Robert W. Deaton, retired diocesan director of Long Term Care, dies


Robert W. Deaton, 88, former director of Finance and director of Long-Term Care for the Diocese of Camden, died May 8.
A graduate of St. Aloysius Academy, West Chester, Pa.; Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill; and Rutgers University, Mr. Deaton served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radio operation on a PT boat in the South Pacific.
He was general manager of Kenney’s Restaurants in the late 1950s and 1960s, and later became the general manager of the Cherry Hill Lodge.
In 1964, Mr. Deaton was named the director of finance for the Diocese of Camden, and was one of the founders of NJANPHA, The New Jersey Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging, now Leading Age of NJ.
He spent the balance of his career as director of Long Term Care for the diocese and retired in 1997 after 33 years of service.
Mr. Deaton was an avid golfer and an ardent Notre Dame fan, and will be remembered as a quiet man that was respected and loved by all that met him.
He was the husband of 66 years of Dorothy (nee Fitzgerald); father of Robert W. Deaton, Jr., Dorothy Deaton-Young (Stuard) of Havertown, PA; brother of Elizabeth Bogucki of Elsmere, Del.; grandfather of Claire Young. He is also survived by his nephew Edmund Makel and his wife Charlotte, of West Deptford, and niece Patricia Fitzgerald of Haddonfield.
Mr. Deaton was a resident of St. Mary’s Catholic Home, Cherry Hill.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 13 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Moorestown. Entombment was at Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Condolences may be offered at