Arthur Sidney Watkinson

January 27, 1920February 7, 2013
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on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Art passed away peacefully at his home, with his family by his side, in his 94th year. Predeceased by Shirley, loving wife of 60 years; most cherished father to Ruth Anne (Jeff) Lawryk, Mary Jane Waszynski, & Anne Marie (Lorne) Roberts; very special grandfather to Scott, Jamie, Robyn, Corey, Joel, Dana & Samantha; dear brother of Dorothy Gregory (late Ken). Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Minnie Watkinson, sister Hilda Evans and brother Stan Watkinson (Alma). Art will be missed by many extended family and friends. Art proudly served in the Canadian Armed Services. Worked as a mechanic and retired from General Motors. He spent many happy days at his beloved Lookout Point Camp in Hartley Bay. He will be remembered for his wit and sense of humour.

Friends will be received at the HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 75 Church Street (905-684-6346) on Sunday, Feb 10 from 2-5 p.m. and Monday Feb 11 2-4 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, 83 Church St. on Tuesday Feb 12 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army Community & Family Services or to St. George's Church would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank the medical community for the care provided. A special thank you to The Thorold Medical Clinic, Dr. T. Tatzel, Dr. W. Gruber, CCAC Niagara, especially the many caring Personal Support Workers and Nurses who assisted with his care. Deep appreciation to many wonderful family and friends who provided support to our Dad which helped to keep him home.

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  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Tom May

March 4, 2013

Ruth Anne, Mary Jane and Anne Marie,

I just finished viewing all the photos you posted and it brought back such wonderful memories of our times at the French with all of you and both Art and Shirley. Art was a wonderful person whose warmth and humor helped make those times a wonderful part of my youth. I can't tell you how much I appreciated the warm welcome your parents and all of you showed us. I wish I could have travelled home to attend the services. Art was a wonderful person and we all will miss him and remember him most fondly.

February 12, 2013

Ann Marie & Lorne & family, we are so very sorry on your dear Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your happy memories of him continue to give you strength. Mike & Krista Kay

Teresa Wehrle

February 12, 2013

Hi Anne Marie. I am sorry to hear about your dad. It was my intention to come today to show my support, however road conditions are not the best. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Donna Abernethy

February 12, 2013

Ruth and your beautiful family, The Legacy that your parents have left behind are evident in you all..and we are thankful to be a part of it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love Steve, D. Abernethy,Lindsay and Brooke oxo xox oxo

Julie Wallis

February 12, 2013

Anne Marie, I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Just want to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

Marilyn Post

February 11, 2013

Ruth Anne, Mary Jane & Anne Marie: I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I remember him... a very nice man. And I remember our visits to your cottage when we were young. Enjoyed looking at the pictures you posted - what a wonderful life and family he had. My condolences. Marilyn Post

kellie kirkwood

February 11, 2013

Mary Jane and Ruth- my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this time.

B. William May

February 11, 2013

Art was one of the nicest people I have ever had pleasure in knowing.He was a true man in every respect.Quick witted and gentle in every way possible.I am sure Art is looking down upon his family and friends now, even as we mourn our loss in him, smiling together with his wife Shirley hand in hand, proud of the family they raised and the friendships they shared with so many.Warmest of thoughts will hold place in my heart as in the hearts of so many of Art for years to come.He will not be forgotten.