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SEPT. 20, 1927 -- JAN. 10, 2005

A memorial reception for Jack Craig Watts will be at 6 p.m. May 13 in Daffodils restaurant, 930 Maple Road, Amherst.

Mr. Watts died Jan. 10 in his Baltimore home. He was 77.

He began his transportation career in Buffalo, working for National Traffic Service, Boss-Linco, Dixie-Ohio and then Maislin in Canada.

Moving to Southern California in the mid-1980s, Mr. Watts worked his way up through the traffic division of Hunt-Wesson. He became president of the West Coast Shippers Association and later became one of three regional traffic managers in the country. He retired in the early 1990s.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Fosdick-Masten Park High School and the University of Buffalo. His service with the Army, during the occupation of Europe from 1945 to 1948, left him with a lasting impression of Germany, which he revisited recently with his daughters.

Mr. Watts enjoyed sports, jazz and politics.

Survivors include a son, Steven of Las Vegas; four daughters, Jacquelyn of Baton Rouge, La., Lori Branch of Chicago, Lynne Johnson of Dallas and L. Paris Stanfield of Kobe, Japan; a brother, George A. of Buffalo; two sisters, Joan Jones of Chicago and Jean Herndon of Baltimore; and 12 grandchildren.


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