Frank Ansley Watson
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Topsfield - Mr. Frank Ansley Watson, 84, was taken home by the lord on January 14, 2020.
He was born in Danvers in 1935 to Ernest Walton and Hazel Loretta (Armstrong) Watson who soon relocated to Park Street in Topsfield. Frank lived in Topsfield for almost his entire life, as he told everyone he was still a "native on probation".
Frank married Margaret May Macaulay of Medford in 1956 and together shared 63 years of marriage. Frank is survived by his son Philip and wife Dawn of Amesbury, daughter, Cynthia and husband Gary Osborne of Simpsonville, SC, son and business partner Barry and his wife Debbie of Topsfield and daughter Rachel and her husband Adam Forstot of Simpsonville, SC.,grandchildren Katie Weathers and her husband Niel, Andrew Watson and his wife, Amelia, Kirsten Kwasniak and husband Joseph, Callum Osborne, Stephanie Yeager and her husband Matt, Kimberly Watson, Spencer and Hayley Forstot; Great grandchildren, Connor, Finan and Kimberly. Extended family hails from California, Colorado, Utah, Hawaii, Virginia, W. Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Frank owned and operated with his son Barry for over 50 years, Watson Masonry Company. The Topsfield Shopping Center, Post Office, Topsfield Crossing, Amerigas, Parson's Corner and countless residential chimneys, ceramic tiled baths and concrete floors and patios throughout Topsfield, Boxford, and Essex County stand as legacies to his career. Frank enjoyed gardening and being with family and the many friends throughout New England.
Frank served and was a current member of the Essex County Farming Cooperative Board of Directors, was a member of the Topsfield Volunteer Firefighters for many years, served on the Executive Board as Treasurer for BSA Troop 81 for many years, a lifetime member of the Essex Agricultural Society, Lions Club and Essex County Beekeepers.
Frank was predeceased by his parents, the best neighbors one could hope for, sisters, Jane Gallagher and her husband, Alcon, Priscilla Spillers, brother John and his wife, Carol (Bishop).
His funeral service will be held in Topsfield Congregational Church on Monday, January 20th at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Sunday, January 19th from 3 to 6 p.m. Interment is private and will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at a later date. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) Danvers. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Topsfield Firefighters Relief Association or the scholarship funds of either the Essex County Agricultural Society or Essex County Beekeepers Association. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit
Published on January 17, 2020


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