The Obit For Sam Watts


Published 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.

Born Nov, 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.

He enjoyed golf, bridge, crossword puzzles, and watching sports on TV.

Preceded 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.

The family thanks the staffs of Redstone Highlands of Greensburg and Family Hospice & Palliative Care for their devoted caregiving and family support.

Memorial 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.

Arrangements by the C. RICHARD McCAULEY FUNERAL HOME, INC., Youngwood, PA.
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