Milford Mourns Death Of Fourth Generation Watchmaker

Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe (WBZ NewsRadio)

MILFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — One of Barry Marcus' favorite sayings was, "Old watchmakers don't die, they just tick away."

Marcus, 88, of Milford was a fourth-generation watchmaker who learned the family trade when he was 10 years old. He died Tuesday, Jan. 17, leaving behind his watch repair shop at 258 Main St.

"He always said this was his happy place," Marcus' daughter Julie Campisi told WBZ NewsRadio inside the shop Wednesday.

After her father's death, Campisi is keeping the repair shop open for a few more months so customers can pick up the watches that Marcus never got around to fixing.

"Dad would be really disappointed he didn’t get to finish all the watches he had to do," said Campisi. "I’m gonna make sure they get back to the customers."

"As an occupation, he was truly irreplaceable," said longtime customer Gary Brown. "There’s no way I can get another watchmaker."

In 2014, Marcus and Campisi published the memoir "Watches I Have Known," chronicling Barry's decades-long career as a watchmaker and the stories behind some of the watches that needed his handiwork.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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