Thomas A. Watt

  • Born: March 26, 1948
  • Died: June 11, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Maplewood Park

4017 Maplecrest Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thomas A Watt, 71, passed away on June 11, 2019. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 26, 1948, the son of the late Richard and Gwendolyn Cavinder. Tom graduated from North Side High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Master's degree from Associate Mennonite Seminary and also attended IPFW for a short time. Tom served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1969. Tom served as a United Methodist Pastor for 21 years retiring in 2013. Prior to his work as a pastor he worked at Lincoln Bank, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Peter Eckrich, and Three Rivers Software. He was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Watt; children Richard (Katie Swank) Watt and Laura (Kimani Scott) Watt. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffrey Watt. Funeral service will take place at 2 PM on Monday, June 17, 2019 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46815 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 PM on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at D.O. McComb and sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815. Burial will take place at Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

A fond hello to Tom's family. I learned of Tom's passing from the North Side alumni publication: Totem Tales. Sherry - I know that we met at least once at a North Side High School reunion. I met Tom at North Side, but had an earlier connection. Tom's aunt and uncle (Bob Watt) lived next door to where I grew up on West State Blvd. Bob and family later moved to Florida. I enjoyed knowing Tom and even hosted a surprise birthday party for him and another friend of ours - I think Tom was 16 at the time. He was very appreciative and pleased. I lost track of many classmates as I moved several times after graduation and finally ended up in a suburb of Houston in 1976. From reading Tom's obituary I was delighted to learn that he was able to serve the Lord in his career. What a blessing that is to you all. May the Lord hold you near until you are together again.
Blessings - Linda (Motz) Baker NSHS 1966

Posted by Linda Baker - Pearland, TX - Classmate   August 03, 2019

Thank you to Sherry and Laura for all of the awesome Emmaus team memories. I love you all and will miss Tom. DeColorres, Marge

Posted by Marge Kimble - Columbia City, IN   June 29, 2019

He was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Gary Battell

Posted by A friend   June 17, 2019

Sherry and family. I just saw this notice on Facebook. I'm so sorry to hear about Toms passing. He was such a warm and giving person. My heart goes out to you all at the loss of such a wonderful human being, husband and Father

Posted by Denise Kaufman - Fairhope, AL - Family   June 16, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He came into my life at a point in my career where I really needed a Tom Watt. Someone who was passionate, yet measured; someone who was profoundly insightful, yet humble. Tom was a great friend and a true role model. And not just for me. He touched many lives, both those in the churches he served and in the ranks of the colleagues he served with. Rest in peace my friend. Sherry, our hearts go out to you.

Posted by Jeff Smith - Remington, IN   June 14, 2019

Sherry, and Family,
Bill and I, wish you all the sincere sympathy from our hearts. In the passing of such a wonderful man. He was our Interim pastor here in Decatur. At St. Marks UMC. AND WE APPRECIATED him very much.
May God be with you all.
Bill and Barbara Wolfe

Posted by Bill & Barbara Wolfe - Decatur, IN - Friend   June 13, 2019

Sorry for your loss Rich. Anthems and I will be thinking of you.

Posted by Dan McCormack - Milwaukee, WI - Friend   June 12, 2019

Denny and I thought Tom was one of the very best. Praying for you all...

Posted by Kayc Mykrantz - Logansport, IN - Friend   June 12, 2019

Sherry and Family so sorry to hear of Toms passing you all stay strong,Tom will be greatly missed.

Posted by daniel ludwig - Miami, FL   June 12, 2019

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