Alice Watson, who came with her family to Montauk in 1952 to camp at Hither Hills, and loved it so much she convinced her husband, George Watson, to build a bungalow near the fishing docks, died in Basking Ridge, N.J., on New Year’s Day. She was 91.
During the summers in the ’50s and ’60s, Mrs. Watson, who had nine children, worked with her sons for Carl Forsberg Sr., helping with the daily operation of the Viking Fleet in Montauk. Later, she worked as a hostess at Gurney’s Inn and at the Flying Fish restaurant in Montauk, which was on East Lake Drive.
A founding director of the Montauk Public Library, she also worked at the Montauk Lighthouse greeting visitors, and was a tutor for after-school reading programs. She was a eucharistic minister, and volunteered at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Born in Brooklyn on May 5, 1920, Mrs. Watson was a graduate of Holy Cross Secretarial School in Manhattan and Staten Island Community College. She worked as a school secretary for the New York City Board of Education, and, while in that capacity, served as president of the Staten Island School Secretaries Association.
She and Mr. Watson, who died before her, were married for 41 years. A son, Joe Watson, predeceased her.
Her other children survive. They are George Watson and Alice Houseknecht of Montauk and Audrey Andres of Springs, as well as Bernadette Koch of Basking Ridge, Cathy Watson of Oahu, Hawaii, Rob Watson of Oldsmar, Fla, Tom Watson of Paris, and Paul Watson of Daejeon, South Korea.
Also surviving Mrs. Watson is an identical twin sister, Catherine Cooke McCabe of Montauk, along with 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
A service was held on Friday at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Basking Ridge. Mrs. Watson was cremated.
Donations in Mrs. Watson’s memory have been suggested to the East End Foundation, P.O. Box 1746, Montauk 11954.