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Kenneth Heaton

Kenneth A. Heaton

Sunday, February 18th, 1923 - Monday, June 8th, 2020
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Kenneth Arthur Heaton, died peacefully on Monday Jun 8th, 2020 in Dover, NJ. He was 97 years old.

Born to Arthur J. Heaton and Agnes V. Concilio in Dover, NJ on February 18, 1923, Mr. Heaton graduated Dover High School in 1940. He went on to Blair Academy, then continued his studies at Manhattan College and later, Columbia University, graduating in 1947 with a M.A. Degree. During his high school and college career he was an accomplished athlete, excelling in football, baseball and wrestling.

During World War II, Mr. Heaton enlisted in the United States Air Corps, serving in the European Theater of Operations in the 9th Air Force from 1942 to 1945.

After graduating from college, he became the Superintendent of Recreation for the Town of Dover. In this capacity, he was instrumental in organizing the Commission’s Parks and Recreation program.

In the late 1960’s he began his employment with the Morris County Park Commission as Assistant Director. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the acquisition and development of several green acres parks, golf courses, campgrounds and lake areas. Most notably, Mr. Heaton oversaw the development of the Mennen Arena and the Morris County Cultural Center. The 1985 USGA Women’s Public Links Golf Tournament was among the many activities conducted by the Commission.

He enjoyed all sports and was an avid golfer. The highlight of it was the time spent golfing with his friends and sinking a rare the hole in one in early 2000. He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., Kiwanis Club (Elks) and the East Dover Field Club. Mr. Heaton was a parishioner at the Sacred Heart Church in Dover.

He is survived by his wife Joan P. (Lavender) Heaton; his sons, Kenneth Jr. of Hopatcong and his wife Cynthia and Anthony of Essex Fells and his wife Joanna; beloved grandsons, Anthony and Alexander. Mr. Heaton is also survived by his two sisters, Marilyn and Joan of Jefferson Township, along with their children Kevin and Kathleen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the St. Mary’s Abbey, 230 Mendham Rd. Morristown, NJ 07960.

Funeral Services are entrusted to Shook Farmer Funeral Home Roseland, NJ. A Memorial Service will be offered at a later date. Please visit for updated service information.
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In loving memory of "Grandpa" Heaton. We have many fond memories of what a wonderful person, father & grandpa you were. You will ever be forgotten.
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Posted at 02:52pm
I read about Kenneth's death in the Star Ledger. I am so sorry for your loss. Death of a loved one is very distressing even if the person is elderly or sick. The Bible teaches us that death was not part of God's original plan. He wanted man to live forever, in perfect health, on a paradise earth. Man disobeyed God and brought about sin and death to the human race. God's plan will still be realized. Isaiah 55:11 states, "So my word that goes out of my mouth will be. It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight. It will have sure success in what I send it to do." The Bible talks about a resurrection of those who have died. (Acts 24:15, John 5:28, 29) The Bible account in John 11:1-44 details a resurrection Jesus performed and which gives us the certainty that the resurrection of our loved ones will occur. The word resurrection in the Bible literally means "a standing u again" and "revival of the dead". The provision for resurrection of the dead is a magnificent expression of God's undeserved kindness. It displays his wisdom and power and is a means by which his original purpose regarding the earth and humans will be carried out. There is a wealth of hope and knowledge we can gain from reading the Bible. Sincerely, Paula

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Fax: 973-228-9741
(973) 226-1111 Shook-Farmer Funeral Home
45 Roseland Avenue
Fax: 973-228-9741
(973) 226-1111 Shook-Farmer Funeral Home
45 Roseland Avenue
Fax: 973-228-9741