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John G. “Jack” Watson

  • On August 16, 2022

John G. “Jack” Watson, age 98 of Upper St. Clair formerly of Forest Hills. On August 15, 2022 passed peacefully and in conversation with his God. Loving husband of the late Helen Milligan Watson who was forever his best friend. He had great love for his daughters Rebecca Ferrari (deceased), Claire Thornburgh, Susan Watson and Gretchen Stokes. He was in great joy of his grandchildren Lindsay Ferrari, Jessica Redmond, Caitlin Springer, Meghan Nageotte, Justin Thornburgh, Allison Kaye Stokes, Jackson Stokes, Elizabeth Stokes, great grandchildren McKenna Jordan Springer and Sloane Rebecca Redmond. To these, he will always be their Hanker.

Jack served in the U.S. Marines with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific Theater 1942-1946. He graduated from Penn State in 1951. Jack was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair and a resident of Sunrise Assisted Living in Upper St. Clair.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Internment will be at the National Cemetery of Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Rd., Bridgeville, PA 15017 with full military honors on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road

Pittsburgh PA 15241 or to the Veterans Breakfast Club at veteransbreakfastclub.org/donate or by check to Veterans Breakfast Club, 200 Magnolia Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15228

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Rick Erisman
Jack Watson was a regular participant in the Heinz History Center's Eyewitness to History: U.S. Military Veteran Experience Classes for students. He shared his Iwo Jima military service experiences to them with emotion. He will be missed. May he Rest in Peace!
Colonel Brad Washabaugh, USMC (ret)
I came to know Jack through the Veterans Breakfast Club. Jack's stories about World War II and his actions on Iwo Jima were telling of this man's devotion to his fellow Marines and his undaunting courage in combat. From the Marines' hymn: "If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven's scenes; They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines.” Rest in peace Jack--Heaven welcomes you! Semper Fidelis,