Monday, July 18, 2016

On the Passing of Eric Watson

Our condolences to the family, many friends and professional colleagues of Eric Watson, who passed unexpectedly over the weekend.

Mr. Watson served the city twice as director of the Department of Public Works & Urban Development and was the first executive director of the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, serving from 1995 to 2011. His first term as PWU&D director was during the administration of former Mayor Mark Fury, leaving to become PMUA director. He joined the administration of current Mayor Adrian O Mapp in September 2014.

In 2005, Plaintalker interviewed Mr. Watson on the 10th anniversary of the PMUA (click link to read). The authority was formed to address solid waste and sewer service operations and Mr. Watson led it through many stages of development.

In each of his roles, Mr. Watson impacted the lives of all Plainfielders and will be sadly missed by many whom he helped and who considered him a friend.



  1. A true visionary and a sincere community minded individual. Who will be truly missed. May the lord comfort him and his family with peace. Ameen

  2. Sad news, as Mr. Watson was a relatively young man. Condolences to those loved ones left he left behind.

    Richard Stewart

  3. My condolences go out to Eric's family. I had a good working relationship with him through the years with the PSID and he will be missed.
    Nimrod Webb
    PSID President

  4. My deepest sympathy to the Watson Family.

  5. Broderick J. FlemingJuly 18, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    I send my deep and heartfelt condolences to Eric's family.

  6. My heartfelt condolences to the Watson family. Eric was a dear friend with a gentle spirit. Plainfield has lost a great asset. May his family find comfort and peace during this difficult time. Rest in peace Eric. Earth's loss is Heaven's gain.

    Dee Dameron

  7. Such a nice man. He will be missed. I only knew him through his work, which he did exceptionally well. He was able to help me out on a number of occasions when everyone else said there was no help for me. God bless him and his family in these difficult moments. I hope it is some consolation that so many of us think so well of him and will pray that he rests peaceful.