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Alvin E. Watson


Alvin E. Watson, 75, of Camillus, NY passed away peacefully Thursday, May 15, 2014, after losing a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind two daughters and sons-in-law, April Watson and Elijah Gowin, and Ardyth Watson and Robert Moran; and four grandchildren, Fiona and Violet Gowin, Ella and Ewan Moran. He is survived by sisters Doris Finley, Rosamund Pond, Cathy Outlaw and Paula Lear, and by brothers Leon Watson, Robert Watson and William Watson, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Marilyn Rosbrook and four brothers, T. Earl, Wayne, Stanley and Keith Watson.

Alvin was born May 30, 1938 in Philadelphia, NY, a son of Lewis and Lora Potter Watson. He was a graduate of Philadelphia High School, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-59. He earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam, and his master’s degree from Columbia University Teacher’s College. On April 17, 1965 he married Sheila Lynn Holtzem in Long Island, NY. They were happily married for thirty-seven years when Sheila passed away, on May 19, 2002.

Mr. Watson was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who delighted in the company of family and friends. He lived most of his life in Goshen, NY, where he taught middle school social studies for thirty-five years. He believed fervently in the importance of education and adored teaching and coaching. Upon retirement, he served on the Goshen Central School Board for many years. Alvin also loved history, travel, spending time at his cottage near Chaumont, and the NY Mets. He was passionate about genealogy, and published a family history. His kindness, good humor, and selflessness touched many lives, especially those family and friends who hold him dear in their hearts.

Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Watson Funeral Home, Central Square, NY, 631 S. Main Street. Internment at Hillside Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 11:00 a.m. until services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Upstate University Hospital, You may view obituary and send a message of condolence at

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