Estate Bequeathed to Homer Watson House & Gallery
“Loved by Many, Known by Few”
Kitchener - Richard Watson became a recluse in his later years but never stopped thinking of others. His relatives from the Watson and Bingeman families express that he was a generous, selfless and gentle man who cared for others more than himself. He immersed himself in culture and heritage: collecting books, stamps, coins and art among many other things.
Richard fought the adverse effects of weight gain and obesity, eventually becoming house bound. Few people crossed his path but those that did were left laughing with a sense of well being. Big Rick, as he was known to his friends, had a rare non-judgmental sense of humour. He was an amazing soul that people wanted to be part of and was larger than life in more ways than one.
Upon his death at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton Ontario on April 27, 2010, he bequeathed his entire estate, to the arts and culture sector. Many of his collections were donated to appropriate musems, archives and health organizations in and around Dundas. Included in the inheritance were rare Homer Watson Paintings as well as his heritage home both bequeathed to the Homer Watson House Foundation. Richard Watson was the great-nephew of the renowned Canadian Landscape Artist.
The staff of Homer Watson House & Gallery have been painstakingly restoring and renovating this century home located in the heart of beautiful downtown Dundas. An open house and viewing of the house will be held Sunday April 17th 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
The staff and board members of the Gallery would like to express their sincerest condolences to Richard’s family and offer their appreciation for the generosity he has shown to the charitable organization. Faith Hieblinger, Executive Director/Curator of Homer Watson House & Gallery states “This generous donation comes at a much needed time and will help to protect and conserve a piece of Canada’s heritage”.