ROQUE BLUFFS - Philip S. Watts passed away suddenly Monday, June 4, 2012, at his home with his wife, Muriel; and son, David, by his side. He was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Kennebec, to Samuel and Amy (Manchester) Watts. Philip had an interesting work career, beginning with driving a truck for a tarring crew. Blessed with a mechanical mind, he then went to classes in Lowell, Mass., to learn how to run looms in the Machias textile mill. This was followed by many years as manager of the parts department at Rier Buick. Philip then obtained a bachelor's degree in education from the teacher's college in Machias and taught at Washington Academy for a short time. He followed this by becoming a caseworker for Child and Family Services in Washington County until his retirement. Philip's interest were wide and varied, including his superb work on the Watt's family genealogy, his council on the history of Roque Bluffs with J. Preston and W. Morse, and his efforts to keep the class of '44 up to date and in touch. He enjoyed square dancing and the summers spent at Indian Lake. Philip also enjoyed rowing his skiff out to check his lobster pots, plowing snow and towing his fifth wheel to blue grass music festivals throughout the state of Maine. He was a member of Good Sam Club and a charter member of Machias Valley Boat Club. Philip was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Amy Watts. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Muriel (Clemons) Watts; son, David; and his "favorite" daughter-in-law, Kate. A viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, 220 Court St., Machias, where funeral services will begin 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12. Philip will be laid to rest at Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville.
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Published in BDN Maine on June 8, 2012