Clements George Watson
We are saddened to announce the passing, on November 13th, 2010, of Clements George Watson, “in his 96th year”. Clem died peacefully in the Vernon Hospice House with son George, daughter in law Judi, and grand dog ‘Charlie’ by his side. Clem was born April 1st (really), 1915 in Edinburgh Scotland and was raised in the Vancouver area, graduating from Magee Secondary School in 1933. He served in the Canadian Military as a Training Officer and met his beloved Ann in Dundurn Sask. in 1944. The war ended 6 months before Clem’s regiment was to be deployed to the Pacific Theater. Clem and Ann married on September 27th 1946 and resided in Vernon from that date onward. Clem was the bulk agent for Home Oil Distributors (1946 – 1975), Manager of the Vernon Golf Club for 6 years and Case Counsellor for the Federal Business Development Bank for 10 years. He joined the Vernon Golf Club in 1946 and served several terms as President. He was also Club Champion 9 times and enjoyed several epic matches over the years with Art Lefroy, Haz Nolan, Dr. Sam Hannah, Wally Janicki, Doug Cole and incoming club president Greg Betts. Clem, along with Dolf Brown, ‘witched’ the first well on the course and chaired the committee which put in grass greens. Clem also was responsible for much of the current 18 hole design. Among Clem’s long list of golfing accomplishments was the fact that he shot his age every year from age 70 to age 94!! He was also proud of winning the Vancouver City Junior Golf Championship in 1933 and most recently (10 years ago) that he and son George won the BC Parent Child Golf Championship when Clem was 85 and George was 53!!! A student of the game, he enjoyed giving lessons to family and friends; many golfers came to Clem for help with their games… he was fondly known as ‘coach’… he gave his last golf lesson while sitting on the edge of his bed in Hospice House, two weeks before he died. One of the most positive kind well respected businessmen Vernon has known, Clem also coached and managed minor hockey and baseball teams in the 50’s and 60’s. Many a young hockey player had his start on the outdoor rink Clem always built behind the middle “Little Brick House” still standing on 32nd Street. He was Secretary Treasurer of the Senior “A” Okanagan Hockey League during the 1950’s heyday of the Canadians, Packers, Chiefs and Vees. An ardent sports fan, Clem was also a consummate family man and enjoyed watching his family grow into strong contributing citizens. His keen and current interest in any and all aspects of his kids, grandkids and great grandkids development was appreciated by all and will be sorely missed. In the last 30 years he and Ann enjoyed travelling in their motor home and showing off their beautiful province to friends and relatives alike. Clem leaves behind his son George (Judi) of Cranbrook, step son Don Hagel (Bev) of Parksville, son in law Lea Wegleitner of Kelowna, grandchildren Donna Toulmin (Nick) of Oakville, Dean Wegleitner (Gillian) of Vancouver, Lynn Best (Dean) of Red Deer, Mike Wegleitner (Nicole) of Vancouver, Dixie Toliver (Deane) of Okotoks, Kerri Lockwood (Trevor) of Okotoks, Tricia Hansen (Warren) of Calgary, Shelly Burnham (Mark) of Calgary, Carol Hagel of Sidney and Suzie Hagel of Nanaimo. Clem also leaves behind great grandchildren Trevor, Grant, Kayla, Kade, Tyson, Lexi, Mathew, Mark, Teah, Gunnar, Brodie, Libby, Brennen, Hayden, Rylan, Michael and Susanne as well as his honorary children Joe and Eve Mohos and their daughters Sylvie and Milly. Clem was predeceased by his parents (George / Mary), his brother and sister in law (Bob / Mabel) his daughter in law (Judy), his wife (Ann) and his daughter (Carol).
The family would like to extend their thanks to the following for all the care and support given to Clem, particularly during the last 18 months when he was struggling with congestive heart failure… to Dr. Gilhooly for his years of excellent medical care, Team #3 from Interior Health Community Services for taking such great care of him over the last year (and letting him win the occasional game of crib), Staff and Volunteers of Vernon Hospice House for making his last month peaceful, and close friends Ian Kelly, Donna Goller, Larry & Carol Jorde and Eve and Joe Mohos for always checking on him and making sure he was “OK”.
A Celebration of Life honouring Clem Watson will be held at the Vernon Golf and Country Club on Saturday, January 15th at 1:30 pm (reception to follow at the club). Interment of ashes will precede the celebration of life
In lieu of flowers donations in Clem’s honour should be made out to the Vernon Hospice House.