Obituaries

Russell H. Watson

July 14, 1925 - May 9, 2014

Age 88, of Lake St., Perry, died peacefully at his home on May 9, 2014.

He was born July 14, 1925 in Warsaw, son of the late Lloyd and Myra Holmes Watson. Russ was a proud veteran of the US Navy having served during World War II. He was a graduate of the Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. Following his education, Russ worked at the Eaton Funeral Home in Perry for 20 years. He then purchased the funeral home in 1967 and owned and operated Eaton-Watson Funeral Home for over 25 years. In his retirement Russ continued to serve families with the Harmon-Watson Funeral Home in Castile and the Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home in Warsaw. Russ was a true professional who gave his all to the families he served and to his community. He was a past member of the Rochester Genesee Valley Funeral Directors Association and the New York State Funeral Directors Association.

Russ served on the Perry Town Board for many years and was a former longtime member and past President of the Perry Rotary Club. He was also a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Perry and was a member of the Constellation Lodge Free & Accepted Masons in Perry for over 50 years. Russ was an Eagle Scout, an avid golfer and a former member of the Silver Lake Country Club.

Russ was predeceased by his beloved wife, Norma who died in 2006 and by his beloved son, Gerald Watson who died in 2007.

Surviving are his children, Douglas (Kathy) Watson of Bedford, TX, Nancy (Sam) Monteleone of Perry, David (Debbie) Watson of Charleston, SC, Patricia (Ray) Bzduch of Perry, Greg (Missy) Watson of Perry; 12 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren. He was the grandfather of the late Christopher Watson and brother of the late Chester Watson.

Friends may call Tuesday, May 13 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 at the Harmon-Watson Funeral Home, 35 N. Main St., Castile. Russ’ funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 14 at 11 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Perry. Burial with military honors will follow in West Perry Cemetery. A veterans service will be held Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home followed by a Masonic service at 6:45 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Honor Flight Rochester, Inc., PO Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692 or the First United Methodist Church of Perry, 35 Covington St., Perry, NY 14530.

Important Dates

May 13, 2014 : Calling hours for Russell H. Watson - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

May 13, 2014 : Veterans service and Masonic service for Russell H. Watson - 10:30 PM

May 13, 2014 : Calling hours for Russell H. Watson - 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM

May 14, 2014 : Funeral service for Russell H. Watson at the First United Methodist Church, Perry - 3:00 PM

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May 17.14 from Betty White:
Norma, Russ, J.N. & I enjoyed many wonderful times together. They were a very special couple. Betty White

May 15.14 from Jean & Dennis Vanelli:
Nancy and all of you, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful man and I'm sorry I didn't get to the funeral home. I will never forget his kindness when my dad died and Wayne Morris. He truly had a gift with people and he will be missed. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

May 15.14 from Sue Spellicy:
So sorry to hear about Russ' passing. Was out of town for the week and could not make calling hours. God bless Russ and family!

May 13.14 from Steve Johnson:
Words cannot express the sadness I feel in my heart at the news of Russ' passing. I have very fond memories of Russ working around the funeral home in Warsaw. I wish I could have made it to calling this evening. Please accept my deepest condolences.

May 13.14 from Bill and Rene Schofield:
WE are so sorry to hear of your loss. We thought the world opt Russ as did everyone who knew him. A greAT ROLE MODEL and will always be in our prayers.

Bill and Rene Schofield

May 13.14 from Ruth and Scott Elwell:
Nancy & Sam, Greg & Missy, Patty & Ray -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family in this time of loss. Your dad was a special man, and we are thankful we were blessed to know him.

May 13.14 from Barbara Parker Hotchkiss:
My sincere sympathies to the entire Watson family. Russ was a most gentle and kind gentleman. He will be greatly missed. May he be at peace now.

May 12.14 from ken curry:
russ will be missed; he was a great man;who knew what to say and when;the confort he showed my wife and i when we lost our baby;and knowing him as a friend;always being there when you needed him and seeing with the other vets and at the coffee shop;perry will miss him well

May 12.14 from Bonnie Bowman:
I was so sorry to hear of Russ' passing. We had such interesting conversation when he brought Oliver over for his bath. Rus was always very kind to me and such a gentle man. He will be missed by many. Cherish the memories of him and the comfort they will bring you.
With sympathy,
Bonnie Bowman

May 12.14 from Pam and Bill Wallum:
Doug, Nancy, Party, Greg and anyone else I've forgotten. I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. It seems like I have known him my whole life. Always such a kind man to everyone. I have precious memories of him being there during rough times in my life. Your Dad was a perfect gentleman and so kind to everyone who knew him. Hee will be sadly missed.
My love to all of you,
Pam Longhine-Wallum

May 12.14 from Jane Fancher Stephens:
On behalf of the Fancher Family, I would like to extend our sympathy to all of you. Russ was a gentle man and a gentlemen, he was so kind to our family thru the years. RIP RUSS.