"He died of cancer and heart failure on 10 February 1917, aged nearly sixty-eight, with members of his family at hand. The notice of his death in The Times read:
WATERHOUSE. On the 10th Feb at 10 Hall Rd,
St John's Wood, after a long illness borne with
great patience, JOHN WILLIAM (NINO) WATER-
On the same day the Secretary of the Royal Academy sent the customary letter to Academicians announcing the death - his 'painful duty'.
The funeral service was held at St Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrace, and the burial at Kensal Green Cemetery. The list of those present, headed by Sir Edward Poynter, PRA, included among Waterhouse's patrons Sir James Murray; the Hendersons were represented by Lord Faringdon's brother Mr HW Henderson and his sister-in-law Mrs Brodie Henderson with Miss Henderson, and another collector present was Mr FM (later Sir Frederick) Fry.
Some artist friends and neighbours there were of long standing, such as Lance Calkin, who had moved into Primrose Hill Studios opposite the Waterhouses in the same year, 1885. From a few doors away at the corner of Grove End Road came Andrew Gow, RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy, with his wife. He was in his seventieth year, and other contemporaries were WW Ouless, RA and Seymour Lucas, RA. Still older members of the community included Briton Riviere, RA, and the watercolourist Edwin Bale, RI, a founder member and sometime Secretary of the St John's Wood Arts Club, then approaching eighty years of age. Among the younger Academicians and Associates were the sculptors Henry Pegram, ARA, and FW Pomeroy, elected RA in that year, and painters William Strang, ARA, Edgar Bundy, ARA, Charles Sims, RA, and AS (later Sir Arthur) Cope, RA, together with the sculptor Albert Toft from Clifton Hill and Herbert Draper from Abbey Road, whose popular classical subject pictures owed something to both Leighton and Waterhouse.
Esther Waterhouse lived on at 10 Hall Road for some time with the two maids and the Aberdeen. She was charming and kind-hearted, but not very practical in money matters. The sale of Waterhouse's remaining work did not take place at Christie's until 1926: meanwhile, she parted with various possessions and some pictures, often to sympathetic friends. Among her visitors was Connie Hyde, niece of Peregrine Feeney and a sister of Sir Charles Hyde, who recalled the holidays at Baggy Point and paid generously for some prints of Nino's work and the oil study Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May. Eventually, financial difficulties compelled her to leave the house for a hotel. During the bombing raids of the 1940s, being by then over eighty, she was cared for by a succession of friends and relatives including Mrs Donner and Mrs Somerville and died in a nursing home in Faversham in 1945."