It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jill Watson. We say death as Jill strongly disapproved of the term ‘passed away’ or any other such euphemisms.
Heather ‘Jill’ Watson was born in Montreal in 1946. Her parents, a military family that traveled a great deal in the 1950s, were Jack (aka Sailor) and Enid (aka Mitch). The family lived at various locations in Canada as well as Germany and Oklahoma. Jill spent her vast majority of her adult life in Ottawa. After a lengthy career as a civil servant, primarily at Agriculture Canada (where she made many long-lasting friendships), she retired in 2001. Jill was an intensely curious person and had a great deal of knowledge about a wide variety of topics. She was our very own Wikipedia before such a thing existed. Jill was also a huge fan of the television program Coronation Street and made numerous trips to Manchester to see the show (and its actors) first hand. Jill’s last UK trip was with her sister Jackie in 2015. Following a stay in London the sisters spent time in Rye on the south coast where they made memorable side trips to Dover and Winchelsea.
Jill will be endlessly missed by her brothers Rick (Jen) and Rob and well as her sister Jackie (Jim). At this time the family also continues to mourn brother John (Sue, Seb, Amanda and Kaylee). We would like to thank the kind and helpful staff at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. As per Jill’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. The next time you’re having coffee or a get together with friends and family have a laugh and think of Jill.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Lung Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.