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Derek Alan Watson


Derek Alan Watson

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Derek Alan Watson, on October 29th 2020 in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, of renal and heart disease.

Derek was born in Edmonton, North London, England on August 8th 1931, the fourth son to parents, Ann Violet and Jack Watson.

After completing high school, he spent five years in the Royal Air Force in the Far East where his on and off teaching career began. Returning to England, he taught at Decca Navigator in London, winding up in Nova Scotia when they opened a branch in Halifax. He also spent several years on the DEW Line in the Arctic, worked as an engineer for EMI Cossar in Hammonds Plains, before setting off for the South Shore to establish and teach the Electronics program for 25 years at Lunenburg Regional Vocational School. Upon retirement he enjoyed his motorhome and summers in Shelburne County. He also enjoyed sailing on the Lahave and his cottage on Black Rattle Lake in Queens County.

Left to mourn, his wife of nearly 50 years, Carol (Sullivan); daughter, Erica Kiely (Brian); stepson, Bruce Goldsmith (Dorothy); stepdaughters, Heather Hirtle (Robert); JoAnne Conrad (David); grandchildren, Patrick Hirtle (Erin), Victoria Messervey (Mike), Timothy Goldsmith, Hunter and Violet Slevin; great-grandson, Thatcher Hirtle; children from a previous marriage, daughter, Jessica and son, Simon, their children and grandchildren and his pal, “Lady Bug”, the cat.

Thank you to the Palliative Care Team and VON for all the caring visits, helping to make Derek as comfortable as possible in those last few months. Also, thanks to our special friend, Glenn Russell, for all the help he gave us.

Memorial donations in Derek’s memory may be made to SHAID Animal Shelter or charity of your choice.

May knowing Derek continue to be a blessing to us all.

Please be advised that we are not able to receive memorial donations funds at this time due to COVID-19. Please inform the Family of your memorial contribution through our website. Your memorial donation payment may then be sent directly to a requested charity or charity of your choice.

SHAID Tree Animal Shelter
100 High St., Suite 138
Bridgewater Nova Scotia B4V 1V9
E-mail:[email protected]
Telephone: 902-543-4849

Please be advised that our business office is temporarily operating on limited hours to the general public until further notice. If you require a visit to our office, please call ahead for an appointment by phoning 902-624-8241.

Our Professional “At Need” and “Pre Need” Services continue to be available by appointment by calling 902-624-8241.

Throughout your daily lives, please practice “Physical Distancing” ... the length of a hockey stick away from each other. Nova Scotia continues to be under a health state of emergency. Wash your hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitizer if necessary. Wearing a mask and physical distancing is mandatory when visiting a public or private business or building. Do not touch your face, eyes or nose with your hands at any time. Above all ...BE SAFE, BE KIND, BE PATIENT.

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