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Robert Arthur Watson

Robert Arthur Watson, 77, formerly of Groton, Mass., died unexpectedly Monday the 24th of November, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Anne Corbin Watson, with whom he was most recently residing in Milford, Delaware, and with whom he would have celebrated 44 years of marriage on November 25th. They were inseparable, loving partners in life, living and working in many places from the Northeast coast to the great Southwest. He was also a loving father to his step daughter, Tami, who died in 2019, and who was as much a part of him as if he had been her flesh and blood.                 Together, Bob and Anne will ultimately rest in eastern Utah, near his wife’s childhood home, a place that he, too, felt very much a part of.
     “Bob” attended Groton public schools in his early years, and graduated from the Carpentry division of Lowell Trade School in 1960. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1961 and was proudly serving on the USS Intrepid, when it served as the primary recovery vessel for NASA’s first piloted Gemini mission, Gemini 3. On March 23, 1965, helicopters from Intrepid picked up astronauts John Young and Virgil “Gus” Grissom and their two-person capsule after their three-orbit, five-hour space flight. After leaving the military, Bob was a talented and highly skilled carpenter and construction superintendent.
     Robert, born with sister, Roberta, on December 30, 1942, was the youngest son of the late Arthur and Helen Watson, of Chicopee Row, Groton. The family farm was where the five Watson kids grew up and learned what was important in life. From his dad, Bob learned why it was important to apply yourself and do the best you can with what you’ve got. He also learned from him to be a gentle and kind man while living by the strength of your convictions. And most importantly, he learned to be proud of his Watson name and heritage. From his mom, he learned to be so proud of his dad, and all others who worked hard and earned an honest living. With his oldest brother, Ron, who died in 2019, and his surviving brother, Bill, he learned that brothers look out for each other. No matter what.
     From his sister, Jean, who died in 1986, he learned that you can live optimistically with just about anything thrown at you, if you just do it one day at a time. And keep the faith. With his twin sister, Roberta, he learned that you should hold hands and stick together; and you truly can love and be loved unconditionally, for a lifetime.
     In addition to his loving wife, Anne, his big brother, Bill, and twin sister, Roberta, Bob is survived by his granddaughter, Jessica, and grandson, Josh, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, who will remember his loving and kind heart, his gentle and understanding soul, and sometimes, his goofball sense of humor.
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