William Kenneth Watson (Ken), passed away on 5th March 2006 at Cockermouth, Cumbria after a lengthy illness borne with fortitude. A devoted husband, he will be greatly missed by his wife Audrey, family and friends.
Ken was a very well-known and distinguished Philatelist and a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of London. He served for many years on the Executive Committee of the Yorkshire Philatelic Association, and was possibly its longest serving Chairman, having held the chair from 1974 to 1985. The YPA presented him with a glass goblet appropriately inscribed. He was also a signatory of the Roll of Yorkshire Distinguished Philatelists.
Ken’s main philatelic interests were in the Caribbean Area, and he formed major collections of Jamaica, St. Kitts and London Coffee Houses. Ken was one of the founder members of the Roses Caribbean Philatelic Society, a member of the British West Indies Study Circle and British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group, as well as a long standing member of a number of various Yorkshire Societies.
Ken was a credit to Yorkshire Philately and will be long remembered, especially by West Indian Collectors worldwide.
Malcolm D Watts, 25th May 2006