Lee was born October 28 1930 in Cumberland B.C. where he spent his first 34 years. In 1964, he moved his family to Campbell River where he enjoyed the remainder of his life. Lee made his final move on November 26, 2018 surrounded by his family and well cared for by the Campbell River hospital staff.
He had a varied and interesting work history, starting as a butcher, then a logger and a bread truck driver. He sold insurance and worked as a realtor and land developer for many years in Campbell River.
In retirement, Lee’s life remained lively. He was an active member of the Discovery Masonic Lodge and the Campbell River Shrine Club and a founding member of the Campbell River Go Kart Club. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and of the Tyee Club of British Columbia. He was an avid bridge and crib player. He looked forward to his annual trip to Comox Lake with the “Up the Lake Guys” where one doubts that fishing lines ever saw a drop of water.
Lee was friendly and down-to-earth and always had time to make a connection with the people he met. As a result, he cultivated many friendships that meant a lot to him. Most of all though, Lee loved his family and having everyone together for a family meal.
Lee was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Hannah Watson, his brothers Henry and Jack, his sister Edna and his son-in-law Peter Kruse.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Tommy Watson and his sister Kathleen (Kay) Watson.
Lee leaves behind three children, Joseph (Barbara), Lee-Ann and Dawn (Rick). He has five grandchildren, Brian (Colin), Sheryl (Troy), Brad (Shannon), Elise (Jon), Joel (Petra) and six great grandchildren, Kashton, Kaycen and Kingston Wride and Luke, Nicholai and Kate Spicer.
Last but not least Lee is survived by his faithful companion River who is roaming the compound looking for him.
A celebration of Lee’s life will be held at the Campbell River Community Hall located at 401- 11th Avenue, Campbell River, at 1 pm on Saturday December 1st.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Campbell River Shrine Club in Lee’s honour.