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Mervin "Pepper" Watson

Mervin "Pepper" Watson Obituary

Mervin (Pepper) Albert Watson, 89 years old, of Success passed away peacefully on July 6, 2023 at the Clover House in Swift Current with family at his side.  Mervin, nicknamed Pepper, was born on October 22, 1933 in Success, Saskatchewan, and  the youngest of five children.  He started kindergarten in a three room school in Success.  In his Grade 1 year, he just happened to meet a little girl named Edith, (his future wife), who he thought at the time was pretty cute!  As a young man, Mervin enjoyed working at the family farm, as well as the companionship of his siblings, and his horse named Pepper.  Education was a priority for his family, and Mervin successfully completed his Grade 12 at Success School.  In 1953, he started working for an oil rig company called Double A Drilling, as well as helping his Dad build a house in Success.  On November 14, 1953, he finally got to marry Edith at the Success United Church with the reception at the Success Hall.  They moved into the old Watson farm house.  Shortly after their marriage, Mervin, Abe Froese, and the lineman for the Wheat Valley Telephone Company put up lines and installed phones at their house, the Froese’s, and Charlie Bowditch’s.  In 1975, they moved into their brand new Nelson home which they had built.  Over the years as a farmer, Mervin grew grain and raised various livestock.  He also drove the school bus for a number of years.  He served on the Success School Board, Success United Church Board, Wheat Pool committee, and Wheat Valley Telephone Board.  Mervin had a terrific sense of humour, and was skilled at a variety of things such as carpentry, mechanics, the perfect carving of a turkey, an excellent memory of times past, and being a patient teacher with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Some of his favourite pastimes were playing golf, enjoying nature, as well as attending the Swift Current Broncos hockey games and Swift Current ‘57’s baseball games.  He also had a love for travelling as well as the history that went along with the destination.  Some of his journeys with family led him to London, Paris, Rome and Montreal, and places closer to home such as Cypress Hills Provincial Park.  Mervin also enjoyed his daily visits to the coffee shop at the Success Hall, where he had wonderful times with friends in the community, and loved playing a round or two of cards while he was there.  While community and friendships meant a great deal to him, family was the biggest priority.  He said that if family stuck together they could get through anything.  He thoroughly enjoyed family events such as wiener roasts, gardening, birthday parties and seasonal celebrations throughout the year.  Mervin never tired of hearing about the news and accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and was so proud of each and every one of them. He was a very kind-hearted, generous, strong and loving man who will be forever missed by all.  Mervin is survived by daughters:  Pat (Wes), Carol (Dave), and Sharon (Jason), grandchildren:  Erin (Jason) and Emily, and great grandchildren:  Cole and Haley.  Sister:  Shirley and Sister-in-law:  Beulah, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.  Mervin was predeceased by his wife Edith, parents Alice and Albert and in-laws Hugh Rae and Margaret, his brother Hartley (Chris), sisters:  Doris (Eugene), and Verna (Donald), and brother-in-law Harvey.  He was also predeceased by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Vera (Matt and Owen), Floyd (Emily), Wilfred (Alvera), Chester (Ada), Anona (Burton), and Hugh.  There will be a private family graveside service on Friday, August 11.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 12 at 2:00 at Success Community Hall.    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Success Community Hall, Box 111, Success, Saskatchewan, S0N 2R0.Funeral arrangements entrusted to Warren’s Funeral Home, for further information please call (306) 773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.

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Celebration of Life
August 12, 2023

2:00 PM
Success Community Hall
Borden Street
Success, SK S0N 2R0


Success Community Hall
P.O. Box 111, Success SK S0N 2R0


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