WATSON: Rev. Thomas Melville of Elgin Manor, St. Thomas
Rev. Thomas Melville Watson (1920-2013)
Pastor Tom Watson peacefully entered into his eternal rest on February 16th, 2013, at Elgin Manor, surrounded by loving and devoted family members. Tom was in his 93rd year.Tom grew up in London where he met his sweetheart Phyllis Hammond. Tom served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Chaplain’s assistant during WWII. He married Phyllis in 1946 and God blessed them with almost 65 years of marriage. He attended London College of Bible Missions (LCBM) and graduated in 1949. He served the Lord faithfully, starting out in Christian Service Centres and then pastoring Fellowship Baptist churches in Burford, Scotland, Tillsonburg, Langstaff (Thornhill), Port Lambton, Woodstock and St. Thomas, over a period of close to 60 years. Tom is remembered for his godly example of sacrifice, humour and unconditional love. He prayed faithfully for his family and the ministries that he was connected with. He led his congregations faithfully and was considered a “Pastor to all those in need”. He inspired his children as well as countless other ‘children’ to follow in his footsteps. He humbly deflected praise toward Jesus Christ who he trusted as his Lord and Saviour. He was a good man who served a great God! He loved preaching, spending time with his family and church family, and reading Christian books. Cherishing his memories are his 5 children: Grace Fyfe, Peter (Joanne), Paul, Doug (Sharon) and Jan; 11 grandchildren: Angie, Kerrie, Tim, Brock,Stacey, Dylan, Jaimie, Erin, Katie, Rachel and Nadine; 9 great-grandchildren: Nick, Jessica, Cayla, Andrew, Ben, Jordan, Nathan, Spencer, Logan; and 2 great-great-grandchildren: Ethan, Ariana, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom is predeceased by his wife Phyllis (Hammond), his mother Annie (Watt), his father James, his brothers Ralph and George and his sisters Margaret Fenn, Beatrice Mackenzie and Helen Storey, and his son-in-law Tom.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Friday, February 22nd, at 12 Noon, at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 Wellington St, St Thomas, with Pastor Doug Watson and Dr. Gerry Benn participating. Lunch will be served after the service. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 21st, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Eastwood Baptist, and on Friday, February 22nd, at 11 am at Eastwood Baptist. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Key Bible Clubs or the Gideons Bible Society. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas in charge of arrangements.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15