Philip Clyde Watson, Sr.

Philip Clyde Watson, Sr., 91 of Baden, MD died at home on December 31, 2020 from complications related to COVID-19.

Laid to Rest at Immanuel United Methodist Church, Brandywine, MD

Phil was born at home on October 25, 1929, to the late Clyde Edward Watson and Thelma Ona Townshend Watson. He graduated from Gwynn Park High School in 1948 and married Betty Page Young on November 4, 1950.

Phil grew up as a farmer and waterman, following in the footsteps of many generations of his family before him. He grew tobacco on the family farm with his father and fished and crabbed on the Patuxent River.  After his marriage, he began work with his father-in-law, Page Young and eventually became co-owner of Young & Watson, Inc, a library equipment business.

Phil and his late wife Betty, his one true love, were married for nearly 60 years before she was tragically killed in a car accident in 2009. After her death until his own, he lived a full active life centered around family and friends.

Phil was a true gentleman who was respected and loved by many.   He cherished his family and friends and the times spent with them, especially those hours spent playing cards. He and Betty loved to travel and took many cruises and trips to Florida.  His circle of friends was extensive and spanned many generations.  He was a loyal and trusted friend who put others first and always gave of himself freely. He led with his heart and found a way to uniquely connect with each person he met.

Phil was an avid fisherman and loved all types of hunting. Being invited to go duck hunting by Phil on the Patuxent was a special treat for the many people he took over the years. In recent years he and his friend Bob Cooksey set drift nets each spring to catch fish and hold a fish fry for family and friends. An honor he much appreciated was being recognized on the base of the Maryland Waterman’s Monument at Kent Narrows, MD, along with other Maryland watermen.

Phil is predeceased by his wife Betty Page Young Watson and brother Russell G. Watson, Sr.  He is survived by his brother Laurie G. Watson of Hampton, VA, and sister Jean B. Richards of Baden; his children, daughter Patricia Watson Dolesh and husband Richard Dolesh of

Aquasco; son Philip Watson, Jr., and husband Jim Sonick of Brandywine; daughter Ruth Watson Tabb and husband James Tabb of Brandywine; and daughter Carolyn Virginia Watson and wife Ginny Stominski of Rehoboth Beach, DE. Phil had four grandchildren, Heather Plutschak and husband Brad Plutschak, Matthew Dolesh and wife Linda Toumi Dolesh, Mark Dolesh and wife Leigh Ann Wimmel Dolesh, Michael Dolesh and wife Ashley Jensen Dolesh; and seven great-grandchildren, Hayden Plutschak, Molly Plutschak, Max Dolesh, Nikolina Dolesh, Alex Dolesh, Andrew Dolesh, and Noelle Dolesh

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, funeral and burial services will be private.  A memorial gathering will be planned for Phil at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Immanuel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund 17400 Aquasco Road, Brandywine, MD 20613, or to RES Homecare, 26595 Lawrence Adams Drive, Mechanicsville, MD, 20659, who will use donations made in Phil’s name to buy medical supplies for patients who cannot afford them.

Serving as pallbearers will be Russell Watson, Jr., Mitchell Watson, Matthew, Mark, and Michael Dolesh; Brad and Hayden Plutschak, and Kevin Garner.  Great grandson Max Dolesh will be an honorary pallbearer.

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