Peter Watts, a longtime resident of Sandwich, owner of Watts Family Farms in Forestdale and a former house framer, died on January 5. He was 75 and died of cancer.
Mr. Watts grew up in Pawtucket and Mansfield, a son of the late Elmer and Rose Watts.
After an honorable discharge from the US Navy, he settled in Sandwich in the mid-1970s and worked as a framer, then went on to his own building business. He referred to his projects as being “Peterbuilt.”
One day his wife came home to find a pig in the back yard of their-then Farmersville Road home and found out he always wanted to farm. He found a piece of property and there began first Twin Hawk Farm, then Cape Poultry Farm, then Watts Family Farms with his two sons. They raised chickens, then pigs and sheep and cows, even ostriches, then expanded to selling compost and the farm's locally raised turkeys at Thanksgiving.
Mr. Watts loved friendly political debates. He also loved riding his Harley-Davidson and took part in Big Nick's Ride, a fundraiser for the Nicholas Xiarhos Memorial Foundation Fund.
In the 1990s, he served as town constable for two terms. He also ran for a seat on the town board of health.
Mr. Watts and his wife spent their winters at a campground in Florida. They left the Cape in November (before the cold) in their motorhome, trailering his Harley and his sports car.
He leaves his wife of almost 50 years, Claire Annese Watts; their two sons, Ajay C. Watts and his wife, Laura C. Watts, and their two children, and Andrew J. Watts and his wife, Chelsea Watts, and their child, all of Sandwich; and other extended family.
Visitation will be on Saturday, January 16, from 3 to 7 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A in Sandwich.
His funeral will be Monday, January 18, gathering at 9:15 AM at the funeral home and proceeding to Sandwich Town Cemetery for a 10 AM service.
A celebration of his life is planned for this summer.