Roger Watson

Profile Updated: September 9, 2017
Residing In: Shippensburg, PA USA
Spouse/Partner: Patricia Colyott
Occupation: Insurance agent
Children: Scott 1969
Nicole 1973
Stacey 1975
Jessica 1978
Military Service: USMC  

Peter, Joshua, Benjamin, Will, Sadie and Julia - These include two sets of twins. Sure tough to see them get old - my oldest is 13 now. Hard to believe he'll be driving in 3 years. What is it about getting older the years seem to speed up. It's like we only get 300 days while everyone else is getting 365.

Which Junior High School did you attend?


Which Elementary school(s) did you attend?

Williams Elementary School

Are you on


Do you have an alternate mailing address? or both work and would make acceptable backups.

Where were you when President Kennedy was shot? Describe the scene.

Returning from a visit to Newton South with a wonderful person whose identity shall remain secret since we were engaged in an unsponsored, unsupervised road trip.

Who was the person who most influenced your life? (For good or bad) What did they do to affect you? How is this influence affecting you today?

My grandfather and grandmother - I cannot blame them for my failures but whatever I have been able to accomplish in life can be traced back to their influence and love.

If you won a large Lottery prize, what would you do with the money?

Besides pay taxes?

What memories do you have of grade school or Jr. High?

These were the best of times. Outside of my family and a few others, I feel closer to my elementary school classmates than anyone. There is not much that I wouldn't do for them.

They were an incredible bunch of kids. Talk about being blessed.

Books or Movies that had a profound impact on your life

Battle Cry by Leon Uris

The worst moment of your life:

The deaths of many loved ones, close friends, and fellow Marines make this a plural statement there have been many.

The BEST moment of your life:

The births of each of my children are hard to top and like the previous questions this is also plural statement - these birth are closely followed by the births of my graandchildren.

Accomplishments you are most proud of:

My personal accomplishments are of little consequence, the accomplishments that have given mte the most joy were those reached by people I was fortunate enough to be part of their lives. The people that my children have grown up to be in spite of me are at the top of my list.

OK - the biggie: What have you been doing for the last FIFTY years?

Learning, growing, failing, learning, growing, failing and the beat goes on. I have learned more and grown more in my failures - so wow have I grown. I suspect that that will be my pattern until the day comes when I cannot fail anymore.

AND.... what have you planned for the NEXT 50...?

See above :)

What would you like to be most remembered for?

That I was able to make a difference in at least one person's.

Current Pet Peeve?

I can't respond to this - it is already difficult enough for me to cross the border into Massachusetts - If I made my pet peeve public I'd be hit with a lifetime ban.

Did you ever skip school?

Has the statue of limitations on this run out? Is there security that will keep my grandchildren from hearing about this?

Oh yeah - it was one of my favorite pastimes - in fact some may say that I was majoring in absenteeism.

Where have you lived? States, countries, continents... did you move much?

Africa, Asia - MA, SC, NC, GA TX, IN, CA, ME, VA, FL and cameo appearances in many others.

Can you (still!) drive a stick shift? What kind of car do you have now? What was your favorite car that you owned? Did you ever get your dream car? Where did you get your license? (How many time did you have to take the test ?)

Absolutely. My favorite car as a 1990 Ford Taurus SHO. Got my license in West Newton on my 1st attempt.

Which college (or other higher education) did you attend?

University of Maine (Orono)

Which Reunions have you attended?


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Roger Watson has left an In Memory comment for Kenneth O'Connell.
Nov 30, 2018 at 12:33 PM

I have struggled with writing these comments about Kenny, ever since Alan Crosby told me of his death. I expect some of you may feel that this not the right forum for my comments but I believe that we should learn from those who die and Kenny's death has brought that home to me.

Kenny and I played football together in our junior and senior years and other than that there was not a real connection between us, more acquaintances than friends. However, his death has caused me to have to face a severe failing within me and perhaps you as well.

When I read Alan's brief words and the simple statement of his obituary, something struck a nerve within me. What I am about to write is based on an assumption about Kenny's death, an assumption that I would happily be corrected on.

From the obituary to Kenny's cause of death, Alzheimer's, it struck me that Kenny may have died alone. Alzheimer's is a disease that locks a person in solitary darkness cut off from the world. My pain stems not from just the passing of a teammate but the picture in my mind of Ken entering into that abyss by himself without support, encouragement and a friendly face or word to take with him on that journey. How many of my classmates are in that situation, facing the world and death without someone to walk the last part of that journey with them. 

In the Marine Corps, and likely other branches of service, there is a silent promise that no Marine will be left behind and that pertains not just to the battlefield but whenever the opportunity arises to help one who has been "wounded." Kenny was wounded and seemingly left behind. I left him behind.

