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Charles Flagler Watson

March 20, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Charles Flagler Watson died peacefully, March 6, 2013, at age 99, surrounded by his three daughters in Rochester, N.Y.

Charles was born in Goldfield, Nev., at the Hotel Watson in 1913. Charles grew up in Westfield, N.Y., in Chautauqua County. He earned a Bachelor's of Science in commercial engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1936 and married Sara "Sally" Louise Limes from Greenfield, Ohio in 1939.

His professional life was devoted to corporate finance, serving as controller of The Todd Company, treasurer of General Railway Signal Company and treasurer of Bausch and Lomb, Inc. He was devoted to the Rochester community, especially the YMCA, Girl Scouts, Community Chest, SCORE, Third Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford.

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Charles Flagler Watson

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force. During his early married life, he traveled the Midwest with Sally as an auditor for Ernst and Ernst and the Goodrich Tire and Rubber Company. Following the war, he and Sally settled in Rochester where he continued his career in finance.

He loved the outdoors and teaching his three girls how to fish, hike, canoe and sail. Besides home, his favorite places were Mendon Ponds, Hemlock, Canadice and Canandaigua Lakes and Silver Bay on Lake George.

Charles is survived by his daughters, Nancy Margaret Watson (Nicholas Bensko) of Rochester, Susan Watson Moline (Robert) of Pittsford and Betsey Watson Kirk (Jeffrey) of Cherry Hill, N.J.; and grandchildren, Mollie M. Kirk (Jiho Lee) of New York City and Andrew Watson Kirk of Silver Spring, Md.

Charles was predeceased by his beloved wife, Sally Limes Watson.

His memorial service was held on Saturday, March 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 21 Church St., Pittsford, N.Y. Donations may be made in his name to the Silver Bay Association, Silver Bay N.Y. 12874. To share a memory of Charles or send a condolence to the family, visit



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