William Charles Watts Jr. , 70, passed away on January 23rd surrounded by his family following a ten year battle with multiple myeloma.
He was born June 22, 1949 in Youngstown, the son of William Charles Sr. and Rae (Saunders) Watts.
Bill graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1968 and joined the United States Air Force. He became an aircraft mechanic and served a tour of duty in South Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1972 having achieved the rank of Senior Airman.
After attending Y.S.U., he moved to the state of Maine and worked for Atlantic Sails. He also worked for the Maine Central Railroad as an engineer. Bill subsequently worked at boat-building and fire safety companies. Before leaving Maine to return to Poland, Bill worked for the Ciambro Construction Co.
Bill’s love of planes and flying eventually led him to return to his previous calling. He earned a license for aircraft power and airframe repair and worked in Pittsburgh for Republic Airlines.
Bill was a gentle soul, with a great sense of humor and a positive view of life. He will be dearly missed by his family.
Bill leaves his wife of 38 years, the former Jane Schwartz. He is also survived by his son Elliot Cover Watts (Lindsay) and his new grandson William Cover Watts. Additionally, Bill leaves his sister Nancy Harper (Rodgers), brother David (Linda), and sister Elizabeth Watts (Andrew Grandjean) as well as nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his son William Charles Watts III, his parents, William C. and Rae (Saunders) Watts, and his father and mother-in-law Forrest and Louise (Guttridge) Schwartz.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday January 28, 2020 at the Poland Presbyterian Church with Dr. Paul Anderson officiating. Friends may call from 12-12:45 prior to the services at the church.
Arrangements are by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.
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