Do you know of one of our classmates who is in need of encouragement, a kind word, or even just a chance to know that one or some of his or her classmates remember them? Would a call or a letter from me have made Kenny better - no. Would a call or a message from me have made a difference in his journey, perhaps? I will never know. Would a call or a message from you make a difference? Find out now or you may never know.

If you know of a classmate or classmates in similar circumstances or could just use a word from an old classmate, please share that person with others so they can respond. I believe it will make a vast difference in their lives and our own. It is too late for me to have a relationship with Kenny but it is not too late for me to add meaning to Kenny's life and death. Let's find a forum where we can share with each other the names and contact points of classmates you know, that many of us also know, that are struggling for whatever reason so that we can reach out to them.  

None of our classmates should be left behind. I wish I hadn't left Kenny behind.

Dave Bliss is someone who could use an encouraging word from any of you that would reach out to him.  Dave's wife's name is Debbie. You may have to reintroduce yourself to David.

           Contact Info: Address - 1725 Republic St, San Diego, CA 92114 

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Roger Watson has left an In Memory comment for James Hoover.
Nov 27, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Reading Jimmy's obituary, looking at the pictures provided, there is no mistaking that this is the Jimmy Hoover I knew as a classmate and teammate. He was blessed with an easy smile, with empathy, and with compassion. Jimmy possessed the simplest of all human traits, the trait that so many of us can not make our own -  Jimmy was kind.

From the football field, in combat, and as a family man, he put others before himself. In a world where we are looking for recognition from others, where we want people to know how important we are, how precious we are, how successful we are or not, we have become a self-absorbed society, and it is so easy to get caught up in that. James (Jimmy) Hoover represents, for me the very antithesis of that mindset. 

Jimmy and I had little interface over the years if any but his death and his obituary has caused me to look in the mirror and ask the simple question - am I kind, would people who know me call me kind. Jimmy set the bar high.

It is not how long we live but how well we live - Jimmy lived well. We could do worse than to be a bit more like Jimmy than we are today. Rest in peace Jimmy. Thank you! 

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Posted on: Sep 19, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Hi Betty

I wanted to thank for your comments about Cheryl. She was indeed a special person. She was a person who was far more giving than taking. Like many with her nature those of us who were privileged to know her were better people for it. I met her through her brother David. And she was one of the silent ones that truly helped make our class better. Thanks for reminding us that while she did not walk to get her diploma, she was a worthy representative of our class.

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Posted on: Sep 09, 2017 at 1:04 PM

This is for all of my classmates living in Florida and the surrounding states that are liable to be impacted by Irma. I want you to know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. I know the feelings you may be experiencing: anxiety, nervousness, fear, anger, outside your control and worry. Take a deep breath, take ten seconds to let your breath out and repeat. Do that 10 times and see if that doesn't relax you. Remember you are not going to change the fact about the situation you and your family are in but none of the above will change that. The only thing that will impact your circumstances is how you deal with things. Please remember you are not alone. There are many in the same situation, and you have family and friends that love you and care for you. You are in their thoughts and prayers. No you are not alone. If there are things that we can do to help you and your family, please contact me. I am not in the miracle business, but I know some that are and we will help you anyway we can.Please contact me: 717-658-7114 or email: We are your classmates and that means a lot. There is a gorgeous day just ahead of you, the hurricane will pass and the sun will come up and life will begin a new.

God bless you and believe me when I say - you are loved. Be safe and journey well.

Roger Watson

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Posted on: Jun 02, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Paul, your presence and your lovely wife Doedie's just added to the magic of this reunion. I realize you came along way but I am so very glad that you did. Your were an important part of an event that will not soon be diminished in my memory banks.

Thank you for being there.

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May 28, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Paul, thanks for the update on Peter - I hate to have someone I know on that list and not at least say something. It is encouraging for me to hear that he was doing good things.

I look forward to having a chance to follow up with you over the weekend.

See you soon!

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Posted on: May 21, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Anne, I just caught your occupation and website - nice website and looks like you have had fascinating career. You are the 2nd fine art appraiser I know - the other is one of my daughter's. Her's is an interesting journey but the short version is that she graduated from with a Master Degree in Fine Art from Southeby's, worked there for a while in NYC, she also lived Brooklyn (DUMBO (?)). Went over to Christy's for a while and is currently woking for the IRS in the Fine Art Appraisal unit. A long way of saying I might have something of an appreciation for what you do. See you soon.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:32 AM
I am holding twin grandsons Joshua and Benjamin - vintage 2004. Not quite so easy to do today.