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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