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Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:54 PM

It is with much sadness I report that yesterday we lost another well-known slot racer and forum member, Lee Watson of Dayton, OH, after a valiant battle with cancer. Lee, display name Vannerlee, was a very early member here at Slotblog, joining in February 2006. He raced at several of the R4 races and here's a photo of Lee that was taken at R4/2 in 2009.

Here's Lee's obituary:

Byron Lee Watson, age 78 of Dayton, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Hospice of Dayton. He was born May 10, 1935, in Akron, OH, the son of Byron and Mildred Watson. He retired from General Motors (Delco) after 42 years of service. Lee turned his passion of building and racing cars into a lifelong career/hobby. 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Lee is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Rosemary; two daughters, Debra Sluzas (Anthony) and Cheryl Shields (Rodd); and four grandchildren, Katrina Sluzas, Jacob Sluzas, Sydney Shields, and Jessica Shields. 

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 11:00 AM at Newcomer Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel (3380 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, OH 45432). Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home. Please visit www.newcomerdayton.com to share a memory in the family guest book.

If you knew Lee and/or raced with him, please share your memories of him with us here.

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 12:02 AM

I didn't know Mr. Watson but do recognize the Vanderlee handle and have read his posts.

Anyone who worked for AC Delco and  played with slotcars for 42 years plus is good by me.


Sorry to hear it.


You've made it home, the suffering is over so R.I.P. Lee.


May your friends and loved ones have peace in their hearts and strength to carry on.

Blessings to you kids and grandchildren.


I can offer a song for Lee.

"Say it loud, say it clear"


This also goes out to my best gun collector friend Alfred that just left, he reminded me so much of MY Dad. 

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:58 AM

I haven't seen Lee in about three years but I raced against him many times. He was an extremely good flexi car racer and hard to beat even up in his seventies.


One hell of a nice guy, he will be missed.


RIP, Lee.

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 09:16 AM

Ditto what Butch said. Very nice man, so sorry to read this news. He and I talked at the races in Columbus and always enjoyed the conversations. So sad...



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:33 PM

I first met Lee when we were racing SCX Stock Cars at T/R. I got my first Retro Can-am, an R-Geo jig, and the Stuebe video from Lee and the rest is now history. I also have one of his RetroPro cars I plan on racing next season.

Lee was a class act and will be sorely missed at T/R Motorplex.  

RIP, Lee.
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Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:01 PM

I'm sorry to hear this. I liked Lee, and still use his directions to find MIamisburg.
Rest in peace, sir.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:07 AM

I first met Lee when I started racing Retro cars. 

Rest in Peace.
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