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Born: May 21, 1945

Date of Passing: Nov 11, 2020

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May 21, 1945 - November 11, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loving father, Dave Watson, who passed away peacefully at the Cornwall Community Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, with his beloved daughters at his side.
Dad was predeceased by his parents, David and Victoria (nee Parada) Watson, brother Garry Watson, and his loyal, beloved, furry friend Ernie.
He leaves to mourn his precious daughters, Laurie McCarthy (Soleil Gallego) and Jennifer Flanagan (Tom), mother of his daughters Deb Zinnick, sister Hope Watson-Bailey (Jay), brother Royal, sister-in-law Beverly Watson, and five nieces, Monique, Nicole, Keehan, Caris and Amberyl.
Dad was born on May 21, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario. In following his calling, he received a Bachelor of Pedagogy degree from the University of Manitoba and started teaching, fulfilling the profession with passion and love. Dad taught in northern Manitoba, Gimli, and the latest, Swan Lake where he also became Principal. He was a dedicated teacher and Principal with a passion for his work and a deep commitment to his students' success. He devoted many hours on extracurricular activities as he believed that they strengthen the mind in ways that traditional learning often couldn't. Dad retired after spending many years teaching and living in Swan Lake, Manitoba where he made many lifelong friends. Due to health conditions, Dad moved to Ottawa, Ontario close to his daughter and spent his remaining years there.
Back in the day, Dad loved Belgian bowling and hosting his friends for barbeques. He loved his community and was both a Knights of Columbus member and a Lions Club member. He was the Mayor of Swan Lake, active in the Catholic Church, an avid golfer, and a pool shark.

Rest In Peace Dad, the world seems empty without you. Forever missed, forever loved.

Arrangements have been entrusted to LAHAIE AND SULLIVAN CORNWALL FUNERAL HOMES, WEST BRANCH, 20 Seventh St W (613-932-8482). Cremation will be taking place.
As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Ottawa Aphasia Centre would be appreciated by the family.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Remembered for teaching students to love developing their vocabulary: use big words. Rest in peace. Our sympathies to his family. - Posted by: Maurice Ilene Thevenot (Mountain School Division Staff) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to my beautiful cousins Laurie and Jennifer. His smile and laughter is what I will remember most. I miss him terribly. He was the biggest connection to my dad and may it comfort us all to believe the brothers are together. - Posted by: Monique Watson (Niece) on: Nov 21, 2020

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