Frank W. Watson, 61, truck driver, guitarist

August 14, 2004

Frank W. Watson, a retired truck driver and antiques collector, died of brain cancer Wednesday at his Rosedale home. He was 61.

He was born and raised in East Baltimore and graduated in 1960 from the old Samuel Gompers General Vocational School at North Avenue and Broadway.

He worked for several years as a copy boy in the newsroom of The Sun before going to work in the late 1960s as a truck driver for Esskay Quality Meat Co.

For the last five years until retiring last year because of failing health, Mr. Watson was a truck driver for Lipton foods in Baltimore.

He was an accomplished guitar player who performed blues, country and rock 'n' roll classics for the past 16 years in area nightclubs. He also enjoyed crabbing and collecting antiques, especially Depression-era glassware.

He was married for 24 years to Marie Lauer, who died in 1989.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today at St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Chesaco Ave., Rosedale.

Mr. Watson is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Kelly; three sons, David W. Watson and John Watson, both of Rosedale, and Michael P. Watson of Baltimore; a daughter, Lori A. Watson of Perry Hall; three brothers, Dave Watson of Parkville, Lawrence Watson of Rosedale and Charles Watson of Canton; three sisters, Mary Tennaglia of Canton, Virginia Myers of Perry Hall and Shirley Watson of Baltimore; a stepson, A.J. Mignini of Fallston; two stepdaughters, Deborah Liberto of White Marsh and Tonia Kibec of Glen Burnie; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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