Robert “Bob” Waterson, age 80, from Bellmawr NJ, passed away peacefully at his home in Bellmawr on Monday, January 25, 2021.
He is survived by his dear friend and former spouse Frances Waterson. Beloved father to Robert Waterson (Dawn), Darlene Sokoloff (Shanon), and Donna Conte (Brian). Cherished Grandpop to Kennedy, Taylor, Gracie, George, Charlotte. Admired cousins Tony Beatrice, Roz Ezzi and Godson, Jimmy Ezzi. Predeceased by his loving mother Mary Beatrice DiGioia (Dominic), his father George Waterson Sr., and brother George Waterson Jr.
Bob grew up in Camden, attended high school and proudly earned his GED. He went on to serve in the US Air Force, E4 Airman First Class, from 1960-1964, stationed in Berlin, Germany and Tachikawa, Japan. He was quickly promoted and assigned to Special Task Office Duties, reporting directly to Commanding Officers. He received numerous commendations for his work and service. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he worked at Cutler Metal in Camden for many years. Bob was self-employed for 20 years working as a Custom Auto Detailer who installed original pinstripes, moldings, carpets, and rear defoggers for many regional auto dealerships. He went on to work for the Mount Laurel MUA for many years, before retiring in June 2006.
Bob loved watching the Phillies and often wore red in support of his favorite team. He also enjoyed watching classic movies and shows on his big screen TV, and solving word puzzles from his favorite recliner chairs. Bob’s favorite movies were “Casablanca”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Mr. Baseball”, “The Professional”, “Shane”, “Tim”, “Blindside”, “Erin Brockovich”, “My Cousin Vinny”, and “A Christmas Story”. He also loved watching “The Lone Ranger” and various westerns. Bob’s favorite pastimes include: jazz music, bowling, camping, fishing, talking about old movies/actors, and antique cars. Bob built a replica of the General Lee, and won 3rd place at the 1982 Philadelphia Custom Car Show.
His favorite outings were scootering around Walmart, stopping at Deluxe Bakery for a powdered cream donut and a dozen rolls, and eating “cream chipped beef” at any diner. But he most treasured spending time with his beloved grandchildren at their various events and celebrations, and spoiling his granddog “Groot” with too many treats.
Friends and Family are invited to a public viewing on Thursday, January 28th 10:00-10:45am at Christ The King Church, 200 Windsor Ave, Haddonfield NJ. Mass to follow at 11:00am. Interment will be private. All mask and social distancing protocols will be followed.
In lieu of flowers, Bob requested that donations be made in his name to St. Jude Hospital at www.stjude.org/donate
Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.comunder the obituary of Robert Waterson. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City. Ph: 856-456-1142