Obituaries and Schedule of Services Released for Patrolman Robert DaFonte and Cadet James Watts 3-1-17

Obituary for Robert DaFonte

Patrolman Robert DaFonte

Patrolman Robert DaFonte

Robert “Rob” DaFonte of Hartly passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 26, 2017 with his best friend Jimmy Watts.

Rob was born December 9, 1993 in Dover, Delaware to Richard Edwin DaFonte II and Karen Lynn Nolette DaFonte.

He graduated from Polytech High School, where he was on the wrestling and football teams. Rob was an Eagle Scout and a PADI Dive Master.

Rob was a 2 year veteran of the Dover Police Department and worked as a patrolman. He was also involved in the police department’s Honor Guard. Rob enjoyed target and tactical shooting and fishing. He was a member of the FOP Lodge #15 in Dover.

He was preceded in death by his grandparent Harry Norman Nolette.

Rob is survived by his parents, Richard and Karen DaFonte, II of Hartly; brother, Richard E. DaFonte, III of Hartly; girlfriend, Kerstin Dean of Smyrna; grandparents Richard E. DaFonte , Rose M. DaFonte , and Margie I. Tuxward; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held for Rob and Jimmy on Saturday, March 4th from 11 ~ 2, followed by a memorial service at 2 at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10), Dover.  Media will NOT permitted to attend at the request of the families.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DaFonte/Watts Memorial Scholarship Fund, set up by the Dover Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #15. Checks should be made out to; Dover FOP Lodge #15, PO Box 1352, Dover, DE 19903.

Obituary for James D Watts

Cadet James Watts

Cadet James Watts

James Douglas Watt’s passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 26, 2017 with his good friend Robert DaFonte.

Jimmy was born May 10, 1994 in Dover, Delaware to Douglas and Lynn Watts.

He attended Holy Cross Catholic Elementary, Postlehwait Middle School, and is a 2012 graduate of Polytech High School. Jimmy had a strong passion for sports and particularly excelled as a wrestler. While attending Polytech High School, he spent 2 years as a captain and had over 100 varsity career wins. He was also a member of the 2012 State Championship Wrestling Team.

Jimmy is a 2016 graduate of York College in Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity during his time at York and participated in various fraternity events until the time of his death.

His lifetime dream was to serve as a member of the Dover Police Department, where he hoped to work alongside many of his friends. At the time of his death Jimmy worked as a member of the Dover Police Departments Cadet Program while pursuing his goal of being an officer.

Jimmy was known for his love of music and sports, where he particularly enjoyed following the NY Islanders. He was always seen with a smile on his face and had the incredible ability to light up a room no matter where he was or whom he was with. Jimmy will be remembered forever as a loving son and brother, and as a friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James E. Watts and Leonard and Joanne Stamp.

Jimmy is survived by his parents, Doug and Lynn Watts of Camden, DE; his sisters Anna Watts, Morgan James and her husband Carlos; his grandmother Margaret Lynch Watts of Leesburg, FL and many loving, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10AM, Friday, March 3, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 631 S. State Street, Dover, to celebrate Jimmy’s life. Media will NOT be permitted to attend at the request of the family.

A visitation will be held for Jimmy and Robert on Saturday, March 4th from 11 ~ 2, followed by a memorial service at 2 at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10), Dover. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.    Media is NOT permitted to attend at the request of the families.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DaFonte/Watts Memorial Scholarship Fund, set up by the Dover Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #15. Checks should be made out to; Dover FOP Lodge #15, PO Box 1352, Dover, DE 19903.

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