VALE: The late Glen Watson of Monto, who passed away on November 16. photo: Contributed
VALE: The late Glen Watson of Monto, who passed away on November 16. photo: Contributed

Long-term Monto funeral director laid to rest

HE SPENT decades helping people in the Monto district to say goodbye to their loved ones, and now the long-term director of Monto Funeral Services has himself been laid to rest.

Glen Watson passed away in Monto on November 16.

Mr Watson moved to Monto with late wife Zoe and their four children Monique, David, Graham and Lisa in 1984, where he purchased the business he would own until 2000, when he passed it down to son David, who is still the director.

Prior to his move to Monto, Mr Watson was an agent for MLC Life Insurance in Bundaberg.

“It was during this time that Dad made regular visits to Monto and outlying areas selling insurance, and little did he know he was making lifelong friendships,” David said in the eulogy.

David said his father was a proud homemaker, and had purchased and old Queenslander in Monto, which he restored with his brothers Alan and Colin and the help of “many friends”.

“Dad was always pottering in the garden, planting fruit trees, tending to his vegie garden and most of all, his favourite pastime, cooking,” David said.

“No-one ever went hungry when you visited the Watsons.

“Dad always had a box of ice blocks in his freezer and it made his day when the kids would walk past and say, ‘Hello, Mr Watson’.

“That was Dad’s cue: ‘Would you like an iceblock?’

“This act of kindness continued for years.”

David recalled fondly the affection his parents, who married in December, 1958, held for each other, especially in the later years of their life as their health deteriorated and they took turns acting as carer for the other.

They moved in to Bolton Clarke Fairways retirement village shortly before Zoe’s death in 2016.

“Dad was a very headstrong and proud man,” David said.

“So, you can imagine him being in a retirement home with all his faculties, it didn’t go down too well with rules and regulations he had to abide by.

“He used to tell me that the staff gave him a nickname of ‘The Captain’.

“It was known by many that he liked to ruffle a few feathers.

“It was during his first year in the retirement home that we noticed how unhappy he was becoming.

“The discussion was made for him to return to the place he called home – Monto. That’s where he wanted to be.”

David concluded with some stirring words about the sort of man his father was.

“Dad was a family man with a heart of gold. He would do anything for anyone,” he said.

“You have left us in body, Dad, but your memories, your words of wisdom and your family values and love will never be forgotten.

“We love you and will miss you. Forever in our hearts.”