Nicholas Oliver Watson, son of Anthony (Tony) Watson and JoAnn (King) Watson, died May 10 cradled in his Mother's arms. Predeceased by his father Tony, he leaves his mother, JoAnn (Halifax, NS), sisters Lia Watson and Adrienne Sharpe and brother-in-law Taylor Sharpe (Vancouver, B.C.)
Born March 29, 1983 Nicholas lived his life in the close embrace of his devoted family, friends and generations of golden retrievers. In his home, inclusion and “can do” was the norm. Nicholas and his parents were avid cross-country skiers, campers and travellers. When Nick's twin sisters were old enough, they became constant playmates, companions, and instigators who introduced him to new adventures like the McSorley-Louden-Watson stairwell mattressing competitions, legendary Nettleton Rock Loaf farm trips – and eventually to sampling craft beers.
1992 brought a huge change to the Watson family with the loss of Tony. Grandparents, Al & Florence King, provided enduring support and companionship. Beloved family companion, Martha Nettleton became our glue and steadfastly provided support to Nicholas and to his family. Later, Danielle (Beaulieu) McCarthy stepped in and provided care and laughter for the whole family for many years.
As Nick grew so too did his circle of support. Nicholas attended Wee Care Developmental Centre, Tantallon Elementary School, Gorsebrook Junior High, and St. Patrick's High School. In 1997, Nicholas moved to “1 Robin”, a prototype small option group home managed by the IWK Hospital for medically fragile children. His long-term housemates, and the caring staff, and a variety of support providers enriched this house and made it a home. Nicholas became a basketball and hockey fan, a Special Olympics participant, and – when able - a very happy Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS- Nova Scotia) skier.
Teachers and teachers' aides, caregivers and family friends enriched Nick's life and allowed him to live effortlessly in the moment. The greatest advocate, and champion of all causes for Nick was his mother, JoAnn, who campaigned tirelessly on his behalf never begrudging the time or responsibility of making difficult decisions for another.
Without ever saying a word, Nicholas indicated to his family, friends, and caregivers just how much he enjoyed the pleasures of this life. He smiled with his whole body - and then some -just in case you missed the grin and clapping hands. His likes and dislikes were clearly and distinctly communicated; he was one of the few who could make a raspberry into a compliment. Nicholas lived the poet's advice "love all...do wrong to none."
The Watson family thanks Nicholas' caregivers and the VG Palliative Care Team for a compassionate final farewell.
Arrangements are under the care of Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home. A service will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church , Wednesday, May 23, 1 p.m., 6310 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay. All welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nicholas Watson’s name to CADS-Nova Scotia (Canadian Adaptive Snowsports), a volunteer based non-profit providing adaptive snowsports opportunities to its membership, or to Camp Tidnish, operated by Easter Seals Nova Scotia.