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Aberdeen’s Watchman dies

Photo posted to Harrison Family Mortuary website and attributed to Ruth E Lacey

-Originally posted March 7, 2011-

An Aberdeen icon has passed away.

It seems as if everyone had seen Grant Victor Salem at some point.

Known as “The Watchman” to some, Salem was a well known panhandler in Aberdeen for over 20 years.

Salem was found dead in his apartment on March 4, 2011 according to authorities.

Photo posted to Harrison Family Mortuary website and attributed to Ruth E Lacey

Salem was 57 -ears-old and appears to have died from natural causes although an autopsy would determine cause of death.

Authorities are attempting to find family members of Salem. Anyone who might know of Salem’s family links is asked to call 537 6139.

From his memorial page on FindaGrave.com

Victor Grant Salem was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1953. He also lived in Ocean Park, New Jersey. Mr. Salem was a diver and lost air in a diving incident.

Legend has it, Victor was dropped off on the streets of Aberdeen, Washington sometime in the mid 1980’s. He could often be seen walking the streets wearing sunglasses and pulling a suitcase along. He would compulsively check his watch thus the nickname The Watchman.

A service was held for him Saturday, March 26, 2011 with dozens of community members in attendance. At the service was a display of his watches, with one set for an alarm to sound at regular intervals.

Photo posted to Harrison Family Mortuary website and attributed to Ruth E Lacey

Grant Victor “Watchman” Salem

Birth:

Sep. 30, 1953
Newark
Essex County
New Jersey, USA

Death:

Mar. 4, 2011
Aberdeen
Grays Harbor County
Washington, USA

 

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