Donald Watson

Donald Albert Watson

Wednesday, February 14th, 1940 - Sunday, October 6th, 2019
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Watson, Donald Albert (Retired Teacher)
Suddenly at Trillium Health Care, Mississauga Hospital on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the age of 79. Beloved husband of Judith (nee Carr). Dear father of Brenda Watson, Bonnie Helps (Gary) and Andrew. Cherished grandfather of Lauren, Elizabeth, Jordan, Katie. Predeceased by his parents Elsie & Basil Watson and siblings David and Margaret (Lewis Stokes). Remembered by his brother-in-law John Carr (Marilyn). Don will also be greatly missed by other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. (with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m). Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to Tweedsmuir Presbyterian Memorial Church or Habitat for Humanity would be appreciated by the family.

A tree will be planted in memory of Don in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, October 11th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Orangeville, On L9W 2C8
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 11:00am
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Orangeville, On L9W 2C8
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Hansel Chen
  • Interment

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 12:00pm
    Greenwood Cemetery
  • Reception

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Dods & McNair Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On L9W 2C8
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Private Condolence

Sylvia Peckham

Posted at 01:08pm
There's nothing left to say. Tony Murphy said it all. Its all so true. Our loving thoughts are with the Watson family.
We will never forget.
From Sylvia Peckham.

Marybeth Freele

Posted at 12:46pm
Dear Judy, My sincere condolences to you and your family in your time of sorrow.
Don will be greatly missed.
I sincerely enjoyed your friendship while in training @ Vic & will always remember the night you & I went to the show before the exam next day, & we aced it ! With love, Marybeth/Doherty Freele/ Duffy .

Steve Schinniman

Posted at 11:51am
I can remember Don always having a jovial smile and good advice for me when I had him working on my home on Burbank Crescent in Orangeville. Also had lots of tales to tell me over the years I’ve known him. He will be missed.

Tony Murphy

Posted at 11:13am
It started in high School, he was Mr. Watson then, and as I grew older many years later it eventually became Don. He affected many lives for the better in many ways. For me, I will always remember him as a man of patience and generosity. Patience, because he accepted people for who they were, and helped them through their circumstance. Any who knew Don benefited from his generosity in many different ways. Generosity of time, he spent a lifetime sharing knowledge with anyone willing to listen, sharing a lifetime of experience on dealing with life and most profoundly a lifetime of experience in farming, woodworking and building almost anything. He taught me the joy of raising baby chicks, being a good steward of the land, the value of hard work and the pride in doing the best job you can do. Over many years I learned many thing from Don, along our journey I gained lifelong friendships with people he new, how to make maple syrup, and the value of being kind to others you meet. He will be missed by many people he has touched over the years of his life, i know he helped me to be a better human being and i will be eternally grateful for his effect on my life,
To Judy, Brenda, Bonnie and Andrew I offer my heartfelt condolences at your great loss, think of it not as a loss but as a celebration of a life well lived, of a good honest man who has claimed his just reward in heaven. While i cannot be there today as great time and distance separate us please please know I am there in spirit. I began my day today with a pancake breakfast with some of Don's homemade maple syrup he gave me when i visited in April and I couldn't make two bites in before the tears began.
So many wonderful memories over the years all because of this wonderful man making the world a better place everyday one person at a time.

Gerry Reid

Posted at 07:56pm
Don being from Lampton county was used to flatter ground than Dufferin ....he was looking at a combine like mine and came over one evening for a ride ....we got partway around the field and to a rather steep hill and he wanted off....couldn't believe we would combine on that....we laughed cause I told him we wouldn't have any ground to combine if not for hills.......this was in peace Don
Gerry Reid

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