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Patrick G. K. "Pat" Watkins
March 7, 1929 - November 2, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">WATKINS...... <br> <br>Patrick George Kenneth "Pat" Watkins, age 87, of Windsor, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 2, 2016, in Hants Community Hospital, Windsor. <br> <br>He was an adherent of the Church of England, Christened and Confirmed by the Bishop of Wellington, NZ. <br> <br>Pat was the youngest son of the late Percy and Elsie (Mills) Watkins. <br> <br>Educated at Shoeburyness High School, and the College of Science and Technology, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK. Pat was first employed by Vickers Supermarine in Aldermaston, UK, assembling Spitfires during WW II. He served in the Royal Air Force followed by nine years in the Merchant Navy. He traveled to many parts of the world including being on a troopship that landed service personnel in the Suez, Cyprus and Malaya during the crisis in those areas. Pat immigrated to Canada in 1954, working as Chief Steward on a ship, built in South Wales, for delivery to Montreal. Landing in October 1954, after being battered at sea by Hurricane Hazel, he worked for six months at the YMCA. <br> <br>Pat then went to Goose Bay, Labrador to manage a US Air Force Club for two years. It was there that he met and married his first wife, Mary "Ann" (Allbon) of Windsor. In 1957, Pat became employed with Corrections Canada in Dorchester, NB and later in Springhill, until his retirement in 1988. Pat and Ann married in the St. John Roman Catholic Church, Windsor in 1955 and raised eight loving and loved children. They all spent many happy summers at their cottage at Heather Beach. Ann passed away in November 2000. <br> <br>In 2002, Pat married Geraldine Marie (nee: Blanchard). They traveled extensively in Canada, the US, England and Europe before "Gerry" passed away in September 2007. Both wives died because of cancer. Pat was greatly involved with The Royal Canadian Legion, twice as President of Springhill Branch #17, followed by a term as Zone Commander, followed by eighteen years as Chairman of NS/Nunavut Command. In 1980, Pat was elected as Vice-Chairman of Dominion Command and prior to 2000 served as Chairman for six years. Since joining in 1957, Pat received many awards, including Life Membership, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Palm Leaf, the Legions highest award. He was an active member of the Hants County Branch #009 in Windsor, serving 2 terms as Honorary President. <br> <br>Pat is survived by sons, David (Steve), Calgary; Frazer (Trudy), PEI; Anthony (Michelle), China; daughters, Sandra (Andy), Ontario; Heather, Sydney; Kristina (Tina), Truro; Angela (Pete), England; Krystal (Darrin) Inkpen, Dartmouth; sister-in-law, Margaret, UK; nieces, Denise (Australia), Lisa, Janet and Margaret (UK); and Stephen (Australia); mother-in-law, Eleanor (Amherst); step-daughter, Theresa (Windsor); step-son, John (Amherst); sister-in-law, Margaret (Coldbrook); several brothers-in-law, grandchildren, step grandchildren, great grandchildren and also some great great-grandchildren. <br> <br>Pat was predeceased by his sister, Vivian and brothers, Donald (UK); John (Australia), two wives, Ann and Gerry. <br> <br>Cremation has taken place at Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home, and Pat has requested that no visitation or services be held. The ashes will be spread at sea at a later date with family members present. <br> <br>If you wish, Memorial donations may be made to the charities of your choice. <br> <br>Arrangement under the care of Lindsay's Windsor Funeral Home, Windsor. <br> <br>There will be a "Celebration of Life" to be held from 2 - 5 p.m, Friday, November 25, 2016, at the Hants County Branch No. 009, Royal Canadian Legion Building, Empire Lane, Windsor. <br> <br>Add your condolences, click on "Contribute". <br> <br> <br> <br></div>