Waterford - Joseph F. "Jeff" Watterson Jr., 70, of Waterford, entered eternal life on Aug. 19, 2013, in the comfort of his loving family.
He was born Sept. 17, 1942, in New London, the son of the late Joseph and Mary (McGinnis) Watterson Sr. He attended local schools and graduated from New London High School and went on to receive a bachelor's degree from the University of New Haven. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was honorably discharged after many years of service.
He was united in marriage to the former Betty "BJ" Paul on Sept. 19, 1964, in St. Joseph Church. Mrs. Watterson survives him.
Mr. Watterson served for 40 years in law enforcement, first serving with the New London Police Department and later with the Waterford Police Department, retiring in 2003. Upon retiring from the Waterford Police Department, he served as a Judicial Marshall in the New London Court House and retired from the State of Connecticut Judicial Marshall Office.
He was a volunteer for the former Oxford Hose Co. Fire Department and volunteered numerous hours for the Women's Shelter in New London. He voluntarily maintained the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery on Rope Ferry Road in Waterford and was the founder of Gatekeepers Motorcycle Club.
Besides his beloved wife of 48 years, he was a devoted father to his three daughters, Kristy and husband, Warren Rooks, of Merrimack, N.H., Deborah and husband, Mac Lyon, of Groton, and Kerry Watterson of Groton. Left to cherish their Pop-Pop's memory are his two beautiful granddaughters, Mackenzie Elizabeth and Sydney Grace Lyon. His sister, Joann White of Old Lyme, also survives him along with his two nephews, Peter and Jason White.
Besides his family, Jeff will be sadly missed by numerous loyal and dedicated friends and his faithful buddy, Griffin. To say Jeff relished being in the wind riding his Harley or cruising in his Mustang would be an understatement to all who knew him.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 9 a.m. on Saturday and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Squire St. New London, with interment in St. Mary Cemetery.
Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home
84 Montauk Ave. New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on Aug. 22, 2013