Family mourns Falkirk sailor

A FALKIRK sailor died last week while he was playing squash at the English naval base where he was serving.

Chief Petty Officer George Watson passed away suddenly on Monday, February 21, at the age of 51, and will be laid to rest at St Francis Xavier Chruch on Tuesday, March 8.

He was stationed at HM naval base Devonport in Plymouth and had served aboard Swiftsure class submarine HMS Sceptre, which was decommissioned in December last year.

As well as parents George and Betty, he leaves a wife, Bronwen, and two daughters, Gabrielle and Natasha.

Teenager Natasha, who joined her family to pay tribute to her late father in this week’s Falkirk Herald, is a well-known television actress, most recently appearing alongside former Dr Who David Tennant in a critically acclaimed BBC One drama ‘Single Father’.

The former St Francis Primary School pupil, who attended the Glasgow Acting Academy, was the youngest person to be nominated for a Scottish BAFTA for her role in short film ‘Iota’ when she was eight. She also appeared in Scottish soap opera ‘River City’ when she was nine.

Of her beloved dad, she and big sister Gabrielle wrote: “Your memory, Dad, is our greatest treasure, to love and cherish; to keep forever.”