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William J. Watson, printing executive Jan. 28, 1917 -- Feb. 27, 2006

A memorial service for William J. Watson of Buffalo, a retired printing executive, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Unitarian Universalist Church, 6320 Main St., Amherst. Mr. Watson died Feb. 27 in Mercy Hospital after suffering a stroke. He was 89.

He was vice president and a partner in William J. Keller Co., printers and lithographers, during the 1950s and '60s. The firm introduced many innovations to Western New York, including offset lithography and computer photo-typesetting.

After the company was sold to Herf Jones Co., Mr. Watson worked for Cooper & Beatty Typography in Toronto for six years before moving to Orchard Park in 1980.

In 1991, he and his wife started a small, hand-printed quarterly publication that collected witty quotations around a theme. She edited and did the proofreading, he laid out the pages, and they shared the press work. A favorite of friends and neighbors, the final issue was published in spring 2004.

But Mr. Watson was never able to stay away from print shops. Up until last month he was visiting Paradise Press on East Tupper Street three times a week, making leaflets with wood engraved pictures of birds and typeset quotes.

He also was an avid collector of fine art printing. A collection of his works will be archived at the library of Syracuse University, his wife's alma mater.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Watson held a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Buffalo.

His wife, Marie Woods Watson, died in 2004.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas W. of San Pablo, Calif., Jonathan K. of Fairfield, Iowa and Lawrence P. of Glen Ellen, Calif.; a sister, Barbara Watson Scott of Saratoga Springs; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

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