OBITUARY

Gary B. Watson

August 15, 1957March 5, 2019

Gary Bartling Watson, 61, died of natural causes at his home in Hedgesville, West Virginia on March 5, 2019.

Gary was born August 15, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a 1975 graduate of Mt. St. Joseph High School in Baltimore where he was a track and field athlete and excelled in art. He graduated from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Architecture in 1981. Gary was an architect with a number of firms until he retired from SHW Group in Reston, Virginia. He worked on innovative designs for school districts from Arkansas to Massachusetts.

Gary retired from architecture and moved to a golf community in West Virginia where he pursued his passion for golf. His foremost passion was his children, Abby and Matt, who he visited and traveled with throughout the United States. Gary will be remembered for his creativity and his sense of humor.

He is survived by his children Abby Watson of Boulder, Colorado and Matt Watson of Hilton Head, South Carolina and his former wife Kathy McDonald Watson. He is also survived by his parents, James A. Watson III and Jenifer Chazal Watson of Crozet, Virginia; siblings James A. Watson IV (Anne) of Houston, Texas; Joan Watson Hessler (Rob) of Clifton, VA and Jenifer Watson Moore of Crozet, VA; along with many nieces and nephews. Services will be held March 13, 2019 at the Rock Creek Cemetery administration building 101 Allison St NW, Washington, DC at 1:00 PM.

Messages of condolence can be posted on Facebook (Gary B Watson) or at www.rosedalefuneral.com. Memorial donations can be made to The First Tee www.thefirsttee.org, a youth golf organization.

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Gary B. Watson

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Elizabeth Watson Keddy

March 11, 2019

My uncle Gary always had the best sense of humor! I really enjoyed catching up with him at family gatherings. I'm so glad I got to spend some time with him at my Pop-Pop's birthday party this past summer (see the picture attached). I will miss him and I send my deepest condolences to his children Abby and Matt and my father (his brother) Jim.

Elizabeth Watson Keddy

March 11, 2019

My uncle Gary always had the best sense of humor! I really enjoyed catching up with him at family gatherings. I'm so glad I got to spend some time with him at my Pop-Pop's birthday party this past summer (see the picture attached). I will miss him and I send my deepest condolences to his children Abby and Matt and my father (his brother) Jim.

Janet Dwyer

March 11, 2019

Gary was a special person to me during senior year at Catholic University. He was "one of a kind." Gary was a very intelligent, insightful, funny person, and a talented artist and architect. Sometimes he was quiet, but as they say: "Still waters run deep." I have happy memories of Gary and the antics of our architecture student group at Catholic University. Unfortunately, after graduation, I had to leave Washington, DC and move back home. We went our separate ways, but I thought of him from time to time throughout the years. My deepest condolences go out to his family, especially his children, Abby and Matt. God took him way too soon. May he rest in peace.

Dolores Powers (Croft)

March 10, 2019

I just wanted to send my heartfelt sympathies to the entire Watson family. Gary was a big personality who enjoyed life to the fullest. I enjoyed many good times at the Watson house during high school. It seems that we lost a fine person way too young. My thoughts are especially with Jim as you grieve the loss of your brother.
Fondly, Dolores

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