James H Watson, Jr.

1938-01-03 - 2021-04-10

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street Crete IL (Map-it)


Service Date: 0000-00-00

Service Time:

Place of Service: St. Liborius Catholic Church 71 W 35th Street, Steger, Illinois (Map-it)

Cemetery: Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery 6001 West 111th street, Alsip, Illinois (Map-it)

Info: 708-672-7600

Web: https://www.cretefuneralhome.com/ (Go)

James H. Watson Jr.  age 83 resident of Crete, Illinois passed away on April 10, 2021. Loving husband to the late Kathleen (nee Kerrigan) 2010. Beloved father to James III (Kimberly) Watson, David (Deborah) Watson, Mary Anne (Michael Matchinis), and Joseph Watson. Cherished grandfather of 10 and great grandfather of 6.   Jim preceded in death by two sisters Dorothy Tobuch and Eleanor Olson.  Jim was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago where he met and married, at the young age of 19, his wife and life partner Kathleen Kerrigan.  Partnering with his father in the used auto parts business, Jim escalated ABC Auto Parts from a “junk yard” to one of Chicagoland’s largest automotive recyclers.  Jim was fortunate to work alongside all four of his children and many of his grandchildren.  Jim’s grandchildren describe Jim as “winning the jackpot when it comes to grandparents”.  To his children he was their father, mentor and friend. To those closest, Jim will be remembered for his model marriage to Kathleen, wise words of wisdom and the importance he placed on family, not to mention his passion for his business where he worked 6 days a week for his entire life.  Sundays were dedicated to faith and family.  We will miss him every day but he will live on when we host our family talent show at Christmas, when we sit in the corner booth at RL’s, when we play cards and when we bring our dollar pads to Vegas. 

Due to the current circumstance and restrictions caused by Covid-19 we ask that you please follow the state’s guidelines where masks/ face coverings and distancing are concerned. On behalf of the family and the funeral home staff, we would like to thank you for your cooperation.

Visitation Thursday, April 15th  from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. at Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main St. (Dixie Hwy.), Crete, IL. Funeral Mass at 10AM, Friday at St. Liborius Church, 35th & Halsted Blvd., Steger, Illinois.  Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, IL. Info:  (708) 672-7600.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to University of Chicago, c/o Shanda Lentz, 5841 Maryland Avenue, MC 6092, Chicago, IL  60637 for lung cancer research.



  1. Dave Ydreo on April 13, 2021 at 10:55 am
    Jim was one of the greatest people i have ever know.A very kind and compassionate person.He was like a father to me.Now he is in heaven. Rest in peace my friend

  2. Mick Van Kampen on April 13, 2021 at 3:52 pm
    Jim was always fun to talk to. He was always right to the point which I really respect. I’m going to miss him greatly.

  3. John A Catalano JR on April 13, 2021 at 3:58 pm
    Very Sorry for your lose. Jim Sr was a pioneer in our industry. He will be missed .
    The Catalano Family

  4. Chris Atencio on April 13, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    The team at EZ-Suite (Jim, Alex, Chris, Laurie, Colton and Dallas) would like to send our deepest condolences to Jim, Joe, Mary Anne, David and the entire Watson family – you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Laura Matchinis-Bowie on April 13, 2021 at 10:42 pm
    So sorry for your loss, he as a kind man.

  6. Steve Slocum on April 14, 2021 at 11:49 am
    BC Automotive would like to send our deepest condolences

  7. Erica Steadman on April 14, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    Jim, or “Grandpa Watson” as my sisters and I always called him, was just such a wonderful man. He always treated my sisters and I like his extended grandchildren. He was always there for the big moments in our lives and I will always remember him as the loving, adoring, big personality that he was. I will miss him greatly. Rest in peace Grandpa.

  8. eric neal on April 14, 2021 at 3:34 pm
    The Neal Family sends our condolences to the Watson family.

  9. Maureen Rochetto McGuire on April 14, 2021 at 4:49 pm
    Dearest Cousins,

    Jimmy, Mary, David and Joey,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful father with me. He was the “jackpot” for uncles, as well, an encourager, supportive and he modeled and reflected a deep respect and love for his family.


  10. John Catalano Sr. on April 15, 2021 at 10:37 am
    Very sorry for your loss ,your father was always a great influence to the industry and just a nice Guy .Are Payers for the family.
    John Catalano

  11. Dr.Lee A. Hazelwood on April 16, 2021 at 7:51 am
    I’m So Sad Happy Blessed to Had Sr. As my Dad Father Mentor and
    Friend. Blood alone doesn’t make you related. Because Jim.Sr. Adopted me almost 30 years ago and Mrs. Watson as well I’m still respected and held in high regard as a son brother our family has lost Our Patriarch the World has Lost the only SAINT IVE EVER BEEN SO VERY VERY PRIVILEGED TO KNOW. Mere words cannot express what our family Feels. Dad Take YOUR REST IN HEAVEN WITH MOM. IT’S NEVER GOODBYE BUT MERELY SEE YOU LATER DAD!!!! AMEN!!!!!!! Take Your Well Deserved and Well Earned REST

  12. The Mykytiuk Family on April 16, 2021 at 5:53 pm
    Grandpa Watson was a kind and generous man. So thoughtful to all. I’m sorry for your loss. Rest peacefully in heaven. ❤️

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