOLISHED

Robert Wellington Eaton was born in St. Mary's on March 16, 1864, son of Robert Eaton, a brother of Timothy Eaton, founder of The Eaton Department Store.  

In 1891 he came to Toronto to accept a position in the T. Eaton Co.  RW was a worker Eaton and not an owner Eaton.  He had no ownership stake in the company.  He rose through the ranks eventually becoming a member of the Board of Directors and the company's Superintendant.  In addition to his city home on Farnham Avenue, and their Mimico Beach estate, he also had an estate in Muskoka.  He was very involved in sports and was an active member of the Granite Club, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, the Lambton Golf and Country Club, and the Parkdale Canoe Club.  He was also a member of the Canadian Club and the Board of Trade, which he served in an executive capacity, and was a Director of the Canadian National Exhibition.  He was a Director of the Standard Bank until its amalgamation with the Canadian Bank of Commerce in 1928.  

On May 2, 1930 he died at his Farnham Avenue home and was laid to rest in the Eaton Mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.  He was survived by his widow Lilly and his daughter Mildred.  He was predeceased by his daughter Margaret who died six years previously and a son who died in infancy.

Eaton sold his Mimico Beach estate to Theodore Pringle Loblaw in the 1920s.

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