OBITUARY: John E. Watters III, 69

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — John E. Watters, III, age 69, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 9, 2021.

John was born on February 21, 1951 in Somerville, MA; he was the cherished son of the late John E. Watters, Jr. and Gertrude (McNulty) Watters. As a child, John lived in Wilmington before moving with his family to Arlington, but he always considered Wilmington “his home”. John spent his youth in Arlington and attended Arlington Public Schools.

John married his “true love” and best friend, Diane M. McLean in 1975; the couple lived in the city for several years before moving back to John’s beloved Wilmington in 1982, where they raised their wonderful children, Michael and Erin. John always made his family his number one priority; he was very devoted to his wife and children and he would do anything for them. The family shared many wonderful years together; whether it was a holiday, special celebration, family vacation or just and evening “hanging out” they truly enjoyed each other’s company and had a lot of fun throughout the years.

John had a great work ethic, prior to retiring, he was employed as a drywall finisher for the Painters and Allied Trades DC 35 for many years. Always the friendly one, John, made many long-time friends at work, he was always willing to go the extra mile to help his fellow co-workers.

John was a “people person”, he loved to socialize and make everyone he met feel welcomed. His charming personality and “Award winning smile” made him easy to talk to and easy to love; people were just drawn to him. John had a large network of friends including the life-long Wilmington friendships he kept, as well as the many close-knit friendships he made over the years. John met a new group of people while camping at Bentley’s Campground; they quickly became fast friends and they shared many fun times while camping and made many lasting memories.

To say John was a “giver” would be an understatement; he was always lending his time and talents to anyone and everyone in need. John looked out for everyone whether he knew you or not and he always put his own needs last. He loved people in general and it gave him great joy to help his family, friends, neighbors or a complete stranger; just to make someone else’s life a little easier. John especially enjoyed using his Kubota equipment; when there was a tornado in the Brimfield area that required assistance, John was right there with his equipment ready to volunteer.

In his spare time, John enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle; he took to the open road on many beautiful afternoons, traveling to new places, meeting new people and checking out new sights. He also loved spending time with his family, friends and his beloved cats, whether they were at home or out and about they always had a good time.

John will be fondly remembered for his kindness towards everyone he met as well as his warm, caring personality; everyone who met him loved him. John was “one in a million” and great guy who will forever be in the hearts of those he touched; he will forever be missed.

John was the beloved husband of Diane M. (McLean) Watters, devoted father of John E. Watters, IV & his wife Jody of CA, Michael P. Watters of Woburn, Erin K. Watters & her husband Jason Blundo of Worcester and the late Nicole Francoise, grandfather of Elizabeth, Mark, Julia, Richard and David, dear brother of Beverly Duggan & her husband the late Jim, Charlie Watters & his wife Bonnie, Linda Fullerton, the late Patricia Duggan and Gertrude Winn, brother-in-law of George McLean & his wife Pam, Michael McLean & his wife Donna, John McLean & his wife Anne and Daniel McLean & his wife Charlen. John is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, January 14th from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., (Rte. 38), Wilmington on Friday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required in the funeral home and church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

John E. Watters

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