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AJ Watson

May 7, 2020
Pine Island Eagle

AJ (Alfred James) Watson passed away on April 24, 2020 just two days shy of his 82nd birthday. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of his family and Pine Island's residents' alike.

AJ was a father, husband, dear friend, caring neighbor, lifelong fisherman, conscientious businessman, and island-man (although island life didn't begin for him until 30 years ago when he found his little slice of paradise here in St James City. He owned AJ Watson Land Surveying and served as the preferred surveyor on the island for the past 30 years. He was very proud to be an active part of this community. He was an engaged member and supporter of the Lyons, Elks, Moose, St James & Pine Island Boat Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, and The Calusa Land Trust.

He and his wife Mary started Bizzaro's Bistro in 1997, where he assisted as server, cook, dishwasher, cashier, Somalia, handyman and janitor (when he wasn't out surveying. After five years of the restaurant business AJ and Mary decided to throw in the towel. He always had that Watson smile, and dry humor to share with everyone he met (cheesy jokes were his specialty). Bizzaro's is now Low Key Tiki which was Dad's (AJ's) favorite go-to, and where they always had a cold one poured and ready for him, when they saw him pull up in one of his several mid-life crisis convertibles. AJ loved life and loved being a "1AB" islander, boater, and contributing member of this society. He was always willing to lend a helping hand or join a hand of cards! Friends have said he never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a special soul who impacted anyone lucky enough to cross his path.

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After the Covid-19 virus is under control, A Celebration of Life will be held at Low Key Tiki where all friends from near and far will be welcome. We will keep everyone informed of our plans via Dad's Facebook page (AJ Watson). Please send a friend request, if you are not already his FB friend, to stay in the loop.

AJ is survived by daughters-Alice (Vaughn) Wilson of St James City and Kim (Paul) Riggles future FT SJC residents. Grandchildren-Pamela Riggles, Michael Watson, Jaquelyn Rosoff, and Kirk Watson. Great Grandchildren-Lucas & Calvin Rosoff, and Vince Watson. Cars-Nasty, Bella, and Lucille. Rest in Peace Dad, we miss you and we'll see you later.



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