EDMOND — Edmond Electric employee Robert Lewis “Bob” Waterson loved to fish and to go to the lake. He went on a guided striper fishing trip just days before he was hit and killed by a train.
“He would get aggravated when he didn’t catch any fish,” Janet Humphrey, a longtime neighbor in Wellston, said Wednesday.
Waterson, 57, owned a boat and a camper he used at Lake Texoma, one of his favorite lakes. He enjoyed going camping with his granddaughter, Audrey.
Waterson, a lead journeyman lineman, was struck by a BNSF Railway train about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday as he and a tow truck driver tried to free his city truck, which was stuck.
He loved everything football and was an Arkansas Razorback fan. His white Ford pickup displayed an Arkansas Razorback tag on the front.
“We teased him about OU football, but he was an Arkansas Razorback,” Humphrey said.
Friends and a co-worker called Waterson a quiet man, never drawing attention to himself.
“He would do anything for family,” Humphrey said.
Waterson learned last weekend that his daughter, Jessica Waterson Fish, is pregnant with a baby boy. His granddaughter was set to start kindergarten Wednesday, the first day of school in Wellston. Her mother is a kindergarten teacher at her daughter’s school.
Waterson worked for Edmond Electric nearly 34 years.
Retired Edmond Electric Director Charlie Burgett said Waterson was already working for the city when Burgett started work there in 1992. Waterson was hired by the city in October 1980.
“I am shocked at this tragedy,” Burgett said. “He was a Marine. He was always ready to get the lights back on.”
“We are incredibly saddened and shocked by this tragic accident,” Edmond Electric Director Glenn Fisher said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family, friends and co-workers. He was a valued part of our team and this is a big loss for many people.”
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