Mr. John J. Watson

  • Born: July 1, 1927
  • Died: July 7, 2018
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family

John J. Watson, 91, beloved husband of the late Alice (Donegan) Watson, passed away on Saturday, July 7th, at his home. Born in Brookline, he is the son of the late James F. and Gertrude (Benton) Watson.

John was a life-long resident of Reading and a graduate of Reading High School, class of 1945. He served his country in the United States Army. He served his town as a member of Town Meeting and was a local history buff. Along with his brother Theodore, John operated Watson Bros. Plumbing in Reading for more than 30 years. He was an active member and usher at Saint Athanasius Parish in Reading. John enjoyed going to antique car shows and most of all, was a loving and devoted grandfather to his grandchildren.

Loving Father of Joseph Watson and his wife Diane, Elizabeth Watson and her husband Robert Schudy, Michael Watson and his wife Karen, Thomas Watson and William Watson. Cherished grandpa to 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Loving brother of Barbara Burbine and of the late Robert Watson, Virginia McKinnon, Edward Watson, William Watson and Theodore Watson. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Doherty-Barile Funeral Home, 11 Linden Street READING, on Wednesday, July 11th at 9:30am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating John's Eternal Life in Saint Athanasius Church 300 Haverhill Street, Reading at 10:30am.

Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories in the funeral home on Tuesday, July 10th from 3-7pm. Parking attendants will be available.

Interment will be in Wood End Cemetery, Reading.

Please consider making donations in John's memory to a charity of one's choice.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry for the loss of your Father and grandfather, May Uncle Butch rest in peace and all your memories of him will carry you through this rough time.
Love Cousin Judy

Posted by Judy Watson - Palm Bay, FL   July 13, 2018


Joe thinking of you and your family. Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jacqui Thomas - Stoneham, MA   July 10, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the Watson family, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. John & Barbara Gomes

Posted by John & Barbara Gomes - Townsend, MA - friend   July 10, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Mark Landry - Gardner, MA - Coworker   July 10, 2018

Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with you

Posted by Mary Muir    July 10, 2018

I am sorry for your loss. It sounds like your father enjoyed a good life able to stay home and enjoy his family, makes for good memories.

Posted by Mary Allan - Hope, RI   July 09, 2018

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Posted by Mary Allan - Hope, RI   July 09, 2018

Joe and Diane
May your father rest in peace. Take some comfort in how well you cared for him over the last few years. My deepest condolences.
Terry B

Posted by Terry Baltier - Wakefield, MA   July 09, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of Uncle Butch's passing. You are all in my prayers.

Posted by Bob Watson - Ringgold, GA - Family   July 09, 2018