Donald Mackay Watson, Sr.
Donald Mackay Watson, Sr. , age 76, of Shelby, passed away suddenly Feb 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm at Med Central Mansfield Hospital after a brief illness.
Donald was a loving and devoted father, caring grandfather and great grandfather. He is fondly remembered by all that knew him. His quick wit and affable personality made him easy for any and all to talk to. He traveled throughout the U.S. as a truck driver for over 40 years which was a job that he loved very much.
He was born June 25th 1934 in East Providence, RI to the late Charles and Salina (Jackson) Watson. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers Charles and Robert, 2 sisters Mary and Marion and 1 son Donald M. Watson, Jr. of Shelby, OH.
He is survived by 1 sister Charlotte of RI, his life partner and mother of his children, Jacqueline, 3 sons, Archie and his wife Mary of Shelby, James and his friend Steff of San Diego, CA and Jeffery and his fiancé Jennifer also of San Diego, CA. 3 daughters, Donna Curtis and her friend Keith of Simi Valley, CA, Jacqueline and her husband Fred Yanik of Clark Fork, ID, and Susan and her husband Robert Eason of Paris, TN. He had 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. We would be amiss to omit his beloved Kelly who was his faithful canine companion, His second family, sister-in-law, Penny Watson, and her daughters Cindy and Debbie, his nieces and his longtime friend Delores Cornell.
We would like to offer this poem, author is unknown:
God saw you getting tired, and a cure not to be.
So he put his arms around you and whispered come with me.
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade.
God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best!
The Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby is in charge of the arrangements. Private family services will be held at a later date at Oakland Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made to penwellturner.com