ALBERT B. WATTS JR. – TENANTS HARBOR, ST. GEORGE – Capt. Albert Barter Watts Jr., 87, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport. Albert was born Feb. 27, 1921, in New Haven, Conn., the son of Albert B. Watts Sr. and Agnes Margaret (Hamilton) Watts. As a young man, Albert enjoyed the company of friends while hunting, fishing and playing sports, especially enjoying baseball and ice-skating. His real passion, however, was the sea and he missed no opportunity to be on the water. After graduating from St. George High School in 1939, he worked for Pratt & Whitney, Hartford, Conn. When World War II began, he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., graduating in 1944. While attending school and immediately after graduation, he sailed in merchant convoys during World War II, receiving veteran status. After the war, he sailed on ocean going tankers for Texaco Oil Co., until returning home and going into partnership to open Sea Coast Paint and Wallpaper Co., Rockland. A few years later he returned to the sea with Texaco Oil Co., and continued his career with them for a total of 35 years, retiring in 1984. He captained several tankers, the last being the 730ft. SS Texaco California. After his retirement, Albert was involved in many community activities. He joined the Eureka Lodge No. 84 AF & AM in 1942, where he later served as Master, District Deputy Grand Master of District 9 and an active member. He was a Past Patron of Naomi Chapter 25 Order of the Eastern Star, OES, in Tenants Harbor, where he presently was residing as an Associate Patron. He was Worthy Grand Patron-Grand Chapter of Maine, OES from 1991 to 1992. His other memberships included Scottish Rite Bodies, Kora Temple Shrine, American Legion, Tenants Harbor and Ridge Baptist Church, Tenants Harbor, where he served as both a deacon and a trustee. Albert was a devoted and loving husband and father, eager to help his wife and children in any way possible, as he constantly proved. He adored his grandchildren and seldom missed a soccer, basketball or softball game they were involved in. He loved carpentry and spent numerous hours in his shop building anything from desks to doll houses for family and friends. He is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Marion (Dowling); son, Timothy Watts of Tenants Harbor; daughter, Terryl Watts and her daughter, Tamara Brown, of Naples, Fla., and her granddaughter, Jocelyn, of Naples, Fla.; son, Todd Watts and his wife, Lauren, and their children, Megan, Aley and Taylor Watts, all of Tenants Harbor; and niece, Lorraine Schemel of Springfield, Ohio, as well as cousins. He will remain in their hearts forever. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, with a Masonic service 7 p.m. at Hall & Bibber Funeral Home, 78 Main St., Thomaston. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Ridge Baptist Church, Ridge Road, Tenants Harbor. Pastors Jim Robins, Terence Willis and Doug Anderson Jr. will officiate. A committal service will be held directly after at Sea Side Cemetery, Tenants Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. George Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 131, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860 or Trekkers Inc., P.O. Box 455, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall & Bibber Funeral Home, 78 Main St., Thomaston.