Eric Watson Obituary, 71

Eric Watson, Obituary

Eric Watson, Obituary
Eric Watson
BLUE RIDGE, Georgia — There will be a memorial service in Woodstock at a later date for Eric Steele Watson who died unexpectedly on Sept. 1 at his home.
Eric was born on March 8, 1946 in Washington D.C. son of Anna Elizabeth (Wolstencroft) and James Goodrich Watson.
Upon graduating from Woodstock Union High School in Vermont in 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam for two tours of duty, earning the rank of E5.
Following his time in the service, he married Edris Fullerton in the fall of 1969 and enrolled at Southern Massachusetts University where he graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. The couple then returned to Woodstock, opening a retail store in 1975. Later, they opened Footprints at its current location in Woodstock where he was owner/operator for more than 30 years before eventually retiring to Blue Ridge.
Eric was a member of the First Congregational Church of Woodstock for many years and served as both a deacon and treasurer. He was also involved with Woodstock town government on the zoning board. He enjoyed attending Woodstock school sporting events and was active in Alumni with the Class of ’65. A lifelong reader, his appetite for the printed word was unending, which brought him much peace and happiness. In his later years, he enjoyed golf and a good cigar.
He is survived by his step-mother Hilde Watson; Edris Watson; two brothers James and wife Jeanne and Thomas and wife Jeannie; step-brother Evan and wife Sarah; half-siblings Cheryl-Ann and Scott Dudley; three children, Sudie, Brendon, and Elizabeth; three grandchildren, Emma, Jack, and Hannah; and many nieces and nephews.

This obituary will also appear in the September 8, 2017 edition of the Vermont Standard.


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  1. My sweetest memory of Eric is from my wedding reception. I had chosen a song for the father daughter dance and apparently my dad wasnt crazy about it so he left me on the dance floor to go change for something he liked. Eric joined me on the dance floor so I wouldnt be standing there alone. My dad returned. I had 2 sweet dances. One with my dad and one with Eric. Love ya Eric. Rest in peace

  2. I am his halfsibling Cheryl Dudley. My sweerest memory if Eric is at my wedding reception in 2008. I had picked a song for my father and I to dance to but my father didnt like it soo he left me in the middle if the dance floor by myself to go change the song. Eric came over and danced with me so I wouldnt be standing there alone on the dance floor til dad came back.Thankyou for that sweet gesture. Love you Eric..Rest in peace.

  3. My husband Richard and I met Eric a few years ago through a friend and became friends with this transplanted northerner. Eric was a kind and gentle person and we so enjoyed his company. Having dinner together, playing board games or just sitting on the porch and enjoying the evening or discussing books and ideas……he was always a gentleman. He will be missed. Susie and Richard Guerreiro

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