Mr. Frank Ansley Watson

  • Born: May 11, 1935
  • Died: January 14, 2020
  • Location: Topsfield, Massachusetts

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Tel. (978) 774-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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TOPSFIELD- Mr. Frank Ansley Watson, 84, was taken home by the lord on January 14, 2020. He was born in Danvers in 1935 to Ernest Walton and Hazel Loretta (Armstrong) Watson who soon relocated to Park Street in Topsfield. Frank lived in Topsfield for almost his entire life, as he told everyone he was still a "native on probation".

Frank married Margaret May Macaulay of Medford in 1956 and together shared 63 years of marriage. Frank is survived by his son Philip and wife Dawn of Amesbury, daughter Cynthia and husband Gary Osborne of Simpsonville, SC, son and business partner Barry and his wife Debbie of Topsfield and daughter Rachel and her husband Adam Forstot of Simpsonville, SC., Grandchildren Katie Weathers and her husband Niel, Andrew Watson and his wife Amelia, Kirsten Kwasniak and husband Joseph, Callum Osborne, Stephanie Yeager and her husband Matt, Kimberly Watson, Spencer and Hayley Forstot; Great grandchildren, Connor, Finan and Kimberly. Extended family hails from California, Colorado, Utah, Hawaii, Virginia, W. Virginia, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Frank owned and operated with his son Barry for over 50 years, Watson Masonry Company. The Topsfield Shopping Center, Post Office, Topsfield Crossing, Amerigas, Parson's Corner and countless residential chimneys, ceramic tiled baths and concrete floors and patios throughout Topsfield, Boxford, and Essex County stand as legacies to his career. Frank enjoyed gardening and being with family and the many friends throughout New England.
Frank served and was a current member of the Essex County Farming Cooperative Board of Directors, was a member of the Topsfield Volunteer Firefighters for many years, served on the Executive Board as Treasurer for BSA Troop 81 for many years, a lifetime member of the Essex Agricultural Society, Lions Club and Essex County Beekeepers.

Frank was predeceased by his parents, the best neighbors one could hope for, sisters Jane Gallagher and her husband Alcon, Priscilla Spillers, brother John and his wife Carol (Bishop).

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Service will be held in Topsfield Congregational Church on Monday, January 20th at 2 PM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Sunday, January 19th from 3 to 6 PM. Interment is private and will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery at a later date. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) Danvers. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Topsfield Firefighters Relief Association or the scholarship funds of either the Essex County Agricultural Society or Essex County Beekeepers Association. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

To Peggy & family
We are so sorry to hear of Franks passing, We will miss his visits and all his stories from the past. He had such a dry sense of humor , that made us laugh.
Cousin Skip and Diane

Posted by James Armstrong - Barrington, NH - Family   January 28, 2020

To Aunt Peggy and family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Frank. He was a kind and gentle man from what I remember of him, as well as having a wonderful sense of dry humor at times. Frank reminded me of my dad in many ways, a strong, tough, hardened guy but also someone with a heart of gold that everyone couldn't help but love. I'll always have fond memories of my childhood at your farm, visiting and going to the Topsfield Fair every fall. My deepest condolences to you all. May God give you comfort and strength during this difficult time, and peace in knowing that he's now in the Lord's loving arms. Sincerely; Dave Olson.

Posted by David E. Olson Olson - Woburn, MA - Family   January 21, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Franks passing . He was a wonderful person and so enjoyed knowing him. Our condolences to Peg and all of the Watson family .

Posted by Carol and Bill Burrows - Elliott - Hawkins, TX - friend   January 21, 2020

Amazing Person, Friend, Neighbor and Craftsman! please know Frank will be forever in our hearts. The Sabino Family, Wildes Road

Posted by randy sabino - Topsfield, MA - Friend   January 20, 2020


Dear Peggy and family,
So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. So happy to have met you and Frank through Jean. Doug and I offer our deepest condolences. Doug and Theresa Mckiel

Posted by Douglas McKiel - Lakeside, N.B., Canada - Friend   January 20, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss. Hank was one of Topsfield's finest.

Posted by Terry&Cathy Stump - Sanbornville, NH - Friend   January 20, 2020

An admired, trusted friend to many, an adoring father to his children, and a wonderful and loyal, loving husband. He will be so missed by so many. A trule gentle man. Loved him. Just want all to know how important he was. Beverly Spofford

Posted by Beverly Spofford - Stuart, FL - Family   January 19, 2020

Dear Barry, my wife and I always enjoyed knowing your Dad and you. He was such a kind and good man. He always had a friendly hello when I saw him. Please accept our most sincere condolences

Posted by Tom Damigella - Topsfield, MA - Acquaintance   January 17, 2020

Frank was a truly lovely person. I've known him all my life and will miss him a great deal, as well as his great sense of humor. He made the world a better place. My deepest condolences to Peggy and his family.

Posted by Grace Marciano - Topsfield, MA - Friend   January 17, 2020

Heartfelt condolences

Posted by The Caley Family - Neighbor   January 17, 2020

Frank was one of the nicest men I ever met. Condolences on your loss.
Cindi McDermott, ECBA

Posted by Cindi McDermott - Groveland, MA - Acquaintance   January 17, 2020

A great man who will be missed by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to my brother in- law Barry and his family.

Posted by Paula Harris - Peabody, MA - Family   January 17, 2020

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