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Gerald D. Watson -- Feb. 14, 2018

Gerald D. Watson of Lockport died February 14, 2018 under the loving care of Niagara Hospice and family. Born September 13, 1928 to the late William W. Watson and Margaret Watson (Anderson).

Jerry attended Lockport schools and graduated from Lockport Senior High School in 1947 where he was an accomplished athlete and scholar. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Alleghany College where he played running back for the Alleghany “Gators”. After graduating from college, Jerry was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and by the United States Army. He served in the US Army with combat service in Korea as an infantry sergeant. He received his Law degree from the University Of Buffalo Law School. Prior to graduating law school Watson worked at Harrison Radiator Division of General Motors and Simons Saw and Steel. In 1962, Watson was elected City of Lockport Police Justice. In 1966, he joined with attorney Anthony Ben and formed the Law offices of Ben and Watson. Gerald also served as City Court Judge sitting in the civil and criminal courts for most of his career and was the President of the Lockport Bar Association. A lifelong athlete, Jerry enjoyed playing golf, football, pole vaulting, coached and played in local softball leagues. He loved visiting the Lockport Public Library and having breakfast with dear friends every morning. He never missed the annual trip to the Notre Dame home opener. Watson could always be seen with his wife, Dolores on the sidelines of his children and grandchildren’s hockey, soccer, baseball, softball, football and volleyball games. GO WATTY!

Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Dolores (Gervaise) and is the proud father of Cindy Kelsey (the late Gary) Comstock, Robert (Lori Jo) Watson, Sally (Mike) Holtz, Patty Watson, David (Denise) Watson and William (Sue) Watson. Grandfather to Jennifer, Jeremy, Garrett, Brandon, Douglas, Brittany, Kimberlyn and Isabella. Great grandfather to Connor, Cayden and Camdem. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Danielle Watson and son-in-law Gary Comstock.

There will be no prior visitations. Private services to be held at the convenience of the family. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial donations can be made to the Lockport Public Library and Niagara Hospice.

On line condolences at pruddenandkandt.com.

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