SHERMAN – A vigil was held on Saturday night to remember a one-year-old boy who died in a Chautauqua County house fire this week.
Those in attendance braved bitter cold temperatures to reflect on the short, yet vibrant life, of Watson Taylor who died during a fire at his West Main Street home in Sherman overnight Wednesday.
“I wanted to do something in honoring my nephew, said Watson Taylor’s aunt Jennifer. “I thought it was the best way for everybody to pay their respects, and mine as well, and know that he meant a lot to the family and he will greatly be missed.”
Watson’s Aunt Jennifer coordinated the vigil to not only help her family grieve his loss, but the Sherman community as well.
“He was just the happiest little baby. Happy and content with anything,” explained Taylor when reflecting on Watson’s life. “They say the youngest one is always the momma’s boy, but he was definitely a daddy’s boy. He was just so full of life and had so much more life to live.”
Taylor tells us two of Watson’s siblings suffered burns before jumping out of a second-floor window to safety. They are now hospitalized at UPMC in Pittsburgh.
“Elliye is doing good, she’s responding to treatment,” further Taylor. “Miles is hanging on, he’s a strong little guy.”
The vigil was not only a chance for the community to mourn, but to rally as well, and support the family by dropping off donations like clothing for young Watson’s brothers and sister.
The Sherman Fire Department will continue to collect donations Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A GoFundMe page is also collecting monetary contributions.