Daniel Lester Watt

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Orland - Daniel Lester Watt, 56, son of Gerald Lester Watt and Loretta Joan (Chatto) Watt, went on ahead April 11, 2019 following an 8-month hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born on November 28, 1962 at EMMC and raised in the family home on Verona Island and his favorite place on Earth, the family camp on Toddy Pond.
He was educated at what is now Bucksport Christian School and was very active in the adjoining church. He was proudly a member of the school's first graduating class of seven in 1981. After a brief stint at what is now NMCC he entered the ranks of retail management for 20 years, then worked as group home manager for 17 years. In 2001 he picked up photography as a hobby. With many compliments on his work and encouragement to go professional, he founded Shutter Images, Inc. in 2002. Starting out as a side business, Dan ultimately achieved his dream of being a full-time, self-employed photographer in 2014. His kind, loving soul and generous nature won the hearts of all who knew him.
On November 6,1998 eye contact across a parking lot led to him meeting the great love of his life. He and Jim married first with a commitment ceremony on July 6, 2001 and legally on March 16, 2013. This ceremony was performed by their daughter, Melissa, who, along with her sister Jamie, fulfilled Dan's life-long desire to be a parent and proudly called him "Dad."
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his husband, James Britton; their daughters Melissa Britton-Watt Palumbo and husband, Mike, and Jamie Britton; sisters Nanette Smith and husband, Steve; Michelle Astbury and husband, Wyatt; niece Kathryn Smith and fiance Andrew Leaman; nephews Clayton and Sam Doolan and John Smith as well as a very large extended family and friends who were like family. He was predeceased by grandparents Murray and Maxine Chatto and Delma Watt; brother-in-law Cliff Doolan, niece Anna Smith and nephew Brandon Astbury.
A celebration of Dan's life will be held Friday, April 19, 2019 at 12 PM at the Orland Community Center with visitation and refreshments from 10AM until the time of the service. Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, ME.
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Published on April 14, 2019
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Kt Waters
Apr 22, 2019
Dear Jim and Family,
I just learned of Dan’s passing. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Dan was a wonderful, loving and happy person with whom I shared many a conversation at the OCC. He was always there to keep me company through my long hours of jam cooking and always a good sport to try my experimental flavors. I will miss him. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Kt
Byron and Richard
Apr 19, 2019
We will miss you! More than words can say.
Donna Frautten
Apr 19, 2019
My heart was very saddened on seeing that Dan had passed. My heart aches for his parents cause I know how that feels. Also for you Jim and the girls. Dan loved you all very much.
I moved to Bangor in 2000 as house manager of a group home where Dan worked as well. I was scared to death since I had never done this before. Dan was always there to help and guide me.
We had so much fun with our clients. I have LOTS of great memories with Dan. I am so glad I got to see him a few months ago. I have missed him so much since we both changed jobs.
Please know that you are all on my thoughts. I hope to make it to the service but I am working so if I can't I send my love to all of you.
Jeff Davis
Apr 18, 2019
Sorry for your loss Jim, whenever I saw Dan he always had a smile that would brighten up the room.
Jocelyn Thomas
Apr 18, 2019
Sending love and condolences to Dan’s family. Dan was such a kind person and a bright light in this world. He was loved by many and will be missed.
Bonnie Page
Apr 17, 2019
Love & prayers to Jim and family. Dan was a wonderful man and friend. I treasure our time working together. Love you Dan. RIP.. Sweet sweet man.
Vicki & Rob Arrico
Apr 16, 2019
Jim and family,
So very sorry for your loss. We only met briefly but it was evident that Dan was a wonderful man. May your precious and loving memories carry you through this difficult time.
Tim
Apr 15, 2019
Jim, I am sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I havnt heard from you guys in a while and now know why. Cancer is a horrible thing and we just dont know who is next. Take care.
Belinda Trafton
Apr 15, 2019
Jim I'm so sorry for your loss of Dan May you find comfort from family and friends at this sad time. With deepest sympathy,
Belinda (Milner) Trafton
Liz Huggins
Apr 15, 2019
I am so sorry for Dan’s loss. I pray for his loved ones and many friends, may you experience the peace that only God can give. The community has lost a genuinely good and kind man. May he rest in God’s eternal Kingdom!
Kelly Stacy
Apr 15, 2019
Your light may have dimmed but it will never go out because of the wonderful husband, brother, son, father and friend you were. You gave your all in everything thing you did and touched the hearts of more people than you knew. You are sadly missed but I know you are in good hands. Missing you dear man.💜💜💜
Mark & Jackie Burpee
Apr 15, 2019
Dan you will be missed RIP
John and Celeste Majek
Apr 15, 2019
Although we didn't know Dan for very long, his knack for drawing you to his smile, his humor and his remarkable goodness made us feel welcomed. May the memories of this great man bring solace to all who cherished him.
Sending love and sympathy.
Pat & Jim Robertson
Apr 15, 2019
Condolences to Dan’s family. He was always a kind, thoughtful man. We enjoyed our conversations and will miss that along with his fantastic photography. He was definitely an artist. God’s peace & comfort to you all.
Nicole Rowe
Apr 15, 2019
We'll miss you Dan, you were such a kind soul and welcomed addition to the family. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel!
Melody Parlin
Apr 15, 2019
My condolences to all the family. May Gods peace be with you all at this time.
Lesa Gross-Taylor
Apr 15, 2019
Whenever I saw Dan anywhere he would always remember me with a laugh and a smile. He and James could make anyone laugh out loud. I will miss him so much. Keep on laughing.
Lisa Mishou
Apr 14, 2019
I will miss him and his wonderful outlook on life. His laugh and crazy sense of humor. Our chats about everything...such a natural born Angel in life; Heaven must of been short handed 👼