Edward Glen Watson

December 26, 1950 - December 2, 2019
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Edward Glen Watson, 68, of North Port, died on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Ed was born on December 26, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia. He was the only child of Clifford and Annette (Calvitto) Watson. The family soon moved to Ed’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he would reside for most of his life. He was a graduate of Anderson High School, where he played baseball and football, and where his two boys would later attend. He was a devoted son, and after sadly losing his father at an early age he remained dedicated to his mom, later moving into her home in Florida to tirelessly care for her during a long illness before she passed away in 2016.
In his professional life, Ed was an exceptionally talented and hard-working salesman. He had a long and successful career with the Saalfeld Paper Company, throughout which he treasured the countless friendships he made in the business. He was a mentor to many. Over the years, he logged hundreds of thousands of miles in his Cadillac making sales calls from Indiana to West Virginia. He had a gift for connecting with people that made an impression not only on his colleagues, but on his children who would sometimes accompany him on those trips, and who would listen in wonder to their father as he made phone calls from his home office.
Ed was most proud of his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his son Zachary (Katrina) of Brooklyn, New York; his son Peter (Ashley), his daughter Annie Giesting and her children Hailey and Lucy, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; and his stepdaughter Dawn (Jason) Frisbie and her children Conner and Ryleighann, of Wilmington, Ohio. His beloved son in law Brad Giesting tragically died of cancer in 2016.
Ed was a loving and dedicated father. He took great joy in spending time with his kids, watching them grow up, and seeing their accomplishments. He was always eager to offer them advice, and they’ll always remember the many lessons he taught them.
His children fondly remember Sundays, when Dad would drive them downtown to the Sawyer Point playground as they listened to ‘Casey’s Top 40’ on the car radio. They loved the delicious breakfasts he made, and the shish kebabs, burgers, pork chops and steaks he’d grill out on the deck for dinner. They took happy family vacations to places like Florida, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Lake Cumberland, and they enjoyed attending many Reds and Bengals games together. They cherish the memories of all the fishing trips, ice cream at Graeter’s, and his mischievous sense of humor.
Weekends and holidays would often see big gatherings at the house with extended family and friends and plenty of good food and drinks. Ed loved to have fun, and he loved to show others a good time. His good friends brought so much happiness to his life – And he had a lot of them!
But Edward was most lucky to have found Edwina: The love of his life, his wife of 28 years, and wonderful stepmother and grandmother to his children and grandchildren. Ed and Winnie met while both working at Saalfeld Paper, and they seemed to be made for each other. The love they shared together was plain to see. They were a great match, and Winnie gave Ed the happiest years of his life. In recent years they retired to their beautiful home in Florida, and they enjoyed relaxing together, taking a memorable trip to Europe, having their grandchildren over to swim in the pool, and getting to know their many new friends in their new neighborhood. As Ed’s health declined, Winnie devotedly cared for him and remained steadfastly by his side. The comfort that her compassion and kindness brought Ed and their family during this time will be an endless source of gratitude for them all.  

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Born: December 26, 1950
Died: December 2, 2019

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Marilyn Senior posted on 12/11/19

Ed was a very generous and caring person and both he and Winnie always went out of their way for people, especially his mother. He was a wonderful son and father. We will all miss him.

 

Marilyn Senior posted on 12/11/19

Ed was a very generous man and also both he and his wife were very caring people. Nothing was too much trouble for them. He showed much love to his mother and faily. He will be missed by all who knew hom

 

Pete Gaylord posted on 12/11/19

I worked for the same company as Ed did. I enjoyed his insight and learned a lot from him. To the family: We are sad that he is no longer with us. I feel sorry for those who never got the chance to meet this a great man.

 

Marilyn Senior posted on 12/11/19

I will always remember Ed's generosity and the way he cared for others, especialy his mother. He was a faithful and loyal friend and was loved by many people.

 

Chuck Adomitis posted on 12/8/19

Ed and I were best friends in a relationship that started 54 years ago. I can not count the number of good times we shared and we were always there for each other during the bad times. Being a great family man Ed was very proud of Zack, Peter, Annie and Dawn. He was always supportive of their endeavors and always available to provide good advice. The love he had for Winnie was never ending and always shown in Ed’s special way. Ed’s passing leaves a hole in my life and heart as it does for many others. Rest In Peace my friend.

 

“P.D.” & Claudette Collin posted on 12/4/19

The loss of the greatest neighbor and friend anyone could ever dream of. In less than three years, Ed (and Winnie) has left an indelible memory of great and helpful friendship. Thank you, dear friend. You will be surly missed, but will remain very much alive in our hearts.

 

Mimi Hastings Albers posted on 12/4/19

The world has lost a true gem. Ed's unforgettable smile and laugh will make Heaven a brighter place. I always admired Ed and learned so much about life from him. So glad to have seen him in October at the Saalfeld reunion. I will keep Winnie and his children in my prayers. On a fun note, one of his constant sayings at work was "Zach needs a new pair of shoes." Though I only met him once, I always imagined that Zach had an entire room in the house full of shoes. Thanks for the fun memories, Ed.

 

Leslie (Adomitis) Skeans posted on 12/4/19

Friends for more than 40 years! So many memories running through my head the last few days, and in all of them I can hear *that* laugh. You all know the one, the Eddie laugh. Especially when he was making up some absurd information and trying to pass it off as "absolutely true. " I can hear it even now. Oh, Ed, you are going to be missed. I'm glad your pain is over. I'm so sorry for Winnie, Zach, Annie, Peter and Dawn. You leave a big empty space in all our lives, but biggest of all for them. Much love,

 

Brenda Duncan posted on 12/4/19

Ed was a neighbour and a new friend. I believe Ed to be a sincere person and an admirable family man. Wish I could have gotten to know him better, had several conversations with him and Winnie. They graciously looked after my friends dog Pandie for an overnight trip to Orlando.Ed ended up in hospital while we were gone. Somehow with the help of family and Winnie’s Mother they kept the dog and treated her royally when they were so busy getting Ed diagnosed and taken care of. All of that shows what kind of people Ed and Winnie are, to do a favour for a neighbour when they were in a crisis of their own. Many Thanks to a wonderful couple. God Bless Ed, your journey to the other side is over., your pain and suffering is over and you can rest in piece my friend.

 

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