James “Jim” Watson of Melbourne Beach, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022 in Melbourne, Florida. Jim was born February 28, 1937 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to David G. and Emma C. Watson. Over the years Jim lived in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Indiana, Ohio, and Florida. Jim married the love of his life, Kathy “Katie” Schlater, on April 5, 1975, and they have been happily married for 47 years. Jim graduated from Perry Joint High School in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania in 1956. In 1957 Jim was employed by Capitol Products Corporation in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and spent the next 64 years in the aluminum extrusion industry. He retired December 31st, 2020 after a fulfilling career.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Katie Watson. His loving daughter; Kimberly (Jim) Staton of Salem, Ohio. His granddaughters; Kristen (Josh) Herzog and their son; William Herzog, Courtney Staton and her fiancé Wesley Garrett, His Son; James (Patti) L. Watson Jr. of Burke, Virginia and their son; Michael (Laura) Watson and their 5 children. Son; David G. Watson II of Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania. His sister; Susan Hojak of Melbourne Beach, FL and Brother John (Carol) Watson of Raymore, Missouri. Jim was predeceased by a daughter, Christine Watson, who passed away when she was 3 years old and two sisters, Bette King of Arbutus, Maryland, and Hazel Berry of Shippensberg, Pennsylvania.
Jim was a member of the Advent Lutheran Church of Melbourne Beach, FL.
We, as a family, thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
In lieu of flowers: *In memory of Jim Watson
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
PO Box 2157
Framingham, MA 01703
Sea Turtle Preservation Society- *In memory of Jim Watson
111 S Miramar Ave
Indialantic, FL 32903
There will also be a Celebration of Life for family and friends in the Fall at Cortland, OH and Harrisburg, PA.