Watson Stillwaggon

Watson Stillwaggon

Monday, July 27th, 2020

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Obituary for Watson L. Stillwaggon Jr.

Watson Lawrence Stillwaggon, 72, of Freehold, formerly of Eatontown, died on Monday, July 27, 2020 at home.
Watson was the son of Watson L. Stillwaggon , Sr. and Virginia Davis Stillwaggon.
He was a graduate of Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls in 1966 and Monmouth College (now University) in West Long Branch in 1970.
He worked 31 years for the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), formerly known as the Bureau of Children’s Services (BCS) and presently called the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. He also mentored Monmouth University Social Work field placement students and one became the Director of the NJ Department of Children and Families. Upon retiring, he was caretaker for his parents. His father passed at age 100 and his mother at age 94.
Watson was blessed to have maintained long term work and social friendships. Many shared in numerous Kentucky Derby celebrations and Festivus parties. Friendships meant a lot to him and one of his closest was with his wife, Patrice, who he said changed his life. He knew their meeting, marriage and life together was a gift.
He enjoyed traveling and New Orleans was his favorite. A Saints football fan since 1967, he was thrilled when they won their division conference and the 2010 Superbowl.
Dining out and sharing good food and wine with friends brought him much pleasure. He was a fan of crossword puzzles, movies, Yankees games and reruns of old TV series, like “Maverick” and “Have Gun Will Travel”. Watson supported the National World War II Museum (New Orleans), Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (VA) and the Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ).
He leaves this life with no regrets and a thank you to all who made it an exciting trip.
Watson was predeceased by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Patrice J. McCoy; cousins, Thomas Davis, Madeline Davis Crawford and God-daughter, Dolores Davis.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 6-8 pm on Thursday at the Fiore Funeral Home, 882 Broadway, West Long Branch. In lieu of flowers, take loved ones to dinner and drink a toast to Watson, one of the good guys. As per the imposed NJ State regulations, there will now be a maximum of 30 persons allowed in the funeral home at one time. Face protection is required as well as social distancing. Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation. To leave condolences to the family, please visit

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    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    West Long Branch
    882 Broadway
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    Thursday, July 30th, 2020
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Bertha & Marc Levin and children Leah & Seth and sent flowers to the family of Watson L. Stillwaggon Jr.
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Bertha and Marc Levin and children, Seth, Leah and families.

Watson--An incredible human being always looking out for others and going out of his way to help. Pat we are thinking of you with love and memories.

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Teresa O’Donnell

I knew Watson from employment with the State of NJ. Watson was a kind, funny, sincere man who was dedicated to his families and the kids he became involved with. Watson would use his own money to ensure a meal when working with these families and kids. His smile would relax a situation quickly and we all were thankful for his smile. He had a goofy way about him that you just could not get enough of. Watson loved his heritage and the love of his life Pat. I was sadden to read of his passing, but I know he had a wonderful life..... just look at his smile.... still!!! My thoughts and prays are with Pat and his family.
Comment | Posted at 07:25pm via Condolence

Paul De Santis

I was a colleague of Watson for over 30 years. I never met a more dedicated caring social worker in the DYFS system. We had a solid friendship and the utmost trust and honesty. I worked for Collier Youth Services and administered group homes in Monmouth county. Watson you will be sorely missed!
Comment | Posted at 04:54pm via Condolence

Jack Pingitore

We are having a difficult time writing this. Not because we don’t have a lot to say about our very dear friend and colleague of many years, but by writing it, his passing becomes real.
We have known Wats for his entire professional career and no matter what role he had in the agency, (supervision, residential, permanency) he performed it professionally and admirably. He was often asked to be in a unit because it needed a strong professional to get it started or keep it going. He was admired and respected by the entire staff and most of all his favorite supervisor, Mrs. P. We’re sure that wherever they are, he’s in her unit, flashing that brilliant smile.
We have many things in common, but the love of New Orleans and the New Orleans Saints has to be at the top of the list. He actually inspired Jack to get a leather Saint’s jacket, which he still has. He’s one of the few people we know who looked forward to having a Lucky Dog when he arrived in The Big Easy.
We still have the coins he gave us every Christmas and we have acquired a taste for Grand Marnier because of his New Year’s Eve gifts. We were so glad he and Pat were able to attend our 50th wedding anniversary and we all got to dance together. Just seeing him there brightened the atmosphere and the mood.
We know our children will miss him dearly. What a treasure. We both feel honored to have been his friends.
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Adrian, Evelyn, Simone and Lucy Crook

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