Beacon Obituaries

Thomas Parker (1937-2018)

Thomas W. Parker, 80, died March 8, 2018, in Fair Haven, Vermont. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and children, Michelle Spola and Daniel Parker.

A memorial service was held March 15 in Fair Haven, with military honors. A second memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, 2 Beekman St., in Beacon. Calling hours begin at 5 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Slater Chemical Fire Company, Model T Fund, P.O. Box 391, Glenham, NY 12527, or to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Paul Watson

Paul Watson (1962-2018)

Paul Eric Watson, 55, of Poughkeepsie, died at his home on March 12, 2018.

Born Nov. 15, 1962, at Harlem Hospital, he was the son of Elijah and Ethel Watson. He was raised in Harlem but moved with his family to Beacon, where he graduated from Beacon High School. He graduated from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, then returned to New York and was employed at Dutchess County BOCES BETA, the Craig House, Saint Francis Hospital Psychiatric and Unlimited Care.

Eric was an avid student of the Quran, the Bible and black history. He spent a great amount of his time reading and studying. His children called him a “walking dictionary”; he could give you information on almost anything you asked him.

Eric was an all-around athlete who played and coached basketball and football. He enjoyed weightlifting, bodybuilding, fitness, health, and nutrition. He especially enjoyed traveling and spending time with his children, enormous family, many friends and associates. One of his favorite quotes was “It’s better to be too prepared and not have an opportunity, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”

He is survived by his father, Elijah Watson (Marlene) of Charleston, South Carolina; his mother, Ethel Chisolm of Charleston; the mother of his children, Linda Green; and his children, Kanye Khalid Green and Dazell Lorraine Green of Poughkeepsie and Sarafina (Sara) Jones of North Carolina.

He is also survived by his brothers, Steven Watson (Terri) of Poughkeepsie; and Omar Williams and Hussain Williams of Charleston; and a sister, Salimah Williams of Charleston.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 23, at 10 at Bethel Church of God in Christ, 91 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Raymond Wimmer (1948-2018)

Raymond F. Wimmer Jr. 69, of Beacon, died March 18, 2018, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born Oct. 28, 1948, in New York City, he was the son of Raymond and Irene Wimmer. He was raised in New Jersey and lived in Atlantic Highlands and the Jersey Shore and moved for work in 1996 to Beacon, where he retired.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing and was an avid runner.

Raymond is survived by his daughter, Melissa Hoppe (Michael) of Bordentown, New Jersey; three grandchildren, Erin, Allison and Katelin Hoppe; a sister, Irene Pollio (Joseph) of Ocean Township, New Jersey; and two nieces, Megan Bunz (Thomas) of Granby, Connecticut, and Amanda Newman (Thomas) of Yardley, Pennsylvania.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Thursday, March 22, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank, New Jersey, where a prayer service will be held.

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