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Helen WATSON

Helen Watson (nee Ketcheson) passed away on August 4, 2023, in her 100th year, leaving behind a grieving family. She will be dearly missed by her daughter Cheryl Mumford, son Craig Watson (Terry Hope-Watson), granddaughter Jodi Lee Eastman (Jay), and grandson Ryan Watson. Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband William McAllen Watson, her parents John Ross (Jack) Ketcheson and Ada Jane Ketcheson, her brother Wally Ketcheson, and sister Dorothy Regan (Ed). She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and their families, as well as family friends and many cousins in the Ketcheson, Mason, Danford, and Bailey families.

Helen was grateful for the exceptional care she received from her dedicated caregivers over the years, including PSWs, nurses, physicians, paramedics, and firefighters. Their support allowed her to live happily in her own home until her 99th year. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. McPhail, Giselle, Kassandra, Kimberly, Richard, Juliette, Tina, Brad, Donna, Tammy, and the compassionate staff and residents at Maple Manor Retirement Home and Hospice Prince Edward County. Their kindness brought light to Helen’s final days.

Helen led a fulfilling life rooted in her community. She grew up in the area, attending school in Springbrook before settling on a farm near the Brighton Speedway. Music held a special place in her heart, and her family shared a deep appreciation for it. Singing and playing musical instruments, particularly the piano and violin, were common activities. During her teenage years, Helen worked in a local canning factory and later served as a domestic before becoming a hair stylist. From 1940 to 1950, she owned and operated Murphy’s salon in Trenton. In 1954, Helen and her husband Mac relocated to Cobourg due to Mac’s job transfer.

Helen embraced her love for music and dance, often spending evenings enjoying the music of the Commodores at CFB Trenton and local dance halls. It was at one of these events that she met Edward Regan. Helen introduced Edward to her sister Dorothy, ultimately losing him as her dance partner when he began favoring Dorothy. Fortunately, Helen crossed paths with her future husband Mac at a coming-home-from-the-Navy party in 1945. The party, hosted by mutual friends Norm and Bernice Johnson, proved to be the start of a beautiful journey. Helen and Mac tied the knot in 1946 and enjoyed an active social life, particularly immersing themselves in Mac’s participation in local baseball and hockey teams. In 1950, Helen served as the matron of honor at Ed and Dorothy’s wedding, with her young daughter Cheryl as the flower girl.

Sports were not a significant part of Helen’s upbringing, as she refrained from swimming despite her sister and brother’s enjoyment of it. Nevertheless, she discovered her passion for the sport of curling once the family moved to Orillia. Inspired by her husband and daughter’s involvement in curling, Helen took up the sport and excelled at it for many years. Together with Mac, Helen participated in various bonspiels, occasionally teaming up with her brother Wally and good friend Betty Kelsey.

A future celebration of life will honor Helen’s memory. Memorial donations in her name can be made to the Quinte Humane Society, Quinte Healthcare, or the Hospice of Prince Edward County.

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