Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Nov 16, 1934 – Oct 1, 2013 (Age 78)


Friday, November 16th 1934
Tuesday, October 1st 2013
University of Minnesota


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Watson, Joel T.Of Jamaica Plain MA, died in the early hours of October 1, 2013 at the age of 78. While acute myeloid leukemia eventually took him, he amazed his medical team and delighted his loved ones by beating the odds in more ways than one. With the expert and caring attention of the...

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I only heard of Joel's death recently from a former colleague of mine at MDPH. He was such a kind and giving man when I worked for him back in the early 1990s. He is missed.

Dear Henia
We will always remember Joel's warmth and humor, and the generosity and love he showed to Mara, Diego and me, and especially to my mother, who adored him, as you know. Our hearts go out to you.


Dear Henia,
We are away and just found out about Joel's death. We are so sorry. We saw him right before we left and we were feeling hopeful because he was so upbeat about the success of his chemo. We send you our deepest sympathy and hope to see you when we return.
Sharryn & Jon

Thinking of him and his family at this sad time. I only met him once or twice, but heard such good things about him from my son Arthur, and am grateful for the friendship, wise counsel and mentoring example he graciously offered to others
In sympathy
Eliza Kimball

On behalf of the Boston Election Department, i extend my deepest sympathies to Joel's family. He served with great distinction as an election officer, and shared his wisdom and insights in helping us train new poll workers. he was a gentleman, and a gentle man! We were blessed to have known him! Geraldine Cuddyer

Dear Henia --

We are as shocked as we are saddened. Despite Joel's illness, he seemed as robust as ever. We will deeply miss his perpetual smile and humble demeanor. He was a wonderful neighbor -- and made us feel so very welcome in our new home. And with his judgment and experience, he taught us so much about the politics of the city. We will miss him sorely. Our hearts go out to you -- and the rest of the family.

Dear Henia,
Sending you all our comfort and prayers for the loss of your beloved Joel. I always enjoyed talking with Joel about our painful shoulders. He was an interesting man with the most beautiful blue eyes. Some people come in & out of our lives and briefly touch upon us; but Joel was always a lingering spirit & someone I always sought out. I will miss him sorely & am grateful for our friendship.
"Grieve Slowly, my friend, slowly". -- Buddha

I can't begin to say how we feel. We send our deepest warm thoughts and love to Henia and family. You know how much he was admired and loved by all who had the pleasure to meet and work with him.
Nancy, Tom and Jullieanne Doherty

A fine man, always a smile, always a good word.
He will be missed. Godspeed Joel you made a
difference. John Mannix