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Born: Nov 18, 1940

Date of Passing: Jun 03, 2022

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November 18, 1940 - June 3, 2022

Sadly, we announce the passing of Lyle Watson on June 3, 2022, at the age of 81 at St. Boniface Hospital.
Lyle will be lovingly remembered by his wife Gail; daughter Jody Watson, her sons with Jonathan Neal, Austin and Everett; daughter Lori Watson (Justin Stadnyk) and their sons, Elliot and Ethan. He is also survived by his sister Doreen Fewster, Steinbach MB; sister-in-law Pearl Watson, Carman MB; brother-in-law Charles Howard (JoAnne Filipponi) Vancouver BC; and many nieces, nephews, their families and numerous friends.
He was predeceased by parents, Alice and Stanley Watson; brothers, Les (Marian) Watson, Andrew Watson; sister Frances (Murray) Sargeant; brother-in-law Wendal Fewster; and sister-in-law Dawn Howard.
Lyle was born at the farm of his Turnbull grandparents west of Rathwell, MB. He attended Rathwell School and loved all sports. He played on the Rathwell-Treherne-Holland Bantam BB Provincial Championship in 1953, and he often related that, in the same year, the Rathwell Tom Thumbs 12 and under team won the Treherne tournament with him as the playing coach. He helped his Dad caretake the Rathwell rink, hence was able to skate and curl with his friends after closing time. At 13, he started playing baseball with the senior men's team. On Saturdays he unloaded coal at the coal dock for the CPR trains.
Lyle moved to Winnipeg in 1957 to attend St. John's High School so he could play junior hockey for the Winnipeg Monarchs and school football. He was named the most valuable player on the football team plus was on the curling team that won the Tribune event in the MB School Boys bonspiel. After high school football and a short try-out with the Blue Bombers as he broke his shoulder, he played for the West End Rams, the Winnipeg Rods and the St. James Rams.
He started his business and sales career with Crown Zellerbach Paper Co. first in Winnipeg then later to Dauphin. There he played hockey for Grandview and baseball for the Dauphin Red Birds of the Western Senior league. He became the manager of the Winnipeg branch of Smith Davis and Lecky and later joined Gravure Graphics, a Winnipeg based printing packaging company, and travelled from Montreal to Vancouver. During those years he played senior baseball with St. Boniface Precioux Sang and completed the Business Administration program at the University of Manitoba.
In 1973 Lyle started his own company, Tri Star Marketing Ltd., and operated it until 2021. For years he continue to represent Gravure Graphics plus other packaging lines, and covered western Canada and part of the United States from Pennsylvania to Oregon. He also joined friends establishing Encore Envelopes Ltd. and Grange Stationers.
After dating for several years, he married Gail Watson (nee Denbow) in 1968. Holidays were spent in warm climates like the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii and Mexico, plus golf and competitive curling were played together. In later years European vacations, Palm Springs and two cruises were enjoyed. Daughter Jody was born in 1977 and Lori in 1983. Lyle cherished being a father and had so much fun playing with the girls. He was a great Dad and always wanted the best for his daughters who he proudly supported during their gymnastics, dancing and ringette activities. He was extremely delighted to welcome son-in-laws, and each of his grandsons, to the family. Being surrounded by family members and friends with lots of laughter and fun, were good times. Grey Cup parties were his favourite, for Lyle and Gail were long time season ticket holders of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Jets.
Lyle believed strongly in contributing to his community. He was a regular blood donor, delivered Meals on Wheels for decades, and as a long time and valued member of the Winnipeg Cosmopolitan Club, volunteered and held leadership roles raising money for diabetes research. Lyle helped coach community sports teams including the St. James Raiders, Charleswood Hawks, Varsity View Pee Wee and midget baseball teams. When his daughters began playing ringette his focus changed, and he was involved with their Varsity View teams for years.
Lyle was a friendly, kind, fun loving, hardworking man with a positive attitude and a good sense of humour who could converse with anyone. He was a devoted and loving husband, a nurturing, proud father and grandfather, a loyal friend and a good neighbour. We will miss his big smile and easy going nature.
Sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses at Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospitals.
If friends so desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Winnipeg Cosmopolitan Foundation, P.O. Box 2081, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R9 .
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

