Watt, Jr., Hamilton Wesley
Hamilton Wesley Watt, Jr, 67, of Sheboygan, passed into heaven on Friday, February 20, 2015, after a 3 year battle with cancer.
Wes was born in Cleveland, OH, on April 22, 1947, the son of the late Hamilton Wesley Watt and the late Jean Grace Baker Watt of Cleveland, OH.
His family moved to Connecticut in 1949, where he and his sister, Bonnie, grew up and where he developed his love of music and guitar. He attended New Canaan High School a year, but moved with his mother and sister back to Cleveland where he attended Lakewood HS. At 17 he joined a local band, The Bushmen, and moved to Los Angeles and began his lifelong career in the music of rock, country, others, and also learned to play drums, sitar and banjo with various bands, traveling all over the country. Around 1968 he partnered with Bill Lincoln as "Euphoria" and produced a well received album called "A Gift from Euphoria", released by Capitol records. It remains a highly rated cult classic from the '60s.
During the early '70s Wes moved to Northern MN and worked for a logging company and played in a band. He loved the northwoods. In Duluth he formed his own record label, Northland Records, and helped produce an album and successful single for a band called "Whiskey River".
Wes also served in the U.S. Army from 1979-1982 on Johnston Island and as an MP at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Upon his release from the Army he returned to Los Angeles in 1982 and joined a private Police Force in Bel-Air. But he then moved to Sheboygan at the invitation of his sister, with whom he lived at first.
Wes soon started an audio/visual business and videotaping weddings along with copying photographs onto videos. At that same time he purchased his final business, a bar on South 8th Street which he remodeled and proudly called "The Country Rose Saloon", where people could line-dance. Currently it's called The Vibez.
Wes is survived by his daughter, Amber Coral Watt of Willliamsburg, MA; her mother, Joan, of Los Angeles; his sister, Bonnie (Terry) Meikle, of Colorado Springs, CO; three nephews and one niece, and seven great-nephews and one great-niece.
Cremation was entrusted to Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls.
A private memorial with family and close friends is planned for Friday, February 27, 2015
Our family is so grateful for the love and care from Sharon A. Richardson Community Hospice. A donation to this loving ministry would be deeply appreciated.
Published by Sheboygan Press on Feb. 27, 2015.