William George Watt

February 16, 2022

CHARLOTTE – William George Watt passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in The Stewart Health Center at The Cypress of Charlotte.  William, often referred to as Bill and sometimes Billy, was born January 2, 1934 in San Francisco, CA to the late Mary and George Watt. 

Bill was raised in Burlingame, CA where he attended St. Catherine of Siena grammar school and graduated from Serra High School with the Class of 1952.  He attended junior college until he enlisted in the United States Army.  Bill served as a Corporal from 1953-1955. He was then hired by Royal Insurance in 1957 as a trainee.  During his long career with the Royal, he was transferred from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New York (twice), and finally Charlotte, NC in 1986.  Bill also traveled numerous times to the home office in London.  After rising to the rank of Senior Vice President, he retired from Royal Sun Alliance in 1995 after 38 years with the insurance company.

Bill was recently widowed, losing his wife of over 45 years, Frances H. Watt.  He and his wife enjoyed traveling, entertaining family and friends, and many lifelong friendships. 

Bill is survived by his children, Christopher Watt of Dacula, GA, Michael Watt and his wife, Cheryl of Mohave Valley, AZ and Theresa Rose of Fallbrook, CA; his six grandchildren; Jamie, Ryan, Nicole, Zachary, Casey, and Hunter. Also surviving are his niece, Karen Reed of Elk Grove, CA along with many nieces, nephews, numerous cousins, and countless lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sabrina Watt; sister, Carolyn Watt Selby; great-grandson, Brodie, and son-in-law, Jim Rose.

Bill will be inurned at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 alongside his late wife and youngest daughter at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, NC. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Bill to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Lorinda Janssen Schmieder

    I lived next door to Bill, growing up. I grew up with Mike, Chris and Terry. I remember the block parties we had. Bill would be the first to go home to go to bed. My dad would light fire crackers at the front door and ring the door bell. Bill would answer the door right when the fire crackers would go off. That woke Bill up and he would come out and join the party. It was all in fun. Mike, Chris and Terry, May happy memories carry you though this sorrowful time. My heart aches for you. I am sorry for your loss. Love you guy, Lori

  • Claudia Rico

    Rest in Peace and Power, dear friend and high school sweetheart. Always grateful that we re-connected in our old age as friends and that we had many active discussions about politics before we finally realized that we weren't going to change each others' opinions and positions in any way! We then gave that all up and just enjoyed communicating a little bit now and then, mostly by email and/or letters by snail mail. We talked about kids and grandkids and I talked about great grands, about travels that we had enjoyed and about how quickly life had gone by. Some time ago, Fran arranged for Bill and me to have a FaceTime visit which was fun, and also pretty funny. He said to me, "You look different." I answered, "Well, I AM different!" I told him that he looked different, too. In our 80's, we're supposed to look different than when we were teenagers! So glad he is at peace now, and no more debilitation or weakness. Enjoy, my friend!

  • Theresa Rose

    My dad a great dad and we talked often on the phone when he was able. We talked the day before he died and it was a great talk. I think he was saying goodbye. We will miss and love him forever ? ?

  • Theresa Rose

    I will miss talking to him when I got him on the phone. I just wish I was closer and not in California at the time of his death. I LOVE AND MISS HIM ALOT. HE IS IN A HAPPIER PLACE! My kids Jamie, Ryan, Nicole and myself will always remember what a great man he was.

  • Michael L Watt

    We will miss our father very much. He was a very up standing husband, father and grandfather. Love forever. ❤️