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Edward Neumann Watson

November 1, 1930 ~ April 2, 2018 (age 87)

Edward Neumann Watson, of West Chester, passed peacefully on April 2, 2018.  He was born in Philadelphia on November 1, 1930 to Thomas Stordy Watson, III and Mildred Neumann.  He grew up in the West Oak Lane neighborhood and attended Saint Athanasius elementary school. He graduated from Germantown High School in 1949.  He married Theresa Kardish with whom he had five children, Christine, Ellen, Edward, Jr., John (sbc), and Jeanne.  In November 1969, he married a second time to Kathleen Smith with whom he had two daughters, Elizabeth and Rebecca.  He married a third time to Catherine Petti Watson.  

Ed first worked as an auto mechanic for Lincoln-Mercury and had a life-long passion for cars.  He enjoyed going to car shows and auto-related museums.  In the 1960s, he switched careers and built single-family homes throughout Delaware and Chester Counties.  In the 1980s he began working as an electrician for Malaney Electric in West Chester and worked there until his retirement. 

Ed loved the ocean and especially the Jersey Shore.  In later years he spent much time in Brigantine.  He was a past-president of the Carousel Condominium association in Brigantine.  Another passion was flying.  He had his private pilot’s license and owned a succession of small airplanes. In retirement, he was a volunteer at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester.  He preferred traditional Latin Mass, attending the one at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Norristown. 

In addition to Catherine, Ed is survived by his children, Christine (Glenn) Bozar, Jeanne Watson, Rebecca (Jason) Sells and Elizabeth Calhoun; grandchildren Julia Watson, Stephen Bozar, Emily Rames, Vincent Rames, Sean Calhoun and Lucy Sells.  The family is grateful to the Schuster family for their continued support of Ed.

He was pre-deceased by his brother, Thomas Stordy Watson, IV, his son Edward, Watson, Jr., his daughter Ellen Rames and a grandson, Philip Watson. 

A memorial service is being planned for a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The American Helicopter Museum, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester, PA 19380 or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 454 Fairfield Rd., Norristown, PA 19401.

Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 610-696-1181

Donations may be made to:

The American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Blvd, West Chester PA 19380

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
454 Fairfield Rd., Norristown, PA 19401

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