MATTHEW ROBERT WATSON

Bob died May 16th, 2004 at the MSA Hospital, Abbotsford, B.C. five days after the death of his wife of 61 years, his beloved Nellie. Both will be interred at the Masonic Cemetery, 4305 Halifax St., Burnaby, B.C. on Saturday, May 22nd at 2:00 p.m.

Bobby was born in the Whitehorse General Hospital, Sept. 12, 1915, the eldest child of Hazel and Matthew Watson, Yukon Pioneers. Bob was raised in Carcross, with siblings Bill, Jean (Scotty) and Douglas joining the family in turn while their parents operated a General Store, Fox and Mink Fur Farm and Rental Cabins.

Bob worked with his father at the Store and Ranch until 1942 when he started towing barges of logs for the U.S. Army and general contractors during the building of the Alaska Highway.

Bobby met Nellie in 1941 when Nellie came north to further her nursing career. They were married on April 26, 1943 in Carcross. He and Nellie stayed in Whitehorse until 1959, when thety moved to Carcross and bought Matthew Watson General Store from Bob’s dad.

Bob joined the Masons in 1948 and maintained an interest in the work all these years. Bob adn Nellie retired to Abbotsford, B.C. in 1990 where they enjoyed their retirement years in a friendly and comfortable environment. There, and in the North, Nellie and Bob were visited many times by family, friends and acquaintances.

Bob is mourned by his brother Douglas and wife Janet, special niece Janie Brown and her husband Larry, and many nieces and nephews and their families.