By Euro Weekly News Media • 11 February 2015 • 17:27
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THE love, respect and affection in which Angus Russell Watson was held were clearly shown by a large turnout for his funeral yesterday (Thursday February 12).
Members of both the Spanish and expatriate communities were out in force to pay their last respects to a man who had been at the heart of the community since arriving in the Axarquia in 1999.
Leading the mourners were his mother Elizabeth, brother James, sister Linzi and children Josh, Amy, Oliver and Isabella as well as former wife Erica. His father, Ian Findlater Russell Watson, was unable to attend because of ill health, but held a private service with his wife at the same time at his home in England.
Two services were held at the Tanatorio La Esperanza in Velez-Malaga. First was a Spanish ceremony which more than 100 people attended. That was followed by a British service before the cremation.
Speaking at the second service memories of Angus were movingly relayed by his brother, sister, mother and friends. All the speeches drove home the message that everyone who knew him knew to be true – he was an exceptional, loyal and funny man.
Angus, who worked in the Euro Weekly News advertising department, died in a cycling accident on Sunday, February 8, aged 54.
In the time he spent with us he rapidly became one of the EWN family, not just respected for his integrity, but loved and appreciated for the fun and humanity he brought, not only to the office, but also to the lives of those he worked with.
Typical of his sense of fun was when he turned up at the company Christmas party dressed as an Arab sheikh – the only person in fancy dress. “Well, I thought there might be a girl around, looking for a rich man,” he joked.
Angus was born in Worcester, England, on June 6, 1960. From there the family moved to Cheshire, then Woodford, and then back down to Breedon in the Midlands. On leaving home he went to Harlow College where he took a course in business studies, followed by a career in The City as a recruitment consultant.
He moved to Spain in 1999, first to the Andalucian village of Comares, where he ran an estate agency for several years. He carried on living in the Axarquia region up until his death.
Angus Watson was tragically killed whilst cycling in Benajarafe, just a few moments away from where he lived. He was fit, healthy and still very young at just 54 years old, so the news has been a devastating shock to his family, friends and the local community, who will all miss him very dearly.
Angus always lived life to the full and gave it his all in everything he did. He was well loved by a great many people and he had a sharp sense of humour that seemed to resonate with both the English and Spanish alike, so a smile or a laugh was never far away. His last night alive had been a happy one, spent with his loving children Oli and Izzie, before he set off for his morning bike ride when the terrible accident occurred. He had also been with his family back in the UK in the weeks just prior to this, a time which had made both him and them very happy, so before he passed away he had been with the ones he loved the most.
Angus’s brother James Russell Watson on behalf of all the family.
‘When Angus walked into our lives he came as a colleague, but by the time he was tragically taken away from us, he was a deeply respected friend.
He not only proved to be a total professional at all times but also a friend who really cared about the EWN and taught everyone here a huge amount.
He brought his great experience and talent to the office, but to us personally, the Euesdens, he taught humility.
The biggest lesson of all was that there is no argument that is worth pursuing to the ends of the Earth.
He became a friend and mentor. His sad passing has left a gaping hole in our lives, not just professionally, but personally; one that we feel will be impossible to fill.
We know that the great loves of his life were his two children and he had the greatest admiration and affection for his estranged wife, Erica.
Angus, although you are no longer with us, you will never be forgotten.
We all thank you for the invaluable lessons that you taught us in the short time you were with us. We were truly blessed to have met such a remarkable man.’
Michel and Steven Euesden
• A great man. Angus was a great man with a fantastic sense of humour and will be greatly missed by us all. We both started working at EWN around the same time and I have worked alongside Angus from the beginning. He was one of the most intelligent men I’ve known. He was always there to offer support and now he has gone, a big hole has been left in our team and our hearts.
He always had a cracking story to tell on a Friday afternoon over a beer. He won’t be there with us any more but certainly will not be forgotten; we’ll be having a drink or two for him this Friday.
• Loved you like a father. Goodbye, my friend, I loved you like a father!
You will be very missed in my heart but I know you will be looking in on me from time to time. I will make you proud and I will remember all of the wise things you told me. I will pass them onto my boys. I will not see Oliver go wrong, don’t worry, and your children can count on me for anything.
Love you, Angus, within all of our hearts you will remain loved. It’s not goodbye but as Del Boy would say, it’s Bonjour!