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Publish Date: Jun 18, 2022


On Friday, June 3, 2022, Lyle passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 81 years.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

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Publish Date: Jun 7, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 07, 2022, Jun 18, 2022

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I just recently learned of Coach Watson’s passing. After reading his obituary it was evident, he was very much involved in sports and in his community. He contributed throughout his whole life. He will be sorely missed by many. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Doug Martin- St. James Raiders 1970- 71 - Posted by: Doug Martin (Player St. James Raiders football 1970-71) on: Sep 19, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Uncle Lyle’s passing. My condolences to Aunt Gail, Jody and Lori and family. I fondly remember Uncle Lyle at the yearly Watson picnics. He was always eager for a chat and a catch up on what was happening. - Posted by: Jackie and Gary Sallows (Neice) on: Jun 20, 2022

  • Sorry for your loss Watson family, Thanks Lyle for the last ride on a stone boat, first ride to Wpg, first bed in Wpg, and many good memories, thanks 👍 - Posted by: Herb and Pauline wilks (friend ) on: Jun 19, 2022

  • Coach Watson was a good person who left a positive lifelong impression on me. Condolences to all who mourn. - Posted by: Thomas John Thompson (Player St. James Raiders 1969-1970) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to Gail and the Family... I first met Lyle when he coached my daughter in ringette a couple of decades ago, and later on I curled with him in the Charleswood senior men's league. Curling was our weekly opportunity to have a brew and social gathering after. I have many fond memories as Lyle always had a smile and a friendly greeting. - Posted by: Bob Eilers (Friend) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • Sincere condolences to you Gail & your family. I think of Lyle with many warm memories. Always engaging, caring & helpful. I remember during the flood of '97 how he stopped in to Niverville on his way to Steinbach just to make sure I was okay. He will be missed. - Posted by: Debbie Fewster (family friend) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • Rest in Peace Coach! Loved playing for you! My condolences to your family and friends. Tom Harrison, Calgary, Alberta - Posted by: Tom Harrison (Defensive back - 1969, 1970 St. James Raiders) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • We are very sorry to hear of Lyle's passing. We have some pleasant memories of Lyle playing hockey with me on the road in front of Aunt Alice's house. Our sincere sympathy Gail and girls, Tom and Harriet Turnbull, Portage La Prairie - Posted by: Tom and Harriet Turnbull (cousin) on: Jun 14, 2022

  • Lyle was from Rathwell. I was from Holland. Lyle was the quarterback of our football team called the "Combines". Players were from Holland, Treherne Rathwell and Winnipeg. Over the years we kept in touch and eventually curled together on a rink in Charleswood. Very fond memories. Lyle tolerated us less gifted athletes. - Posted by: Ed L Thompson (Friend) on: Jun 11, 2022

  • We were very sorry to hear of your loss Gail and Family. We know how big a hole this will be in your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as your family gathers to mourn your loss and celebrates the life of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. - Ted and Esther Fransen - Posted by: Ted Fransen (Friend) on: Jun 09, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences to Gail and family. We will remember our enjoyable times at the curling rink, on the squash court, on the ball diamond and at the Grey Cup parties. Lyle was a good athlete but even better person. Bonnie and Doug Muir - Posted by: Doug Muir (Friend) on: Jun 08, 2022

  • I am very sorry to hear of Lyles passing. When I read the obit this morning my mind immediately clicked to the fun times we had. Here in Winnipeg and especially the 1963 Grey Cup - to and back by train from Vancouver. He was a SUPER friend and he will be missed Ted Polish - Posted by: Ted Polish (Long Time Friend) on: Jun 07, 2022

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