Richard E. Caton
June 7, 1938 – January 23, 2019
The Port Orange community suffered a significant loss this January when we lost our patriarch Richard E Caton at the age of 80.
The worth of one’s life can be measured in many ways. Success in business is indeed one. Mr. Caton achieved that. However, those of us who knew him well can attest to his worth in other ways. He was kind and generous. He had empathy for others. He certainly loved his family unconditionally and genuinely cared for his friends. Those of us who saw him each and every day for many years saw these traits. Above all else, Richard Caton was a good man. His was a life well lived. I cannot express how much he will be missed. -Sarah Bullus
These words echoed many sentiments in our community upon hearing of the loss of Mr. Caton. After almost a lifetime in the Port Orange area and a servant to it both professionally and personally, we pay homage to the man who set the precedence for the Caton Hosey Insurance Company we are today. In 1959, Mr. Caton took over the then Caton Insurance Agency from his father. For the next thirty years until his retirement in 1990, Mr. Caton continued the growth of the agency laying deep roots in the Port Orange area and expanding to the building on Nova Road in Port Orange that we still call home.
Richard was very much involved in the community, serving as The South Daytona -Port Orange Chamber President and was the head of the Planning Board for the community as well in the 70 and ’80s.
Thoughts from President and CEO Port Orange-South Daytona Chamber Debbie Connors: “Richard Caton was a business leader in Port Orange, serving as President of the Port Orange South Daytona Chamber from 1980 to 1982. During his leadership, the Port Orange Chamber officially became the Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce. He represented the business community on the Port Orange Planning Commission, as well as many committees and boards over his years as CEO of Caton Insurance. His children, Rex, and Lora Caton followed in his footsteps and also became active in the Port Orange business community. Richard will be missed by all of us who enjoyed his infectious smile and wonderful sense of humor.”
If you would like to celebrate the life of Mr. Caton, please consider donating to the charity that was near to his heart: Florida United Methodist Children’s Home at allchildrenfirst.org., 51 Main St., Enterprise, Fl 32725. The mission of The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home is to empower children and families to experience God’s love and care as revealed in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Pat, his Son Rex Caton, Daughter in law, Barbara, Daughter Lora Caton and his Grandchildren Allie, Dallas and Donovan Caton.