Dale Spaulding Watson
June 6, 1935 – November 19, 2020
Dale S. Watson
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and life partner Dale Watson. Dale was born on June 6, 1935 in the family home to Charles and Thelma (Berle) Watson and passed in the same family home, as was his wish at the age of 85, on November 19, 2020. He spent every summer on North Pond, and Smithfield was always considered home in the summer.
He kept his sense of humor until the end, surprising all around him with his continued and almost legendary sharp wit.
His passion for antique cars began at an early age, probably high school or earlier, and he liked to tell a story of proudly bringing home a car, to which his father said “the idea is to see how NICE a car you can get.” He was encouraged to make it go away. He no doubt made a profit and decades of buying, selling and collecting old cars followed.
He passed this passion onto his son and grandson and together they spent many hours tinkering, buying, selling all things cars.
Dale had many different careers – He was the owner of Watson Hardware In Norridgewock, Western Auto in Skowhegan, Town Manager of Skowhegan, and for many years worked for the Hight family overseeing their auto parts stores and many of their real estate endeavors. Dale served as Chairman of the Board at Skowhegan Savings Bank, Treasurer of Skowhegan State Fair, member of the Smithfield Grange, the North Pond Association, a 50 year member of the Kora Shriners, Masons, a life member of the Skowhegan History House, Coburn Park Commissioner, and while his antique car club affiliations are too numerous to list he was especially fond of the Antique Automobile Club of America and recently received recognition for his 50 year membership. It was through this club that the annual trips to Hershey started. Every October since the 1960’s he’d make the trek. Those stories are for another time.
In the 1970’s, the cute gal with the big smile in the office at C. E. Noyes caught his eye. Soon, he and Nancy were an item and over the next 40 years travelled the US by car, truck, motor home, airplane, or even helicopter on all sorts of adventures. He was especially proud to see how Nancy’s boys turned out and took satisfaction in having a part in it.
When grandchildren and great grandchildren came along he loved taking them along on adventures too. He especially loved them.
Dale leaves behind his son Rick Watson and wife Karie, grandchildren Shelby and Tucker, his daughter Jane Davis and husband Donald, granddaughter Jade Anderson and husband Jeff, his great-granddaughter Raven, life partner of over 40 years, Nancy Moll, her children Steve and Robyn Moll, Brad and Melanie Moll and grandchildren Emma and Ben. He also leaves his sister Hazel Grove and several nephews and a niece. Dale was predeceased by his parents, brother in law Robert Gilman, and sister Maravene Gilman.
A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of life will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2021.
The family would like to thank Dad’s many friends for comforting and visiting with him these last few months and weeks. A special thanks also to Dr. Edmund Ervin, MD for his care and conversations with dad, and the entire hospice team –but especially Sandra, Michelle, and Casey for their compassion and care, both to dad and to our family as well.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Fairview Grange #342 C/o Sharon Wood 709 Village Road in Smithfield 04978. Dad was a quiet supporter of the Grange and very much enjoyed the weekly dinners and catching up with people from around the lake and seeing the Grange’s improvements over the last few years.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. Anyone who wishes to leave the family messages can do so on our website at – www.smartandedwardsfh.com
Celebration of Life
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Dale Spaulding Watson
January 25, 2021
Dear Folks, I was just made aware of your Father's death. I am very sorry. He was a long time member of MAPA as you know. As well as having a long association with the Skowhegan State Fair. He always loved his antique vehicles. He and Paul Tewksbury are in heaven driving their Model Ts! He will be missed for sure! I was President for 24 years and my wife was Treasurer for 18+. Please accept our condolences. Joe & Pat Kelley
December 20, 2020
To Nancy, Rick & Family, Jane & Family,
Dale was a great guy and a great friend as he was for many others. Visited Dale & Nancy last summer & saw his completed woody It took effort for he & Nancy to show me in Smithfield. It looked great & he had a lot of determination to finish it and he & Nancy put a couple hundred miles on it. For old car nuts, Rick can tell quite a story about Dale's two woodies that became one. Dale started me with old fords when he took Rick (about age 5) in his Model A to Naples big old car show. He found 3 old fords for me and used his trailer to move them. He showed me how to paint and lots of other things. I will miss him a lot. Ray Wenninger
Caryl A. Dickinson (bowman) Adams
November 29, 2020
Remembering with fondness Dale's droll humor and his great old cars.
Caryl A.D. Adams
Dominick Rinaldi Sr.
November 25, 2020
Rick and Nancy,
Dale was an absolute pleasure to know for the 40 years that I have lived in Skowhegan. Always composed and very knowledgeable about things.
He was the commensurate" Mans man" when it came to collectible cars and always had time to talk of a recent acquisition or even one of my recent buys. He will be long remembered and I am glad that I had the opportunity to know him.
On behalf of the entire Rinaldi Family
Dom Rinaldi Sr.
November 23, 2020
I met Dale about 20 years ago when I joined AACA/Maine region. We became kindred friends through our mutual love of old cars. It was always great to see and visit with him on our many tours, visits to Hershey or the Auctions at Owl's Head. He was a man after my own heart He will be greatly missed by one and all. GOD SPEED, Dale
November 22, 2020
Although we didn't have many connections with Dale over the years, we felt very welcomed and accepted by him when we first met him through Nancy. We send sincere condolences to Nancy , the families and even the community. Dale certainly had an impact on them all and will be well remembered.
Bob & Lynn Domras
November 22, 2020
It seems like only yesterday Rick, Tobey, and me were sleeping out in the back yard cabin and marveling at the old cars. Life was good in the ‘60s. Rest In Peace, Dale, and thank you for treating my brother and me like family.
November 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing! I loved the stories that came with him whenever he and Wayne were together! They’ll be happy to meet up again and rehash all their stories about the old cars and their trips to PA! Thoughts are with the family.😟❤️❤️
Frank Ten Broeck 3rd
November 21, 2020
To Rick and The Watson Family
Nancy and I would like to extend our sincere sympathy.
We first met Dale at a North Pond Meeting and found him to be
the "True Gentleman" that he was. I especially enjoyed my visits
to the old firehouse and the barn, to view his collection of cars and
here the many stories about every one of them. May The Lord be
with The Watson Family at this time and forever. RIP Dale - You
will be missed.
Frank and Nancy Ten Broeck & Family
November 21, 2020
Rick and Jane (and families),
Thinking of you (and of our childhood neighborhood) during this time of loss of your dad. Your tribute to him reminded me of the many contributions he made to Skowhegan. I-like many others (I am sure)- will always think of him behind the wheel of an antique auto!
Mary (Bilodeau) Callan