Stephen W. Watson

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Stephen W. Watson, 59
SCARBOROUGH - The gentle, loving spirit of Stephen W. Watson, of Scarborough, has been released on Nov. 27, 2017, to live on, after fighting brain cancer for more than 10 years.
Stephen was born in Bangor, on Dec. 22, 1957, the only son of Stephen H. and Rachelle Watson. Stephen enjoyed a country childhood in Levant and was a 1976 graduate of Herman High School.
Stephen attended Portland School of Art (now MECA), returning to Bangor to graduate from D'Lor Beauty School. He then began a career of more than 35 years as a hair stylist and colorist, which quickly brought him to Portland.
He worked at Akari and with his best friend, Eileen Worthley, co-owned a boutique salon, "Watson & Worthley" in the Old Port for 16 wonderful years. He finished his career at Satori Salon & Spa.
Stephen's clients were his friends and he appreciated the outpouring of love and support he received in his final months.
In addition to his hair styling career, he also did hair and makeup and floral arrangements for weddings and other special events. He was a highly regarded amateur photographer and sold prints of the photography that he hung as a constantly changing gallery at Watson & Worthley. He had planned to delve more seriously into his photography when he retired, a quest that is sadly ended.
On October 6, 1986, Stephen met the love of his life, Bradbury Blake, with whom he spent a joyous 31-year adventure. They were married on Aug. 18, 2013, at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. The couple lived in Portland, where they restored an historic home; Cape Elizabeth, and lastly in Scarborough. Stephen and Brad enjoyed gardening, nature, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and photography, but mostly just each other's love and companionship.
Stephen was predeceased by his parents and grandparents. He was particularly close to "Nana" Elsie Terrill, his maternal grandmother.
Stephen is survived by his husband, Brad Blake, of Scarborough; and his daughter, Annika Blake-Howland, of Yarmouth. He is also survived by his three sisters, Darlene Lambert, of Eddington; Donna Walp, of Levant; and Diane Watson, of Howland; as well as nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Rebecca Howland, Isyla Lee, and Phyllis Goodine for their help during Stephen's final weeks.
A memorial service celebrating this wonderful man will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. at
Hobbs Funeral Home,
671 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough.

In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to
Stephen Watson Medical Fund
c/o Bangor Savings Bank
241 U.S. Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074, or
to a local Land Trust of your choice

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Hobbs Funeral Home - Scarborough - Scarborough
671 U.S. Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074
207-883-5599
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 1, 2017
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