William (Bill) Watson

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Lyme, N.H. — William (Bill) Watson died Wednesday, June 27th at the age of 66 in his home in Lyme, surrounded by family. He was born Sept. 21 1951 in Concord, N.H. the son of James and Margaret (Nims) Watson. Bill graduated from Concord High in 1969 and completed a post graduate year at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine. He then attended New England College in Henniker, N.H. where he graduated with a degree in Sociology in 1974.

Bill was a consummate athlete. As a child in Concord, he could be found daily at White’s Park with his brother and friends in the neighborhood. At New England College, he played 3 years of varsity baseball as a pitcher and 4 years of varsity hockey as a defenseman, where he was voted captain for 3 seasons. Bill will be recognized for his athletic contributions to New England College in September, when he will be inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame.

After college, Bill coached hockey at Concord High and Tilton Academy. Later, he was a member of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association N.H. chapter. As he grew older, he could be found skating around Lake Morey and looked forward to an annual skating reunion with his college hockey teammates. In the summer, he enjoyed golfing with friends and family and was always found with his iconic leather golf bag, one of his few prized possessions.

Bill married his wife Robin in Hopkinton, N.H. in 1989 where they lived briefly before moving to Dorset, Vt. and eventually Lyme, N.H. with their two children William and Caroline.

Bill will be remembered for his upbeat demeanor and remarkable sense of humor. His wide smile and loud chuckle would always light up any room. Bill was a selfless and devoted husband and father. He enjoyed coaching his children’s basketball teams through elementary and middle school as well as playing whiffle ball in the backyard and making trips to the beach. Most recently, he worked at Blaktop paving following multiple years at Morrill Construction. He rarely took vacations and worked until nearly the day he died to provide for his family.

Bill is survived by his wife Robin, his daughter Caroline, his son William, his brother James and his sister Sally.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Aug. 4th at 11a.m., at the Lyme Congregational Church in Lyme, N.H. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of New England College Hockey: P.O Box 1233 Concord, NH 03302-1233. Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com