Thomas "Unkie" Watson

  • Born: June 22, 1963
  • Died: August 16, 2016
  • Location: Saugus, Massachusetts

Smith Funeral Home

125 Washington Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150

Tel. (617) 889-1177

Tribute & Message From The Family

WATSON, Thomas W. "Unkie"- Of Saugus, August 16th. Devoted son of Elizabeth Watson of Saugus and the late William "Bernie" Watson. Beloved brother of Lorna Morrissey and her husband Frank of Saugus, Ingrid Watson and her son Nick, who Tommy treated as a son, William Watson and his wife Lanie of Franklin and Jamie Flanagan and her husband Jeff of Saugus. Also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews including the late Lily Austin Morrissey. Expressions of sympathy in Tommy's name may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B 102, Danvers, MA 01923.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland 53 years ago, Thomas passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, 3 months after being diagnosed with an overwhelming illness. In 1967, at the age of 4, his family left Northern Ireland and settled in Revere, where he attended the McKinley School, graduated from Dom Savio High School and furthered his education at Suffolk University. For over 10 years, he was a partner with 2 of his friends in Constant Observation Protection Services also known as C.O.P.S, a security and protection company. A member of the Revere Moose for over 20 years and a dedicated "Redskins" fan, Tommy was the go to person, family or friend for advice or friendship or entertaining on the WFD.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service held in St. John's Episcopal Church, 8 Prospect Street, Saugus on Sunday, August 28th at 10:30 AM followed by a celebration of his life at the Fox Hill Yacht Club, 114 Ballard Street, Saugus.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Just found out about Tommy’s passing. Was good friends with Tom growing up. We played little league together and remained friends for years. He was the nicest guy anyone could have met. I will keep Dr. Watson (nickname) in my prayers. Hopefully he’s playing a game of stickball up there in Heaven. RIP Pal.
Bill Kaliris

Posted by William Kaliris - Melrose, MA - friend   March 27, 2021

My deepest condolences to all of the Watson family on losing Tommy. He was such a wonderful person. I'll always remember him with a smile because he always had one for me and a laugh to share. God bless you, Tommy.

Posted by Jeanine (Ferri) Barlow - Friend   August 27, 2016

Please accept our sympathy on Tommy's passing. As many folks have said we also feel so lucky to have grown up on Warren Street and we have wonderful memories of Tommy's kindness to us. Please know that the entire Watson family has our prayers to give you strength.

Posted by Alice, Annemarie, & Eileen Schmitt & Perry - Revere - Neighbor   August 27, 2016


While the loss of a loved one is never easy, even when anticipated, it is most certainly the hardest when they are taken from us too soon. Your loss of your son/brother/uncle Tommy is definitely in the category of those hard losses for which there is so painful a reminder of what might have been.

We offer our sincere condolence and deepest sympathy on your loss. May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers and the comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many, help you through this most difficult time.

I have asked for God's blessing on your wonderful family. May you all find the courage and strength to move forward in peace and confidence in knowing that Tommy was loved and respected by so many and that his everlasting light will shine, as bright as his smile and that twinkle in his eyes, FOREVER!

Joe, Gayle, Michael & Kerri

Posted by Joseph Scaramozza - revere, MA - Family Friend   August 25, 2016

my sympathies to mrs watson, lorna, ingrid, william and jamie and all your family...decades go by in a flash, and you develop a life, and sometimes you forget whats important..and whos paul diplatzi put it, growoing up on warren st was a treasure i wouldnt trade for anything in the world..and Big Tommy, to me, was the crown jewel of that treasure. for my childhood, and my young adulthood, the first 30 years of my life, i spoke with tommy daily, many times a day...and i really wish i did the same the last 15 years also...ill miss tommy, he was one of kind....

Posted by tommy rossi - wakefield, MA - Friend   August 23, 2016

Thank you for keeping me safe all those years, Tom. May you rest in eternal peace. My condolences to your close friends and family.

Posted by Dianne Marie - Haverhill, MA - Coworker   August 22, 2016

I was lucky enough to have met Tom when he worked at the Whidden Hospital and became fast friends with him, which was easy because Tom was the type of guy you could talk with about anything, He was a true friend who always looked out for and helped the people he cared about. It was a privilege to call him my friend and I will miss him dearly.

