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Richard Earl Watson

1930-2012 Richard Earl Watson of State Rd, Great Barrington died Monday January 7, 2013 of complications of heart and lung problems at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

Richard was born on August 18, 1930 in Elmira, N.Y., to Leman and Evelyn Mitchell Watson. He attended Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights graduating in 1948 and Rutgers University 1956-1958 receiving a business degree. He proudly served his country during the Korean War with the U.S Army, 7th Army Medical Surgeons Office in Stuttgart, Germany. He moved to Horsehead, NY in 1954 and to Great Barrington in 1958. Richard worked at Dairylea from 1954 to 1969, owned the coffee shop from 1969 to 1985 and the Mountain View Motel 1985 to 1999.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church for over 50 years, former member of the Lions Club and Kiwanas, he was a member of the Cincinatus Lodge where he had been past master and secretary for 21 years, past member of the Monument Chapter R.A.M where he had been past high priest and secretary, past district deputy, past grand king, Member of the Royal and Select Masters Berkshire Common Day and the Melha Shrine.

He was predeceased by two brothers Gerald and Blair Watson and one sister Sylvia Gillis.

Richard is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Somogyi) Watson of 59 years whom he married on September 16, 1953 in Stuttgart, Germany, four daughters Nora Richardson of Great Barrington, Rosemary Dill of Centerville, N.Y., Margaret DelGrande and husband Mike of Housatonic and Christine Columbie and husband Greg of Center Conway, N.H., two brothers Frederick Watson of Adirondacks, N.Y., and William Watson of Zephyr Hills, Fla., one sister Kathleen Siglin of Horseheads, N.Y., and five grandchildren Elizabeth Richardson, Kevin Dill, Michelle and Marc DelGrande and Lauren Columbie.

Per Richards wishes there are no calling hours and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Richards's memory may be made to Shriners Hospital in Springfield, S.B.V.A.S or Fairview Hospital in care of BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 SOUTH STREET GREAT BARRINGTON MA 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 9, 2013
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