Peter Norman Dingman Watson departed peacefully from this life in his beloved Vermont sugarwoods on March 6, 2015, at age 70. The son of artist Aldren A. Watson and writer Nancy Dingman, he was born in Paterson, NJ, on Sept. 7, 1944. Peter graduated from The Putney School and the University of Vermont. He and his first wife, Tina Cunningham, bought land in Fairfield, Vermont, and raised two sons there. He resided for the past 32 years in Avon, NY, returning to Vermont for maple sugaring each spring.
Peter inspired many during his rich life with his array of talents, including turning stoneware pottery and creating metalwork and sculpture on his homemade forge; haying, logging, and sugaring with draft horses; fine woodworking and carpentry; boatbuilding and sailing; playing the banjo and bagpipes; and identifying trees. He loved skiing and hiking in the Adirondack and Green Mountains. He once raced a train on his favorite pony, built a sailing dory, drove from Vermont to Tierra del Fuego, worked on Nelson Rockefeller’s cattle ranch in Venezuela, shaved off his beard, and played the bagpipes on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. Peter’s large extended family was a source of strength and joy to him. His enthusiasm, patience, humor, and compassion for everyone he met, his curiosity and spirituality, and the distinct twinkle in his eye will remain with the multitude who loved him.
Peter leaves his wife, Clara Mulligan; his children, Alexander and wife Wendy Raymond, and Peter Jr. and wife Molly Sevareid, all of Fairfield, VT, Holly Watson of Geneseo, NY, and Forrest Watson of Honeoye Falls, NY; siblings Wendy Watson of Phoenix, AZ, Clyde Watson and husband Denis Devlin of Etna, NH, Linda Watson of Monkton, VT, Ann Watson of New Haven, VT, N. Cameron Watson of Truro, MA, Caitlin McLeod of Santa Cruz, CA, and Thomas Watson and wife Francie Randolph of Truro, MA; four grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Peter was buried on his family’s property in Vermont. A celebration of his life will be held in Avon at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NOFA Vermont.