RAYMOND — Charles R. Watt, 73, of Raymond, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 in the VA Medical Center, Manchester.
He was born in East Derry on Aug. 6, 1938, a son of Oscar and Ina (Smith) Watt. He was a resident of Raymond for the past six years, formerly living in Sandown. In 1936, Oscar Watt opened Watt's Auto Station and Salvage and Charles later took over as owner and operator until he retired in 2001. He owned and sponsored a racecar in the "Bomber" class at Hudson Speedway, Pine Speedway and Manchester Motordrome for many years. In 1958 his car was the Track Champion at Hudson Speedway. Having a lifelong, avid interest in racing of all forms, he helped to build and maintain racecars for local racing up until his recent illness. Having served in the U.S. Air Force, he was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post in Raymond. He was also a member of the Halcyon Club of Derry and past president of the Rockingham Snow Stormers. While in Sandown, he was a Little League baseball coach.
He is survived by his daughter, Bobbi Ann Dross of Holderness; three sons, John Patrick Watt and his wife Kristin of Peoria, Ariz., Daniel E. Watt of Derry, Charles "CT" Tenney Watt and his wife Linda of Sandown; five grandchildren, April Dross, Stevie Lee Dross, Cameron Watt, Jocelyn Watt and Craig Watt. He is also survived by his sister, Eleanor Barton of Londonderry; his brother, Carleton Watt of Stanwood, Wash.; and four nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Following cremation, burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Londonderry. Memorial donations may be made to the VA Medical Center, 718 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH 03104 (please earmark for the Hospice program). To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.