A dear sweet man has died, in the fullness of years after a good life. Arthur Eaton was the husband of my friend and dance teacher Carla De Sola, one of the great liturgical dancers and choreographers in this country and founder of the Omega West Dance Company and earlier, of the Omega Dance Company in New York. (That company is still alive and well at St. John the Divine Cathedral.) A retired social worker, Arthur was a merry soul and he adored Carla and always supported her work. I have fond memories of seeing him on walks with his dog Kelpie (an equally sweet soul) and also of his and Carla's presence at my annual Mardi Gras crêpes bash during my years in Berkeley. He died this past Saturday in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Carla has written friends to thank them for the outpouring of love and care from across the world on this sad occasion. Her letter continues: Your words, phone calls, visits, gifts of food, time and prayer have been unbelievably helpful as we come to terms with the earthly loss of this wonderful man - his spirit, of course, lives and dances.
Arthur's funeral will be held on Sunday, February 24th, at 4:00 P.M. at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Arthur asked that in lieu of flowers, he would appreciate contributions to the Omega West Dance Fund, Center for Religion, Arts, and Education (C.A.R.E.), 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709. Please contact Margaret Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the service.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory. And may his and Carla's many friends continue to surround Carla with love and care.