Jerome Hamilton Watts, a retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives inspector and former longtime Ruxton resident, died March 15 of liver failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 65.
Mr. Watts was born in Mineola, N.Y., and lived there for several years until moving to Greensboro, N.C., and then Towson.
After graduating from Towson High School in 1961, he earned a bachelor's degree from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., in 1965.
After serving in the Navy for several years, his ATFE career spanned nearly 40 years, where in addition to being an inspector, he conducted training sessions.
He retired in 2007.
Mr. Watts, who had lived in Ellicott City since 2003, was fluent in Spanish, French and Turkish. He enjoyed traveling and preparing gourmet meals for family and friends.
His wife of 28 years, the former Nina Cecilia Pozdena Stockett, a real estate agent with Long & Foster, died in 2003.
Mr. Watts was a communicant and usher at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, where a memorial service was held Monday.
Surviving are three sons, John K. Watts of Ellicott City, Peter H. Watts of Ruxton and Thomas J. Watts of York, Pa.; a daughter, Susan Watts Bryant of Ellicott City; and five grandchildren.