Benjamin Wickham and family
• When Angus first walked into the office I wasn’t quite sure what to make of him. He was the consummate professional – first in and last out, and focused on his task.
With his great sense of humour he soon won over the team, and also made him extremely popular with all our advertising clients.
Every day was brightened simply by having a chat with Angus. He always had a story to tell that raised a laugh. He has been taken away from us shockingly suddenly, and my thoughts are with his children and all his family. Farewell, Angus, you will always be remembered.
• I met Angus when he started with the EWN family and he himself was a family man who always had a story to tell. His passion and knowledge on cars and motorbikes was amazing as was his humour.
He was always talking about his family and was so proud of his children. I still cannot believe the loss. It was an honour to work together with Angus as a team and he will never be forgotten as a Brother in the Craft and a friend in life… Rest In Peace.
Esteban Molina Walsh
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Angus was one in a million, he will never be forgotten. I am just sorry I have heard the news in the UK so unable to attend his funeral. RIP Angus, you will sorely missed. Our love goes out to his family. Linda & Geoff Arkwrights xox
A man in a millionWords fail me how can we have lost such great bloke from within the communityHe will be so sadly missed by so many.We will be raising a glass to you and yours tonight AngusR.I.P.Our thoughts are with his family
I knew Angus and Erica when they first moved to Spain many years ago and infact I sold them their house in Comares. Angus was a real fun guy who always had a joke and a fun reply to most things in life. RIP Angus and my deep sympathy to Erica and all the family.
I am very sad to hear that. I did a bit with him with the costa blanca newspaper, but never pushy, always a gentleman. Very sad.
That’s terrible! we also lost one of our collegues on Monday, and it’s really hard…I’m so sorry about Angus, he was so kind…
Fabiola – Buceo la Herradura
I have not met Angus personally only via email and a conversation on the telephone. He was very courteous, friendly and not pushy. Totally professional so you have described him without bias and exactly as I found him, a true gentleman who will I am sure will be sorely missed.
Please accept our commiserations for his family and all his friends and colleagues who obviously loved him.
Best wishes from all at Stein.
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs very sad I only had the pleasure of meeting Angus twice but he was a true gent.
I am truly saddened and shocked to hear this news. Angus was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour. I shall really miss him.
We at E-Z-Home-Solutions give a lot of condolences and respect to the family and hope everything goes well.
I can’t believe it.I’m so sorry to hear this.My thoughts are with with the family, friend and colleagues.
It is always a sad time when you lose a colleague. I hope that your team at EWN and of course AngusÃ¢ÂÂs family are soon available to heal their pain with only happy memories.
We are so sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry about Angus, what a chock 🙁So sad for his family as well, life is unfair.
We are all so sorry to hear your sad news. We had only received an email from Angus last Friday.
We would like to send our deepest condolences at this very sad time. Our thoughts are with you.
A man with a big heart that loved his children dearly. He always had a great story to tell us. You may have gone but you will never be forgotten. Will always be part of the EWN family. Forever in our heartsRIP AngusLove to his Children & Family at this very very difficult time. Georgia
I am really sorry to hear the passing of Angus, he was a great man and really nice to deal with.
It is a very sad new.
Sorry to hear the sad news. I only have made contact with Angus once for info but he was really helpful and I am sure he was a very good colleague and person.
Very sad for all of you, my thoughts are with Angus family and friends.
Sorry irreparable loss.
Sollun gives them their deepest sympathy.
Our condolences to you and the team and we wish you strength for the coming time.
I am very sorry to hear this: Please transmit my condolences to the whole team of Euroweekly. I did not know Angus personally as we had mostly speak over the phone regarding the advert of my Clinic. However I could appreciate in his manners and voice that he surely was a nice guy.
I hope that you and your colleagues at Euroweekly can overcome these difficult dayswith the support of colleagues and friends.
Sorry to hear that, condolences to Angus’ family, friends and colleagues.
Honest enough i am without words for the last hours.Makes everything so relevant again.Please give his family and friends all the strength from me.
This is terrible news. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to the team and AngusÃ¢ÂÂs family.
May I pass on my sincere condolences to all the team and Angus’s family.
I was only talking to him the other day re advertising.
What a terrible shock.
Very sad to hear, please accept our sincerest condolences.
Sad to hear that.
