in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 16, 2010
94 years old of Greensburg, formerly of Baldwin Twp, Pittsburgh, died
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Redstone Highlands Greensburg.
1, 1915 in Los Angeles, CA, son of the late Samuel C. & Annie (Thompson) Watts,
he was raised in McAlisterville, PA. Over the years people knew him as Thompson,
Tom Tommy, "Red", & Sam.
He pitched for the Nittany Lions
baseball team and graduated in 1939 from Pennsylvania State College with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation. He then taught
and coached at Juniata Joint High School in Mifflintown PA He also pitched in
the Inter-State Baseball League.
On January 22, 1943, he married Ruth
M. Schultz before deploying in the Pacific as a Special Services Officer in Athletics
& Recreation during WWII. Honorably discharged as a Captain in 1946, he returned
to his former teaching job.
From Sept. 1946 until retiring in 1976, he
taught physical education and coached at Mellon Junior High school in Mt. Lebanon
School District, Pittsburgh while also earning a Master of Education Degree in
1950 from the University of Pittsburgh.
A former member of Southminster
Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon, he was involved with the YMCA, Lions Club,
Junior Achievement, American Legion, and the Penn State Alumni Assoc.
enjoyed golf, bridge, crossword puzzles, and watching sports on TV.
in death by his wife Ruth in 2008 after 65 years of marriage; son James T. Watts
in 2004; sister Jane W. McMillen and brothers Hugh C. Watts and James A. Watts.
Blessed with cherished memories are his daughter Susan M. (Thomas) Ayres
of Youngwood; grandchildren Todd R. (Sarah) Watts of Concord MA, Matthew R. (Kerry)
Ayres of Scottdale PA, Andrew N. (Kori) Ayres of Mexico NY, Jennifer R. (Scott)
Pennington of Greensburg PA. Great grandchildren Angus Watts; Madelyn and Rachael
Ayres; Brooklyn, Isaac, and Lincoln Ayres; Aiden and Natalie Pennington; brother
Robert G. Watts Sr. of McAlisterville PA; nieces, nephews and a cousin.
family thanks the staffs of Redstone Highlands of Greensburg and Family Hospice
& Palliative Care for their devoted caregiving and family support.
gifts may be made to Redstone Highlands (Benevolent Care Fund) 6 Garden Center
Dr, Greensburg, PA 15601 or the charity of choice.
Private burial will
be in Lost Creek Presbyterian Cemetery, McAlisterville, PA.
by the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, INC., Youngwood, PA.