John Leo Caton Sr., 85, of Woodford passed away May 11, 2017 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Leo was an entrepreneur who started Caton’s Automotive Repair in 1964 and Napa Auto Parts in 1978 both in Woodbridge. He was an avid outdoorsman, pilot, hunter, and farmer who loved his animals dearly. Leo is in God’s pastures now! He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, determination, a large extended family and a multitude of friends.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Caton; children James Caton, John L. Caton Jr. (Alicia), Robert Caton and Mary Caton Craddock (John Sr.); siblings Francis Thomas, Alice Caton, Robert Caton (Karen), Ruth Chun (Ken) and Maria Malicki; nine grandchildren Matthew Okonsky, Tony Cornwell (Shannon), Tyler Caton, Courtney Caton, Adam Caton, John Craddock Jr., Ryan Craddock, Ashley Craddock and Nathan Craddock; five great-grandchildren Yve, Viktor, Andrew, Jasmine and Ryleigh; and former wife Doris Caton.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A Mass of celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fredericksburg. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery in Manassas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities 1101 Stafford Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Tuesday May 16th, 2017
11:00am - 8:00am
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery
Wednesday May 17th, 2017
12975 Purcell Road
Manassas, VA 20112
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St. Mary Catholic Church
Wednesday May 17th, 2017
1009 Stafford Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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I just learned of Leo's passing and want to send my sincere condolences. Leo was a very sweet man that I enjoyed seeing often when I was younger. It has been many years since I have seen him but he will always be thought of fondly. Jim and Johnny, and others I am terribly sorry to hear. Lisa Long Robertson Bristow, VA
Submitted by Lisa Long Robertson on Apr 6 2018 10:51:01 AM
My father called him Leo, I always referred to him as Mr. Caton. In 1967 we needed our car fixed and someone recommended we take it to Mr. Caton. I was six at the time and saw how well he treated my mother and father. He was an honorable and honest man and always treated my family fairly. His legacy continues as we enjoy a business relationship with Caton's Auto Repair to this day, 50 years later. My sincerest condolences to the Caton family. Having lost my father less than a month ago I feel I have some idea what you might be feeling. May you find peace through your faith and with the understanding that he is in a far better place, and that one day you will have the pleasure of being with him again.
Submitted by Geoff Brown on May 25 2017 10:50:54 PM
I met Leo last year while assisting him as his realtor with the purchase of a rental property in Milford. I just found out about his passing today and I am quite saddened. Leo was one of a kind and I was very blessed he crossed my path. He called me at Christmas time and I enjoyed our conversation. He was very thoughtful and a very special person. In our last conversation, he teased me about whether I had ever taken my husband to breakfast because I'd promised my husband breakfast one morning but instead I had to meet Leo to get paperwork signed. At this teasing, I told him "no" that I hadn't taken him to breakfast yet. I wanted to invite Leo and his wife to share breakfast with me and my husband one morning, but I waited too long, which is truly my loss.
To Leo's family, I'm sorry I was unable to come to the family night and send you my condolences in person. He was a very special man and I was honored to have known him. Please know that he touched me and out of all my real estate clients, he's one of my favorites.
Submitted by Anne Corbin on May 21 2017 07:45:57 PM
Leo you were a king. U brought 5 amazing kids into this world. U touched the hearts of many.
I thank u for all the jokes, for all fun times taking down trees in the big machines and the rides in the dumptrucks. Thank u for the dinners at Angelas restaurant and the fun filled flyins.
Johnny not only lost his dad, but he lost his best friend. Only the lord knows why he called u up. Maybe he needed a farmer, maybe he needed a private pilot or maybe he needed a real estate advisor. Haha. U were great at them all. But most of all, maybe he just needed u.
The family lost its king, but the lord gained an angel.
Submitted by ALICIA MARTINI on May 17 2017 11:42:40 PM
Leo was a friend to all he met and the Caton family should all be proud to have had such strong guidance from a great man. A life well lived - rest in peace Leo. My sincerest condolences to Bobby and the whole Caton family.
Submitted by Drew Lowry on May 17 2017 11:32:03 AM
Leo made me feel like I was a member of the Caton family from the first time I met him and was a great friend and mentor. I wil miss his humor and friendship and hope that we can all live up to the high standards that he set for us all. God Bless You Leo Caton.
Submitted by John Murphey on May 17 2017 09:21:19 AM
We were ten, now we are four. I know you are up there with Dad, Mom, our other siblings, "Bub", "Sis", and Agnes, having a great reunion. In a way, I felt a bit jealous knowing you are with them. I also know that some day we will all be together again, as Mom used to say we're just "one big happy family". After starting to work, and I got a look at the real world, I told Mom, she and Dad didn't do us any favors because the world we grew up in was rose colored, at least for me and I'm sure I'm not the only one of us who found this to be true. What fun we had at the dinner table, poor Mom and Dad, don't know how they put up with us, they were truly saints. Thank you for being my brother. It will be hard sitting at the dinning room table at family gatherings and seeing the head of the table void of you. My dear brother, I will never stop loving you. Give the rest of our "gang" a big hug - until we meet again. Alice
Submitted by Alice Caton on May 16 2017 11:54:21 PM
Although,me and my son joseph only knew Leo for a couple of years we were truly touch by him. He was kind hearted and never seemed bothered when we called him for advise. He was always there for us and it has been a blessing to have known him. Our hearts and our prayers go out to his family,
Submitted by Kirk snelling on May 16 2017 07:55:09 PM
Sorry for your families tremendous loss of a great man. Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you.
The Twiford Family
Submitted by Jim & Yulonda Twiford on May 16 2017 05:35:25 PM
Leo was a man whose integrity and strength of character shined through to anyone who had the pleasure of looking him in the eye. He never lost the lessons of the depression and saw hard work as a gift not a chore. My wife and I still smile when we think of his statement that "the best thing about being in business for yourself is that you can work all you want. Nobody can ever send you home." He epitomized all the best of The Greatest Generation.
Anne and I will hold him and all the family in our hearts during this difficult time.
Submitted by Tom and Anne Kreutzer on May 16 2017 12:50:11 PM
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