That is so very sad to read, please pass my own condolences and that of my fellow partner and staff to AngusÃ¢ÂÂ family.
I never met Angus but we had quite a few enjoyable chats over the telephone.
I am very sorry to hear this sad news, my thoughts go out to Angus’ family, friends and his colleagues at Euro Weekly during this very difficult time.
Oh gosh that is such sad news, our thoughts are with his family at this awful time.
I only worked with Angus for a couple of months but i took a lot from his mentality and work ethic. Always had a story or two. Couldn’t meet a nicer guy. Sleep easy friend.
My Condolences, Angus was always polite and good to talk to.
In truth I am stunned. Please pass on my heartfelt condolences where you see fit to do so.
Im so sorry for your loss.
Sorry to hear the sad news.
So sorry to hear. I was only talking to him last week. My thoughts are truly with you all and AngusÃ¢ÂÂs family.
We are so sorry to hear this very news Ã¢ÂÂ it was only just before Christmas we were liaising together with Angus on our Christmas Adv.
This is a great shock and you have our more sincere condolences.
Jane Wynne and all in the Sloane Helicopters Team
Os quiero transmitir nuestra condolencia de todo nuestro equipo de FOBOS Telecom.
So sad to hear this news about Angus Watson.He was also a true human.Bless him and bless you.
I have never met Angus we have spoken on the telephone and I know his face from his contact.
This is a very sad time for all who knew him my deepest sympathy and condolences are passed your way, a prayer in my local church will be sent his way.
I am sure he will be organising everyone up there and trying to sell them something…wings to the angels, throat lozenges to God, scripts to Saint Peter and a new robe for Jesus.
My heartfelt condolences to his family.
IÃÂ´m very sorry about your loss.
I never met Angus but I spoke to him on the phone many times and he seemed an extremely nice man.
Great professional person.I don’t believe.
Very sad to hear that Angus Watson passed away.
HavenÃÂ´t seen him so much around here but I got to know a bit of his sense of humor and friendliness, even though we didn’t advertised. He was always very patient and never gave up.
Guess he will be missed by a lot of people.
May his soul rest in peace.
It was a shock to learn about his passing. Only had the chance to work with him for a few months but I learnt so many things from him. He would always tell me stories about the Axarquia area he so much loved. A truly intelligent, fun and professional man. He will be missed by all of us. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. RIP.
The best thoughts when a good man goes and all my family support in this difficult situation.
You’ll be with us always.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Rest in Peace
Oh gosh what sad news
My thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
Sam @ costa del smiles
Sending condolences to Angus’s family at this traumatic and sad time. Working for a short period of time with Angus was my pleasure.May memories to all he knew Angus give you peace and comfort.Rest in peace Angus.Dean Harrison
It’s been a very sad week for us all. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Only knew Angus for a short time but he was very supportive and a true gentleman. You will rest in peace my friend.
We are stunnedAngus was a true gent to do business with and made our conversations fun but retained a professional manner at all times.He was proud of his publication however his family was the greatest love of his life.Sleep well Angus and thanks for the memoriesUntil we meet again
It was an honour to have worked with Angus.RIPA true gent.
I was very sorry to hear about the passing of angus. I only met him a few times but spoke to him a lot of the phone and he was always very very friendly and professional.
Please accept our sincere condolences regarding Angus
Was a very special and emotional moment at the farewell of a colleague, not a goodbye but a see you later.
Now is joking with God!
Rest in peace Angus
# Mrs JuanIÃÂ´m Mari Carmen, but Angus always called me Mrs Juan , because of my husbandÃÂ´s name. It was a bit of his sense of humor he had.I canÃÂ´t tell anything that anyone canÃÂ´t tell yet.We are all going to rebember him as the great person he was.Angus we ÃÂ´ll never forget you.A big kiss wherever yoy stay and youÃÂ´ll always stay in our heart.
This is such a shock. Horrible news. I only spoke with him a few weeks ago! I guess it must have been a sudden thing then?
Sending my best wishes to his family, friends and the team.
Although I didn’t know Angus well I found him a very helpful and bubbly man.
So sorry to hear the sad news. I only saw him once, a couple of weeks ago he came to Nerja to hand me the iPad I won at your pre-Christmas conquest, and he seemed to be a very sympathetic man.R.I.P. Angus
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