Leal “Dolly” Watson, 3/29/1935 - 5/30/2021
WINDSOR - Leal “Dolly” Watson passed away peacefully at his home on May 30, 2021. He is survived by his wife and life partner of 42 years, Marlene, seven kids, fifteen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. Born on March 29, 1935, Dolly was the only child of Simone and Leal Joseph Watson. Nicknamed “Dolly” as a child because of his baby curls, bright blue eyes, and doll-like resemblance, the name stuck throughout his life (as did his good looks). He spent a large part of his childhood with his grandparents, Remi and Marie LaFrance Michaud.
Dolly worked as a painter for the state of Maine. Among his many projects, he once painted the interior of the dome of the State House in Augusta. Dolly loved the Maine outdoors through all four seasons. He spent every free minute camping, hunting, fishing, boating, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, or riding a motorcycle. He preferred Dodge trucks and going fast. Dolly had an appetite for adventure, especially if it involved anything that was outfitted with wheels or tracks. Indeed, he had many motorized “toys” in his eighty-six years. Through his adventures, Dolly crisscrossed the state of Maine, believed it to be the most beautiful place, and couldn’t imagine a need to ever leave.
Dolly was pre-deceased by his parents and two grandsons, Zachary True and Trevor Collins.
Dolly’s seven children and their spouses are: Dana Watson and his wife Son Yong, Darleen Hoague and her husband Tim Varney, Debra Jean and her husband Brent Potter, Diana True and her husband Howard, Darrell Watson and his wife Cheryl, Kevin Watson and his wife Yvonne, and Shannon Collins and her husband Michael.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 6 from 2pm to 4pm at Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Windsor. A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 7 at 11am at Rest Haven Cemetery, Rt. 32, Windsor.