on November 5, 2013 - 12:44 AM
Jan. 19, 1953 – Oct. 24, 2013
James A. “Scooter” Eaton Jr., an owner and chief financial officer of Eaton Office Supply, the biggest independent office supply company in the region, died Oct. 24 in his Williamsville home after a short struggle with cancer. He was 60.
Mr. Eaton, whose grandfather founded the business in 1915, also was an executive in three of Eaton’s divisions. He was chief financial officer of Prentice Office Environments, a commercial office and design firm, and Office Furniture Center, and was a board member of BGI Interiors, a millwork and custom fabrication shop.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1971 graduate of Amherst Central High School and was the fourth generation of his family to attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
An accountant, he earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo in 1976, then worked for Price Waterhouse before joining the family business.
Mr. Eaton had been treasurer of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York since 2008 and worked closely with the Diocesan Council and the trustees of the diocese. He played a major role in plans to renovate the diocesan offices and served on the Diocesan Ministry Center board since 2011.
A parishioner at Calvary Episcopal Church, Williamsville, he was a past warden and treasurer, and served on numerous committees.
He had been a director of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation since 1981 and a board member of Gateway-Longview since 2007.
An avid golfer with two holes-in-one to his credit, Mr. Eaton was a past president of Park Country Club and played in the club’s three-day golf tournament every year since 1972. He and his longtime tournament partner, Horace Gioia, won in 2009.
He volunteered with the Family Justice Center, Friends of Night People, Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers. He coached youngsters in soccer and baseball in the Central Amherst Little League.
He also was a member of the Shared Decision-Making Team for Williamsville Central Schools.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Norine Hibschweiler; two sons, Tim and Mark; a daughter, Alana; his mother, Jeanne; three brothers, Bruce, H. Scott and Robert; and two sisters, Norma Sgranfetto and Lynn Schneider.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville.