October 3, 1939 ~ June 11, 2021

Born in: Beacon, NY
Resided in: Arden, NC

Thomas R. Watson, 81, born in Beacon, NY, passed away on June 11, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Watson and Helen Murphy Watson; step-father, Raymond Cahill and one brother, Robert Watson.

Mr. Watson is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joanne Bigelow Watson; daughter Deborah Claydon (Steven) of Geneva, FL; sons Matthew Watson of Arden and Keith Watson (Amy Long) of Asheville and grandchildren Lauren Claydon, Ian Claydon and Lila Watson.

Tom graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was employed by Nabisco for 27 years and was the Plant Manager of the Beacon, NY printing plant.

Tom and Joanne moved to Arden in 1986 and Tom started a real estate career. In 1992, he served as President of the Hendersonville Board of Realtors and was honored to be named the Realtor of the Year. He retired from real estate in 2008.

Tom served in the US Army for 3 years, including 11 months in S. Vietnam, where his unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

A Rosary will be said at 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 17 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, with visitation to follow until 8:00 PM.

A Funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 18 at St. Barnabas Catholic Church with Father Adrian Porras officiating and interment will follow in Calvary Churchyard.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to either Four Seasons Compassion For Life Hospice or to Manna Food Bank.

Services

Funeral Mass: June 18, 2021 10:30 am

St Barnabas Catholic Church
109 Crescent Hill Drive
Arden, NC 28704

828-252-3535

Rosary: June 17, 2021 6:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Visitation: June 12, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Burial:

Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732


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  1. Joanne and Family – Please accept my deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow. Let many years of memories give you strength. – Katie

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  2. Dear Debbie – so sorry to hear of this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom and the rest of your family as well as your Father’s friends. May you all be lifted up by joyful memories of your Father.

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  3. Dear Debbie, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He sounded like a remarkable man with a full life. I know you will miss him so – we are sending you love and healing wishes during this time.
    Love, Cheryl & Wayland

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  4. Dear Aunt Joann, Debbie,
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Uncle Tom. He was a bright light every time I saw him. His smile lit up a room! He loved you all so much and was a great role model to Steve. Steve has so many fond memories of him. I’m so sorry I can’t be there to honor his life but will be watching live stream. God bless you all and may the good Lord welcome him into the heaven soon. Love, Lynn Watson

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  5. Dear Aunt Joann, Debbie, Matthew and Keith,
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Uncle Tom. He was a bright light every time I saw him. His smile lit up a room! He loved you all so much and was a great role model to Steve. Steve has so many fond memories of him. I’m so sorry I can’t be there to honor his life but will be watching live stream. God bless you all and may the good Lord welcome him into the heaven soon. Love, Lynn Watson

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  6. Joann just heard about Tom. So sorry 😞 Tom was always a complete gentleman with huge class and very knowledgeable. Hugs for you and your family.

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