Rodney Watts

Rodney J Watts

1938 - 2020

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Rodney J. Watts 82, of landing, passed away peacefully in his home of 56 years, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.  Rodney (Rod) was born and raised in Dover, with the Watts family deeply rooted in Dover history dating back to 1690!

 Rod moved to the Shore Hills section of Landing/Roxbury to raise his own family in the 1960’s.  He served in the United States Navy from 1956 – 1959 on the USS DD/DDR881 Bordelon.   Rod was a Maintenance Supervisor at the company formally known as Sandoz (now Novartis) in E. Hanover for 15 years before striking out on his own to start RC Residential & Mechanical contractors in Landing for over 30 Years, retiring 7 years ago.

Rod was a member of the Shore Hills Country Club for over 50 years.  He loved to fish all summer on beautiful Lake Hopatcong, ice skate and ski in the winter.  Rod also loved to travel and he was a boy scout troop leader (Troop 188) and he enjoyed carpentry & metal crafting/welding.  He was also an avid cook…trying new recipes weekly.

He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years Molly D. Watts (Davey), his parents Judson and Alice (Shire) Watts. Rod is survived by his sister Emma Jane Ames, Bellport, LI, NY, son Rodney G. Watts of Landing, NJ (DIL Lisa) and daughter Mollyjean Watts Betlow of Dover, (SIL Ronald Betlow).  He also sadly leaves behind three grandchildren; Matthew Watts, Ronald Betlow and Abigail Watts. And two great grandchildren: Mathew and Cassandra Grace.

All arrangements are private by Tuttle Funeral Home, 272 Route 10, Randolph (

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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