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(CNBNEWS.NET) Daniel Christopher Watson, age 61, a proud citizen of Dan's Birthday Gloucester City, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, June 26, 2011. He fought a courageous battle with cancer for the last two years of his life.

Photo: Dan and Dawn Watson

Dan is survived by his wife of 21 years, Dawn Watson; his loving step-children, Dana Lionetti, who resides in Gloucester City, and Dino Lionetti, who resides in Philadelphia, his three sisters, his brother, his many friends, and his beloved best friend, Steve Healey.

His writing for CNBNEWS.NET (The Fantasy Football Fanatic) was a source of real enjoyment in his busy life. He looked forward to sharing his tips and stats with readers near and far.

Dan's trips with his buddies are legendary.

He was employed at SunGard Recovery in Philadelphia. He loved his job and his co-workers, who had a benefit for him last October.

Dan served in the Air Force and did two tours of duty in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart for his efforts, there. He was an active member of the Democrat Club of Gloucester City.

Dan and his wife moved to Gloucester City from Voorhees, less than two years ago, “to make a difference” in the community. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer two months after their arrival.

Dan loved the Dallas Cowboys, Jack Daniels, the color black, all types of music, and the Phillies. He treated his step-children like friends and his pets like children. He sent his wife to college and supported her through her transition from cleaning lady to office worker to small business owner and never once dropped the ball. His cool exterior kept his family grounded and secure as detailed in a painting his wife made for him, called The KiteMaster, which shows Dan sitting on the ground holding the strings of a kite while his wife and stepchildren float about overhead.

A memorial service will be held at St Mary’s church in Gloucester City on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 11 AM. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, please send a live plant to the home at 700 Market Street, Gloucester City, as a living memorial to be placed in the courtyard that Dan designed for his family to enjoy.

Funeral services were private under the direction of the Etherington Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City NJ.

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