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John "Jack" Benstead Watters
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Thank you, The Family of John "Jack" Watters
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church
    7700 22 Mile Rd.
    Shelby Township, MI 48317

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“Jack made this world a brighter and better place. With his wonderful singing voice in St Luke's choir and his special charm. He was among the best...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Richard Ross - MI

“Jack was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. His happy go lucky personality and his sense of humor will truly be missed. May the...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Larry & Kathy McConnell - MI

“What a wonderful man Jack seemed to be !!! His obituary was very interesting to read. You could tell he adored his family! Thank you for sharing :)...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Bethany Dunn - Macomb, MI

“From your Grace Church, Mount Clemens family, and especially me: Jack, you were a one-in-a-million, truly kind spirited, loving man, that left his...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Tina Coury - Mount Clemens, MI

“Always in love. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Mark H. Reed

“A wonderful father, devoted husband, and proud grandfather. Truly a man I am proud my sons always admired and respected. You will be dearly missed,...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Lynne Watters - Eastpointe, MI

“My heart goes out to the Watters family. I grew up attending St. Luke's with the Watters and their children. When you share faith, you are all...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Melana MacLeod - Gravois Mills, MO

Jack was a kissable guy.... “I had to post this just because it's one of my favorite pictures--Boxing Day at Filippa's. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Mark H. Reed


Today, John (Jack) Watters remains alive and well in the hearts and minds of those who know him, remember him, and love him.

Jack was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and was very proud of his heritage. Although he left Canada to live and work in the U.S., he returned often throughout his life to visit family and friends, and made sure his own family always knew where he—and they—really came from. Jack served in the Canadian Navy with Honor during World War II, and frequently included his military experiences among the many stories he told throughout his life. In fact, those who knew and loved Jack could almost always count on "a good story", which usually led to "a good joke."

Jack valued the gift of friendship, and maintained many friendships from his childhood that continued throughout his entire life. One of Jack's childhood friends, Margaret White, eventually became the love of his life, and Jack and Margaret Watters celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year. Margaret still speaks about how Jack, the boy who lived down the street, was more than happy to loan her his roller skates whenever she needed them. If Jack was able, he would tell you that loaning a pair of roller skates to a pretty girl like Margaret was the easiest thing in the world—especially compared to how difficult it was to get Margaret's Mother to leave the two of them alone on the front porch for even a minute or two…

After a long Courtship, Jack proposed to Margaret on the day of his discharge from the Navy. Their three children, their children's husbands and wife, their five grandchildren, their grandchildren's spouses, and their seven great-grandchildren are all very glad that Margaret said Yes.

Jack and Margaret married on July 17, 1948, set up housekeeping, and started a family. Jack, who had already mastered the craft of carpentry, soon learned of an opportunity with a booming American company—General Motors. According to Jack, GM interviewed him at length, and hired him after observing that, when handed a set of blueprints upside-down, "I had the good sense to turn them right-side-up, so they knew I knew how to read them." Jack and Margaret, along with their two daughters, Lynda and Catherine, subsequently moved to America. Jack, already an accomplished wood patternmaker, eventually was promoted to Supervisor—allegedly because "the last one got fired, so they asked me if I wanted to be a boss, and when I said yes, they told me to wear a shirt and tie on Monday." Jack went on to have a very successful career at "Generous Motors", and eventually retired. Because Jack was retired longer than he ever worked, he was able to continue his quality wood-working for decades, and everyone in his family can proudly point to a piece of furniture that he crafted for them.

Jack and Margaret raised three successful children; Lynda, Catherine, and James, and taught them to be good parents and good people. Jack always thanked the Lord that "all of my children, after all of these years, still get along and are friends." Jack trusted his children's judgment when they married, and he and Margaret welcomed Christopher Przybycki, Lynne Watters, and Mark Reed into his family and accepted all of them unconditionally from Day One. Scott Garrity, Tony Bommarito, and Jackie Watters will tell you that when they married Jack and Margaret's grandchildren; Jill and Carrie Przybycki and Ben Watters, they too felt loved and accepted from the onset. Indeed, it would appear that everyone who gets close to a Watters is treated like family. There are a lot of people in Canada and the U.S. who will be happy to tell you about a Watters family event they attended—at one of Jack and Margaret's homes in Michigan or Florida, at a Fourth of July celebration in Ludington, at a Thanksgiving celebration in Washington Township, at a Christmas Day celebration in Eastpointe, at a Boxing Day celebration in Mt. Pleasant, or at a beautiful little girl's first birthday in Ferndale. Every day with the Watters family is a day to celebrate.

Jack Watters loved life. He loved a good party and a good meal. He loved to make things and he loved to fix things. He loved to give advice and he loved to bounce a baby on his knee.

Most of all, Jack Watters loved Margaret Watters, and Margaret loved him back. Jack Watters thanked God every day for blessing him with a wonderful wife and family, and he died a happy man. Jack would be happy to know that today he is remembered for being a Loving Husband, a Proud Father, a Doting Grandfather, a Loyal Friend, A Kind Soul, and A Good Family Man.
God Blessed Jack Watters.