Allen Robert Watson was born March 26, 1942, in East Meadow, New York, to the late Robert Watson and Minnie Barrington. He was the oldest of the three boys and was preceded in death by his brother Edward Watson. On the evening of June 28, 2019, God called Allen home to be with the Lord.
Allen was educated in the Nassau County School System and then his family moved to Amityville, New York in Suffolk County. As a young man, he was very active at Copiague High School and he started a singing group called The Universals. The group performed at the local talent shows in Copiague, a hamlet on Long Island. (Later in life, he loved listening to the Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, The Flamingos, The Whispers – music could be heard throughout the house at 18 W. Milton Street.) Allen ran track for the high school and placed in the New York Masters 4×100 meters relay. He graduated in 1960 and received a track and field scholarship to Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. There, he met the lovely Berta Ann Jones standing in line registering for class, and they were married in 1964 in Freeport, New York.
Allen had several occupations but as a Carnation salesman he was exceptional with his witty personality and he could sell anything. In 1976, he began working for the Long Island Railroad as a Car Repairman where he remained until his retirement in1996. During his early retirement, he helped the Emily Moore Tennis Camp and he loved working with the kids. Allen loved gardening and cooking. He took recipes and made them his own and he instituted, the annual “4th of July Cookout” where his famous ribs were sure to be the “Main Event.” But his new passion began on the water, which was sailing and learning the dynamics of being a “Seaman.”
On vacations, Allen and Ann would visit Eddie and Pat in Chesapeake, Virginia and loved the area so much they decided to move there. While working out at the Chesapeake Community Center, one of the staff members asked him to volunteer for the track team at Nansemond River High School. His coaching began and he was always excited to work with the students. Allen volunteered for a few years and then became the Assistant Track Coach winning many State Championships. His plan actually worked, with many of the kids going on to obtain college scholarships under his coaching leadership. He really enjoyed the sport and would go faithfully to the Penn Relays in Pennsylvania every year to see who the new and upcoming track stars were to watch in the coming season.
Allen Robert Watson was known by many people and he would talk to anyone and make countless new friends. His spirit, energy, and excitement for life will be missed by us all.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 54 years Berta Ann Watson; children Kim and Todd Watson; granddaughter Kayla Watson; brother Clinton Watson; sister Theresa Crocker (John); sisters-in-law, Rosalind Haynes, Patricia and Tonza Watson; nieces and nephews, Robin Walters (Richard), Karla Watson, Shannon Jones, Sterling Simms (Tracy), Tonya Jones-Briggs(Buddy), Tracey Jones-Ortiz (Carl), Kevin Jones, Katrena Jones, Latarsha Jones, Tiffanie Crocker-Meeks (Torian), and Bishop E. John E. Crocker M Th. (Janielle), and a host of cousins and many lifelong friends.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 2:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home Chesapeake. Express condolences to the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.
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