Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Home - West Branch

20 Seventh Street West, Cornwall, ON


Andrew William Watson

February 11, 1939May 3, 2020

WATSON, Andrew – Passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at the age of 81 years. Andrew was born on February 11th, 1939 in Calcutta, India. He started his career as a Radio Operator in the Merchant Navy, which allowed him to travel the world before immigrating to Canada in 1968. Following that he worked as a Flight Service Specialist, then Instructor at Nav Canada for 29 years before retiring in 2004. Son of the late Ivy & William Watson. Beloved husband of Judy (née Lane) of 46 years. Loving father of Michael (Robyn). Dear brother of Jean Dender (Noel). Son-in-law of Dora Lane (Ernie). Brother-in-law of Terri Davis (Eric), Curtis Lane (Melissa), Glen Robinson (Kathy) & of the late Mike Paquette (Dorothy). Uncle of Gary Dender (Suzanne) & Brady Lane (Nikki). Andrew will always be remembered by his family & friends.

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Clarice and Rick Groves

May 18, 2020

Sincere Condolences to Judy ,Mike and Robyn .Andrew was the kindest and the most loving man I every met ,his love for his family and friends was unforgettable .He truly was a family man to him there was nothing more important than that .His love shone through every gesture and spoken word . He will truly be missed by all . I leave you Judy with this poem I once read .
If tears could built a stair case and memories a lane .I would walk up to Heaven and bring him home again.
Although he has moved on ,we will think of him each day for he will be forever loved and in our hearts he will stay .

Josée Julien

May 14, 2020

Judy, I offer all my sympathies to you and your family. Andy was my office partner for many years and in all those years we never had one disagreement. He was always a pleasure to have around. As many people already mentionned, he was sweet and funny but also very knowledgeable, organized, dedicated and most of all a real gentleman. It is a privilege to have worked with him. Take care. XXOO

Jason Carter

May 12, 2020

Like many others who have written their condolences , I was a student of Andy's at TCTI/NCTI many years ago. As an instructor, he was unforgettable. But you could also tell that he was a genuinely nice and good person. I hope his family can gain a little solace from knowing just how many former students' lives he impacted in his positive, upbeat way. Gone but not forgotten.

Michel Rozon

May 9, 2020

By the time I did the FSS Basic Course, Andy was already a fixture at the training institute in Cornwall. Everyone who trained there knew him and valued him. He will be missed.

Diane Chandler (nee Medinski)

May 9, 2020

Andy was my course instructor during my training with NAV Canada (Transport Canada) from Oct 88 -May 89. What an infectious human being when it came to his laugh, kindness and empathy. He truly was an amazing person and being young and away from home for the first time, he helped all of us adjust. There will definitely be a huge void with him gone. My condolences to his family.

Peter Huffam

May 9, 2020

I was deeply saddened to hear of Andy’s passing. He was one of my Instructors on FSS9701. I can say without hesitation, that it was because of the skillful guidance and expertise of Andy and his colleague Keith Grant that I passed that course. He wasn’t simply a Teacher, he was a Leader, providing encouragement to his students under some pretty stressful circumstances.
Bless you, Andy, May you Rest In Peace.

Brian MacLean

May 9, 2020

My condolences to Andy’s family and friends on their loss. I had Andy as an instructor in TCTI during 1987/88 (FSS 8705). He was a very hands on instructor and took the time to give his students encouragement and advice, often through one of many “sayings “ related to his operational career. There are three of them that stuck with me throughout my career, one has been mentioned already by Rob Elford and another by Ron Smith. The third one, I remember was often used by Andy when students were trying to “Prioritize Duties” in the simulator during the debrief or during his classroom instruction “ Remember when you go to Timmins, you have to do everything”

A great instructor and a very personable individual outside of the classroom as well. I am sure he had an effect on many other FSS besides myself as they started out on their careers.

Rest In Peace Andy. Your watch is over.

Stefan Szrajer

May 9, 2020

It was a pleasure to know Andy during my time training at NCTI. He impacted many of us, with his gentle manner, motivational advice, and good humour. My favourite instructor.
A true gentleman. You will be missed.

Jonathan Bennett

May 8, 2020

I had the privilege of meeting Andy in 1998 when I went to Cornwall for FSS basic training. He was very well liked and respected by everyone, he was a great instructor and a great person. He had a way of making you feel better after a bad day that meant a lot. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet him and spend time with with. My condolences to the family.

Linda Ross

May 8, 2020

On Sunday Judy called me to let me know that my old and dear friend Andy had passed away. I knew his health was failing in recent years but it still hurt. It's hard to put so many memories into such a small space.
I first met Judy and Andy in 1975 when Andy and I were attending the radio operators course in Ottawa. I have a vivid memory of sitting in the cafeteria on Heron Road across from them and having long chats over a cup of coffee. We next met in 1986 when we were instructors at TCTI . We worked together and shared an office for many years till I retired in 2003 and moved to the west coast. I never saw Andy again but he never forgot me. Every summer he'd call and wish me a Happy Birthday and he'd catch me up on the latest news of old friends. The next call would come at Christmas time to wish me a great holiday season. He never missed that call. Even as his health began to worsen I never heard a complaint or heard a trace of low spirits.. That was Andy. Caring of everyone, workmates, students and especially his family. He was an intelligent, sensitive , funny and gentle soul with a very big heart.
I shall miss you Andy. I won't forget you.


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