Marvin Lowell Eatough, of Somervillle, passed peacefully on July 6, 2019 at the age of 87 after a long illness. Loving husband of 58 years to Frances (Lowe). Son of Rev. H. Campbell and Thelma Eatough. Father of David of Revere, Susan and Kevin Laudermilk of Plymouth, Brian and Elaine (Cope) of Somerville and Michael and Bridget (Flynn) of Fairhaven. Grandfather of Rebecca and Hannah Laudermilk of Plymouth and Rachel and Samantha Eatough of Somerville. Brother of Anthea Smith of Dover, NH, John and Marie Eatough of West Yarmouth, H. Campbell Eatough Jr. (deceased) and Thelma Viera of Dennisport. Brother-in-law to Ernest (deceased) of Cambridge, Russell (deceased)and Joy Lowe of Andover and Ronald and Judy Lowe of Lunenburg.
Marvin’s father was a Baptist minister and Marvin spent his formative years in Westerly, RI before moving to Cambridge, MA when his father became pastor at First Baptist Church in Cambridge. Marvin’s mother knew that he was a true musician and insisted that he practice the piano and organ regularly. After high school, Marvin attended the New England Conservatory of Music for a year. Following that he worked many different jobs, while playing the organ part time at First Baptist. It was at First Baptist that he met Frances (Lowe), his wife of 58 years. Frances arranged his first professional job as a musician -teaching piano to some children from the church. Later, a friend of Frances’ recommended Marvin for the position as organist at Our Lady of Pity Church in Cambridge (The French Church). Marvin felt that God didn’t care about denomination and served faithfully as choir director and organist at Our Lady of Pity for 39 years, and later at St. John the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception Churches in Cambridge and St. Ann Church in Somerville and also as musical director at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, for 49 years.
Right Worshipful Marvin L. Eatough was a dedicated Mason. He was Member and Organist of his mother lodge, Amicable Lodge, Cambridge for over 50 years, Grand Organist of the Grand Lodge for 25 years and Member and Organist for numerous other Massachusetts Masonic lodges and chapters. He was also a member of the Aleppo Shriners and a
proud member of the Mayflower Society.
In his free time, Marvin enjoyed card games, crossword puzzles, telling very bad jokes, and teasing his wife. He also loved to spend time at the family’s summer cottage in Northwood NH where he enjoyed fishing, taking walks and planning his next project. He was particularly proud of a stone wall he built to surround his butterfly garden. He was proudest of his children and grandchildren and thrilled that he was able to provide a beautiful place for family to come together.
Wake Friday, July 19, 4-7pm at Keefe Funeral home, 5 Chestnut St., Arlington. Service 9am Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church, 115 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, followed by interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Northwood, NH.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children -Boston, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.