ABERDEEN’S WATCHMAN DIES
An Aberdeen icon has passed away. Everyone had seen Grant Victor Salem at some point. Known as the Watchman, he was a well known panhandler in Aberdeen for over 20 years. Sadly, he was found dead in his apartment on Friday.
Salem was 57 years 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 online by Sherry McPherson Paskas
Grant Victor “Watchman” Salem
Sep. 30, 1953
New Jersey, USA
Mar. 4, 2011
Grays Harbor County
UPDATE: March 11, 2016