Douglas WATSON
1932 - 2020
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WATSON, Douglas F. a native and longtime resident of Greenwich, CT, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2020 in Brandon, FL at the age of 88. Mr. Watson attended the University of Connecticut where he studied Physical Therapy and played on the basketball team. He enjoyed calling square dances and worked as a soda jerk in-between studies. Before graduating in 1956 he met his wife to be, Theresa E. Futie. The two married and had five children. Mr. Watson had a successful practice as a Physical Therapist in Greenwich, CT for many years. He was a sports enthusiast and avid golf, tennis, and paddle ball player. Occasionally he would volunteer his time by calling square dances and treating patients in nursing homes. In 1976 Watson married Claire Iantorno of Port Chester, NY. After retiring to St. Petersburg, FL in 1992, Mr. Watson re-instated his Physical Therapy License and again volunteered his time. He also volunteered at his local parish, driving the church van to help bring parishioners to and from church. Mr. Watson was an Ombudsman for residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. His focus was for the best interests, personal rights, health, safety and welfare of the residents. If you met Mr. Watson, you were most likely greeted with "let me give you My Card". Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Claire Watson; his son, Douglas B. Watson of Lighthouse Point, FL; his daughters, Maria Payton of Dover FL, and Melissa Watson of Lake Worth, FL; his sister, Marcelle Sherwood of Lake Worth, FL; four stepchildren; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. Watson was predeceased by his son, John Watson of Boca Raton, FL; and daughter, Susan Strazza of Cedar Creek, TX. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
REST IN PEACE DAD, YOU WILL BE MISSED XOXO
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Maria
Daughter
November 22, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
November 22, 2020
Marcelle, please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of Doug. A great loss to the family. Doug was my cousin, my friend, my Physical Therapist and the Caller at many of the Square Dances I attended around Greenwich so many years ago! As we all know, Doug was a very special guy and will always be remembered in the best possible way. God's peace to you and all the family.
Peggie Watson
Family
November 20, 2020
Our thoughts are with you all on the loss of your Dad. Our fondest memory is having him call square dancing at Cos Cob fire house after the Christmas Hayride. Simpler times that we both cherish. Love to you all.
Michael and Sharon Rutledge
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