Marvin L. Eatough

Marvin L. Eatough

August 7th, 1931 July 6th, 2019

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Obituary for Marvin L. Eatough

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.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 19th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Arlington
    5 Chestnut St.
    Arlington, Massachusetts
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    Friday, July 19th, 2019
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Trinity Baptist Church
    115 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Saturday, July 20th, 2019
  • Interment

    Pine Grove Cemetery - Kingston
    Address Not Available
    Northwood, New Hampshire
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Linda Garrish Thomas

I had hoped to join you all this evening but driving is not yet safe for me with a cement spacer in my shoulder and wearing a sling/splint. But once again, to all of Marvin's loved ones - he will be missed. He always had a welcoming smile and a kind word. Despite the disease that took him I know how much he will be missed. So many precious memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My final shoulder surgery is next week and thus I hope to see you all at the next Lowe family gathering.
Linda Garrish Thomas
Comment | Posted at 05:08pm via Condolence

Vivian Gustafson

Marvin was a fine man and I was honored to have known him. He will be missed. My condolences to Fran and the entire family.
Comment | Posted at 01:58pm via Condolence

Clifford Brown

In thanksgiving for a man who embraced life fully and gave back life to so many people in many different ways. Well done, good and faithful beloved of God.
Prayers along with many wonderful remembrances of Marvin, Fran and family.
The Brown family, Kathleen, Pamela & Clifford
Comment | Posted at 03:55pm via Condolence

Jean Holbrook

Praying for Sue and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Comment | Posted at 09:54am via Condolence

Linda Thomas

Dear Family of Marvin Eatough,
My deepest sympathy to you all with Marvin's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Having experienced a significant health scare this year I realize how precious every moment of life is and how precious our time is with those we love. Marvin was a gentle man. I always enjoyed his music and our chats at family holidays and events.
Linda Garrish Thomas
Comment | Posted at 11:45am via Condolence

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