Posted by Kevin Krupcheck - Medford, MA - Friend   August 22, 2016

Tommy "Unkie" you were the best! Big T asks for you everyday. He misses you but knows you're his guardian angel and will watch over him. When you found out you wouldn't be with us much longer you said to Jeff that you're biggest regret was that you wouldn't get to see what T becomes :(
You will be the one guiding him along his journey of life. Watch over us all, please. Not a day goes by that I don't she a tear. I hope you're at peace and having a great time catching up with Daddy! Love ya T too much and all day xo

Posted by Jamie Flanagan - Saugus, MA - Sister   August 21, 2016

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Rest in peace my friend.You will be missed.Your always smiling face & good word will be certainly missed.What a loss for us & gain for upstairs.My your travels to heaven quick.

Posted by Daryl Daigneault - Lynn, MA - Coworker   August 20, 2016

We are so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. He was much loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Our sincere condolences.

Posted by Jim and Pat (Watson) Vaugh - Wilmington, NC - Family   August 20, 2016

Tommy was like a big Teddie Bear! He was always so kind and thoughtful. He has the sweetest heart of gold. We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Dianne Ferri - Dover, NH - Friend   August 20, 2016


Dear Family and Friends,

Rusty and I are so saddened by the passing of Tom. He and Rusty were coworkers and friends for years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who loved and cared about Tom. He will be missed!

Rusty & Annie Barr

Posted by Annie Barr - Wakefield, MA - Friend   August 20, 2016

Our deepest sympathy to Liz and the entire Watson family. We have fond memories of the Watson children growing up from children to adults. It seems as though it was yesterday that Tommy and William were playing with our sons Richard and Michael. You all remained close friends all through the years.

Tommy, we will miss your smile! Be at peace with God.

Gail&Richard Pasquariello

Posted by Richard Pasquariello - Revere, MA - Friend   August 20, 2016

I didn't know Tommy well, which is to say i didn't see him many times..or know him as well, or as long, as i would have liked.... That being said, even knowing him casually thru Bill and Lanie, it took neither a long time, nor a rocket scientist to quickly arrive at the conclusion that Tommy was, by any measure... a good man. I found him to be kind hearted and always willing to help anyone who needed help, he was funny and always willing to share a story. I wish i had had the chance to know him better. My sincere condolences to the entire Family on your loss.

Posted by Tim mahoney - providence, RI - Family Friend   August 20, 2016

Tommy "Unkie", Ma, myself, Nick and Winston walk around the house looking for you. You are sorely missed. Daddy came for you too soon. But I know it was your time and God needed another Guardian Angel. We want you to know that you will always be with us. Gone but never forgotten. You are the only father Nick knows.And believe me he loves you. Keep everyone up there laughing like you always did with us. Rest In Peace my wonderful brother. Till we meet again.

Posted by Ingrid Watson - SAUGUS, MA - Sister   August 20, 2016


RIP Thomas

From your cousin Georgie and family circle xxx

Posted by Georgie Strand - Belfast Northern Ireland - Family   August 20, 2016

There really are no words to express what a great man Tom was. Working alongside him at the hospital, Tom always ensured my safety and provided much needed comedic relief in tense situations. He was the go-to guy, always willing to lend a hand or help out when he could. Generous, good hearted and sweet, there really didn't seem to be a bad bone in his body. We lost a good guy and Heaven certainly gained a tremendous spirit. I hope he's drinking a cold one on his eternal WFD in heaven.

Posted by Jenn Nagle    August 19, 2016

Tommy was a wonderful wonderful kind person. I picture him sitting on the deck watching his nieces and nephews with that big smile. He was the only one who called me LaFucci and I will miss that. He had the love of your wonderful family. He and Bernie are together again watching over all of you. RIP Tommy the famous Unkie

Posted by Elaine LaFratta - Peabody, MA - Friend   August 19, 2016

so sorry for your loss you and your family are in my prayers Jamie give not so little Tommy F. a big hug for me
luv ya

Posted by Joan L TREMBLAY - saugus, MA - Family Friend   August 19, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss.Tommy was such a kind hearted person. Always looking out for others. He will be missed

Posted by Eileen Cogliano - York, ME - Family   August 19, 2016


Posted by PAUL DIPLATZI - Revere, MA - Friend   August 19, 2016

Tom and I became friends when we both attended first grade at the Mckinley school. I remember how much he liked to laugh and have a good time. When Tom went to dom savio and I went to rhs we lost touch until I started to work AT Cerratani's supermarket where i met tom again when he worked at dimino's subs. I also had the pleasure of meeting tom's sister Ingrid who also worked at cerratani's and his mom. a beautiful family.
May my friend rest in peace and pray for all those left behind. we will meet again

Posted by NEIL MATTHEWS - TEWKSBURY, MA - Friend   August 19, 2016