December 25, 1945 – January 5, 2021
It is with a great deal of love and sadness to announce the death of Peter Watts. We love to say - “he did it his way” in life. Peter was born on December 25, 1945 and died on January 5, 2021 of that dreaded disease, cancer. He will always be known on the Cape for his “Peterbuilt” houses - they are numerous! After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, he settled in Sandwich and worked as a framer, then on to his own building business. One day his wife came home to find a pig in the back yard of their Farmersville Rd. home and that’s when she found out he always wanted to farm. He found a great piece of property and there began first Twin Hawk Farm, then Cape Poultry Farm, then to Watts Family Farms with his two sons. Chickens, then pigs and sheep and cows, even ostriches, then onto composting and the best turkeys ever at Thanksgiving. Lots of hilarious stories about these ventures.
Peter grew up in Pawtucket and Mansfield, son of the late Elmer and Rose Watts. He leaves his wife of “almost 50 years” Claire Annese Watts, his son Ajay, wife Laura, and beloved grandchildren, Isabella and Evan; his son Andrew, wife Chelsea, and the ever joyful Hazel Jane; all of Sandwich. His sons were brought up with his favorite sayings - “I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it”, and "God willing and the creek don’t rise”. He leaves his son Jonathan Peter Wetmore and his sons Ben and Jon; his daughter Heather Wetmore Bisshopp and her daughter Rachel Dawley; his daughter Regina Zimberlin and her husband Dan, and their daughter Caitlyn; all of Rhode Island.
He leaves his beloved two sisters, Judith Trojano of Wareham, her children, Michael, Beth Ann and Stephen, his sister Maggie-Watts Forest and her husband Fran, of North Attleboro. His nephews, Kevin and Brian Watts, sons of the late Jeffrey Watts, Peter’s brother.
Peter had a special way of reaching out - Mark Armstrong and his family from Belfast, Northern Ireland; John and Joseph DiLazzaro and their families……he made an impact on their lives, for sure. He will be missed by all of his wife’s family, he was loved, respected, and looked forward to the challenge of friendly political debates with the best of them. All of his Sandwich friends and colleagues. He will be missed especially by Anna - who would follow him around the farm, or anywhere Peter was working, as his helper.
He cherished his friends from Southern Comfort - he absolutely loved his yearly “snowbird” days at the campground in Florida. We will always picture him leaving in November (before the cold) in his motorhome, trailering his Harley, and his sports car. Thankful he got to live that dream and also made some great life-long friends.
There will be a visitation on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, Rte. 6A, Sandwich, Ma from 3-7pm. His funeral will be Monday, January 18, 2021, gathering at 9:15 am at the funeral home and proceeding to Sandwich Town Cemetery for a 10am Service. We understand that those not attending during Covid, there all be a Celebration of his Life this summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter’s memory can be made to the “Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Foundation Fund” via the link www.capecodfoundation.org/donate;fund/ Peter loved riding his Harley in Big Nick’s ride.
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
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David Rumney Patriot Guard Riders
January 16, 2021
Sincere condolences and prayers to the Watts family and friends. Peter Watts served with honor and distinction in the U.S. Navy. The Patriot Guard Riders and a grateful nation are indebted to his service to our great country. At the request of the family the Patriot Guard Riders will proudly stand the flag line with Honor, Dignity and Respect for United States Navy Veteran Watts.
January 14, 2021
Such a nice man--it was always a very pleasant conversation whenever Peter appeared at the parts counter of Schmidt Equip. in Plymouth. My sincerest condolences to the family--
January 13, 2021
Claire and Family, I have great memories of Peter giving so much of his free time to the Sandwich Public Schools. He was a generous and giving man. I’ll always remember his turkeys at Thanksgiving, so good! May you and your family find peace during this time. Rest In Peace my friend. The Bridges Family
January 11, 2021
Sad the hear of Pete’s passing .May you Rest In Peace.Me and my brothers Wayne,Tom,and cousin Chuck will never forget what you did for us.No more pain..
Good by my friend
Dennis & Janice Wiehe
January 9, 2021
Dear Claire, Ajay, Andrew and all the Watts family,
We were greatly saddend to hear of Pete's passing. Crazy but I was just thinking of him the other day. I had worked with Pete building a couple of house's in the 70's loved just how funny and crazy he was. Just thinking of his smile makes me smile. I remember when he thought it would be a great idea to cut out the window opening plywood with a chain saw! That didn't wok out real well! Also when hurricane Bob hit us and we strapped on a ladder to the top of my van, loaded up chainsaws and went around cutting up fallen trees on peoples yards charging less than half of what the tree companies were. We had a blast! Lots of laughs for sure. For all of Pete's dear family, my only regret about Peter Watts is not seeing him before he left us but his memory will always live on.
God Bless Sincerely,
Dennis & Janice Wiehe
January 8, 2021
Sending prayers and hugs to Claire and family. I remember Peter coming into the old Forestdale Post Office with a huge smile. He was always a gentleman. Hope your many memories make this difficult time a little easier. Xo
January 8, 2021
I grew up with Peter. We lived across the street from each other.(Church Street in Mansfield), Played kick the bar near Georgie Walker's house further down the street. His mom took us to basketball games in an old Desoto?, Plymouth? or was it a Dodge? I even took him to a Sadie Hawkins Day dance back in the day. I'm glad to read that he had a full, fun filled life with someone he loved very much and a wonderful family.
Jim and Teresa McGuire
January 8, 2021
So sorry to hear about the passing of Pete. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. The McGuire family
January 7, 2021
Steve and I were deeply saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories spanning over 25 years. The funniest, when Peter decided to raise Ostrich and they escaped and ran down the road. The most thoughtful was when he would clear the road of snow so the first responders could go to work. He will be missed by so many who loved him unconditionally. Our sincere thoughts and prayers for the Watts family. May love and light shine upon you and your family. Love, Nancy and Steve Capone