Hugh Austin Clark Watts was born on September 11, 1916 in McMinnville, Oregon and died on March 23, 2010 in the Drumheller Hospital. He is survived by his sons Walter (Wendy) and Clark (Norah)and his brother Loren (Edith).He leaves to mourn his treasured grandchildren: Danielle (Trevor) Burrows, Brooks (Jackie) Watts, Leah Watts; his great – grandchildren: Reagan, Braden, Brighton and Easton; and his good friend Mabel Shipton.
Hugh was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Lydia (2000); his parents Samuel and Florence; and his siblings: Alvin, Nelly, Dorothy and Russell.
Hugh moved with his family to Canada when he was a small boy. The family farmed near Scollard where Hugh learned to love the farm life. He married Lydia Befus on March 25, 1941. After farming until 1947, they bought and operated the Scollard Trading Store which included running the post office and shipping cream to the dairy in Stettler. In 1958, they bought a farm in the Rumsey area where they lived and worked until October 1999. He was the third person in Canada to start raising Charolais cattle. Hugh lived in Drumheller in an apartment and then the Sunshine Lodge until December of 2009 when he went into the hospital.
Above all, Hugh loved his family and enjoyed countless family gatherings where there was lots of food, fun, games and visiting. In his younger days he played baseball and hockey. Over the years he enjoyed curling, throwing horse shoes, traveling, gardening, panning for gold, playing pool, reading and playing cards, especially crib. He could count a crib hand very quickly at a glance. He always enjoyed time spent with his friends and family and will be missed. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in the Rumsey Community Hall, Rumsey, AB. Memorial donations may be made to the Sunshine Lodge, 698 6 Ave East, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y5 (towards air conditioning units in the rooms) or to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation, 351 9 th Street, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1 (towards the purchase on a MRI machine).
COURTNEY-WINTERS’S FUNERAL CHAPEL
has been entrusted with the arrangements.