MERIDEN- LeRoy A. Watson, 66, suddenly entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, to be with his Almighty Father and his beloved wife, Yvonne.
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Born in Orangeburg, S.C., on Nov. 23, 1947, he was the son of the late Paul and Josephine Watson, of North Carolina. As a youngster, he attended Bridgeport Catholic Schools and was a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame High School, of Bridgeport. On July 19, 1968, he married the love of his life, Yvonne Cooper, of Meriden, and from this union they were blessed with two children, Lavone and Jayme. A proud alumnae of Hampton Institute, he received a bachelor of science degree and later received a master of science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. LeRoy enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. Upon honorable discharge from the army, he returned to Meriden and began his career in the insurance industry and the Meriden Community Action Agency, before retiring from the State of CT, Division of Special Revenue. A longtime parishioner at St. Joseph Church, LeRoy devoted many years to his community. He was president of the Meriden-Wallingford NAACP and the Inner City Athletic Association. He was also involved with the Police Athletic League, The Fraternal Brotherhood of Gamma Epsilon Theta, Inc., and a proud member of The Chi Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, The East Rock Lodge 141, The Knights of Columbus and many others, too numerous to mention.
Left to carry on his legacy are his daughter, Lavone; his son, Jayme and daughter-in law, Marie; two loving grandchildren, whom he adored, Mekhi and Aaliyah, all of Meriden; a sister, Nicola and brother-in-law, Reggie Joe, of Raliegh, N.C.; a niece, whom he cherished very much, Jacqui Hugee and her husband, Byron, of Blue Bell, Pa.; a dear friend, Lamont Aheart, of Vernon. LeRoy also leaves an aunt, Elaine Harris, of Delaware; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Cooper; sister –in- law, Janice Cooper Melvin; and a host of nieces, nephews; cousins, honorary children and many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his beautiful wife, Yvonne Cooper Watson. Leroy was a charismatic man, blessed with the gift of conversation and an exceptional sense of humor. He lit up a room with his smile and love for people. He will be dearly missed by all whose lives he touched.
The family would like to thank the Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and East Rock Lodge 141 for their support during this difficult time.
Calling hours will be held at St. Joseph Church on Monday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 22 Goodwill Ave., Meriden. Burial with military honors will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the LeRoy and Yvonne Watson Memorial Scholarship at St. Joseph School, 159 W. Main St., Meriden, CT 06451. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry and Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.jferryfh.com.
John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
88 East Main Street Meriden, CT 06450
Published in The Record-Journal on Feb. 22, 2014