Dwayne Eric Watson, lovingly known as "Bobo," by his hometown family and friends, died unexpectedly on March 7, 2023 at the much too young age of 61 years old, following a cardiac arrest. His family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death.
Dwayne was a loving and devoted father and an exceptionally adoring and doting grandfather. He is survived by his two daughters, Bridgette (Poul) and Farrah (Sean), and his four grandchildren, Nolan, Emerick, Poul, and Ivy. He is also survived by his sisters Duana, Brenda, and Renee, and a host of family and friends. He is sorely missed by his loved ones.
Dwayne was predeceased by his father, Roosevelt (Tye), his mother, Edith, and his brothers, Glynn, Todd, and Peter.
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and in his youth was known by his family and friends as a fun-loving "daredevil." He excelled in academics, attending Boston Latin School, and proudly served his country in the Air Force where he completed his coursework in computer software engineering which would lead him to his successful life-long career. He started his work with Digital Equipment Corporation where his intelligence and hard work quickly rose him through the ranks. He spent many years with DEC and made life-long friendships before the company was bought out by Hewlett Packard. Despite many layoffs during this time, Dwayne was a trusted and valued asset and remained with HP for many more years, before eventually parting ways and landing at his final role with Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).
Much more important to him than his work was his family. Family meant everything to Dwayne. He was as an incredibly involved father and grandfather, never missing an event and always there in times of need. His advice to his daughters was loving and genuine, and usually closed with "take care of each other" or "do what needs to be done to make things right." He taught Nolan and Emerick how to ride bicycles, how to swing a golf club, and delighted in building robotics with them. He loved to laugh and play with Poul and Ivy, and was often found on the floor chasing them around, constantly smiling and loving on them. He was a caring uncle and cousin, always making time for his beloved relatives whenever he made it out to visit. To his friends, he felt more like family, especially those he grew up with on Harlem St.
Dwayne carried himself with a subdued eloquence. His presence was comforting and quiet. He always smelled fantastic. He was a sucker for a good "dad joke." He was generous to a fault - he would give the shirt off of his own back if it meant that his family or friends would benefit. He provided freely and without expectation of anything in return. He gave the softest, warmest, absolute best hugs. He was an incredibly good listener. The gentle confidence and subtle sophistication with which he carried himself will be very much missed by those close to him.
His legacy will carry on forever reminding us to take care of each other, to do the right thing, and to be unselfish with our good fortune. His daughters especially hope to follow in his footsteps by being kind, loving, and generous people, and to always put family first.
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