John Deforest Watson

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John F. WatsonJohn Deforest Watson (49) passed away on October 5, 2022, in Walpole, New Hampshire. He died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by love.

John was born in Albany, New York to Margaret (Schimmel) Watson and grew up outside of Saratoga Springs. Following high school graduation from the Darrow School, John worked for many years as an accomplished tradesman in various disciplines, though welding and pipe fitting remained his favorite.

John was a mechanical, mathematical, and technical genius. Despite never attending college, he effortlessly passed the NH engineering licensing exam and subsequently worked nationally, designing, developing, and optimizing a diverse range of plants and factories. He took great pride in his professional reputation and was truly happiest when his mind and body were at work.

He enjoyed working in the woods, snowmobiles, watercross, white water rafting, snowshoeing, and aerospace. He was an attentive and affectionate cat-dad. He was selfless, generous, gentle, and sweet. John was beloved by many throughout all his days.

He leaves behind his proudest accomplishment and son, Cahner. Other survivors include his previous partner and close friend Catherine Ingram, her children Maria and Enrique Ingram Mendez, sisters Susan Coyner, Christina Bresnahan, Allison Watson, and a brother Stephen Watson.

A brief reception and celebration are scheduled for Monday, October 17, 2022, at 10:00 at Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr. Guilford, Vermont 05301. Followed by a graveside service at Christ’s Church, 5 Calvin Coolidge Hwy. Guilford, Vermont 05301.

Donations in memory of John can be made to:

Monadnock Kitty Rescue & Adoption
P.O Box 468
Jaffrey, NH 03452 or

Groundworks Homelessness Shelter
P. O. Box 370
Brattleboro, VT. 05302.

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Homes and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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