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John P. Watson

October 7, 1942 - July 14, 2018

John P. Watson, 75, of Punta Gorda, Florida died Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Tidewell Hospice House, Port Charlotte, Florida.

John was born Oct. 7, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts to the late John H. and Minn (Pierce) Watson. He was a retired special education teacher in Providence, Rhode Island. John was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot. John and his wife, Patricia moved to Punta Gorda in 2005 from Narragansett, Rhode Island. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Punta Gorda.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Patricia A. Watson of Punta Gorda; a daughter, Heather M. Swistak of Ballston Spa, NY; a son, John Watson of West Warwick, RI; a brother, David Watson of Cape Code, MA; and 3 grandchildren, Emma Patricia Swistak, Christopher Ryan Swistak, III and Avery Catherine Swistak.

Committal services and interment with military honors by a U.S. Air Force Honor Guard will be held at later date at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 211 W. Charlotte Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Friends may visit at to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Punta Gorda Chapel.


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Sarasota National Cemetery

9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

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