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Robert L. Watson


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Robert L. Watson Obituary
Robert L. Watson of Dover, DE, passed away in his home after declining health on May 4, 2014. Born on November 3, 1938 in Worchester MA, he was the son of the late Dr. Wilfred M. and the late Ruby Louise (MacNaughton) Watson.

Raised in Bedford, MA in the home of his grandparents, the late James H. and the late Ruby M. MacNaughton, Bob graduated from Concord (MA) HS in 1956 where he was a member of the track and gymnastics teams, then attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Over the years Bob earned numerous certifications in computer programming as he made his living in the computer industry while working with the US Government at the Pentagon and IBM, East Fishkill. He then worked for 30 years as a postal clerk, carrier, assistant Postmaster and at headquarters in Washington, DC installing computer systems.

Bob was a very active man and a life-long learner. He had many hobbies he became passionate about. He was never satisfied to simply spend a weekend or a few hours here and there on his interests. He always jumped in - hook, line and sinker - on a myriad of adventures including: gold mining, golfing, Thai Chi, wooden duck decoy carving, remote control airplane building and flying, wine making, hunting, hiking, running, competitive pistol shooting, archery and making his own ammunition. Some of his proudest achievements include running the New York City Marathon, hiking the Appalachian Trail, owning and flying his airplane and being a PGA pro golf instructor.

Bob is survived by his ex-wife, Susan (Taylor) Watson of Canton, NY; sons Robert B. (Libby Anderson) of Westhampton, MA, David M. (Donna) of Apex, NC and William A of Canton, NY; daughters Carol Ann (Joseph) Free of Bethlehem, PA and Melissa A of Scotia, NY. Grandchildren Caitlin Kashmanian, Erin and Jonathan Free, Dillon and Kyle Watson, Brian and Griffin Watson, Meghan, Emily and Jacob Watson. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him. His sisters Joan Beisel and Nancy Osborne, and a nephew David Beisel predeceased Bob.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation in memory of Bob to the . A memorial service in Bedford will be held at a later date.
Published in Dover Post from May 19 to May 25, 2014
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