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  • Elmer Ellsworth Watson

    Elmer Ellsworth Watson

Elmer Ellsworth Watson, 101

July 27, 2016

Elmer Ellsworth Watson

Elmer Ellsworth Watson

Elmer Ellsworth Wat­son, a long­time res­i­dent of South Wind­sor, Conn., passed away in Rotonda West, Fla., on July 27, 2016, at the age of 101.

Born in New Lon­don, Conn., he grad­u­ated from Bulke­ley High School there in 1934. Mr. Wat­son served in the U.S. Army dur­ing WW II as a medic with the 242nd Med­ical Detach­ment of the 42nd “Rain­bow” Divi­sion in the Euro­pean the­ater of war, which is where he earned the nick­name “Doc.”  After the war, Doc attended Morse Col­lege of Busi­ness in Hart­ford, Conn., after which he worked as an out­side sales­man for the G.H. Berlin Oil Com­pany in Hart­ford, Conn., and then for the Auto­mo­tive Wares Com­pany in Rocky Hill, Conn.

In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Doc Wat­son served as the Scout­mas­ter for Boy Scout Troop 62 in South Wind­sor, Conn.

Doc was an NRA Life Mem­ber and Mas­ter Pis­tol Shooter.  He was a life mem­ber of the Capi­tol City Rifle & Pis­tol Club in Rocky Hill, Conn., and a Life and Hall of Fame mem­ber of the Con­necti­cut State Rifle & Revolver Asso­ci­a­tion.  He also served as the Pis­tol Tour­na­ment and Finance Direc­tor of the CSR&RA, and as Con­necti­cut State Pis­tol Direc­tor, as well as being the Chief Range Offi­cer of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Revolver League of Hart­ford for 18 years. Doc was an NRA Cer­ti­fied Instruc­tor, Range Offi­cer, and Pis­tol Match Ref­eree for the Con­necti­cut State Cham­pi­onship Com­pe­ti­tions, and served as the Pis­tol Tour­na­ment direc­tor for the Rockville Fish & Game Club, where in his later years he fell in love with the sport of Skeet shoot­ing, break­ing many a clay tar­get every Wednes­day with his faith­ful 20 gauge Ruger shot­gun.  In 1966 he received an engraved Colt .45 Gold Cup tar­get pis­tol “Good­win Award” from the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Revolver League in recog­ni­tion for his many years of ser­vice to that organization.

Doc Wat­son is sur­vived by his brother Don­ald G. Wat­son of Hart­ford, Conn.;  six chil­dren:  David Wat­son Sr., of Sneads Ferry, NC, Peter Wat­son of Port Char­lotte, Fla.,  Elaine Schenot of Clem­mons, NC, Car­olyn Watson-Peters of Fram­ing­ham, Mass.,  Richard Wat­son of South Wind­sor, Conn.,  and Janet Scheible of Plano, Texas;  as well as six grand­chil­dren:  Angela Lanzieri,  David Wat­son Jr.,  Nicole Wat­son,  Katharine Schenot,  Jacque­lyn Scheible, and Gre­gory Schenot;  plus four great grand­chil­dren:  Brit­tney Pietro,  Saman­tha Pietro,  Kristina Lanzieri,  and Anthony Lanzieri.

Mr. Watson’s cre­mains will be interred in Cen­ter Ceme­tery, 993 Main St., South Wind­sor, Conn.,  along with those of his wife, Mar­garet Jer­gens Wat­son, who pre­de­ceased him in July 2012 after 68 years of marriage.