Earl C. Nelson

September 27, 1934May 5, 2013
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Earl C. Nelson 78, of Westmoreland, NH and a former longtime resident of Keene, NH, died Sunday, May 05, 2013 at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland.

He was born in Westmoreland, NH, September 27, 1934. He grew up in Winchester, NH and was a 1952 graduate of Thayer High School. While in high school, he participated on the school’s sports teams, excelling in basketball and baseball.

Mr. Nelson worked for 38 years with Public Service Company of New Hampshire, first as a lineman, then as truck supervisor, and later as an electrical superintendent in the Newport, NH office of Public Service. A resident of Newport for 24 years, Mr. Nelson was a member of the Newport Lions Club. He returned to Keene in 2005.

He served in the Army Reserves. He also served for many years as a part-time police officer for the City of Keene. He was active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters, and was a member of the Keene Elks Club. He enjoyed playing softball and bowling, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed coin collecting, and was an avid landscaper and gardener, taking great pride in his handiwork around his home. His favorite pastime was the special times spent with his family. He was a proud father and a true gentleman with a kind heart, terrific sense of humor and loveable personality.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary J. (Cheney) Nelson of Westmoreland; his sons, David E. Nelson of Keene, Earl D. Nelson of Marlborough, NH, Mark E. Nelson of Stoddard, NH; six grandchildren, Erica Taylor, Leslie Nelson, Mark R. Nelson, Jessica Perra, Brian Perra and Mandy Johnson; seven great-grandchildren, Aubrey Taylor, Brendan Taylor, Logan Ritchie, Ryan Nelson, Skylar Nelson, Cayden Nelson, Sophie Johnson; a brother, Donald Nelson of Langdon, NH; a sister, Dorothy Buffum of Henniker, NH; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Luther Nelson and Guy Nelson; and his sisters, Barbara Secord, Alice Brown, Emma Nash, and Marion Cutter.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 1:00PM in the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. Burial in the Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, will be private. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Foley Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Nelson’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association Mass. and New Hampshire Chapter, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472, or to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western New Hampshire, 168 Castle Street, Keene, NH 03431.


  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Tom & Rosemarie Dowling

June 8, 2013

So sad to hear of Earl's passing. He was a wonderful neighbor on Trowbridge Rd. All the kids loved Mr. Nelson. Our condolences to Mary and boys.

Jim & Arlene Fitz-Simon

May 11, 2013

Your dad was a wonderful man and will be
greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy.

May 11, 2013

When Earl was in Army Reserves Training at Fort Dix he would visit us at nearby McGuire AFB. Earl was his charming self and our older children still remember those visits and "Uncle Earl". One of the Earlisms he used was "They are all different, Mother". We still use these words of wisdom giving Earl full credit everytime. He will be a part of our family's life for generations to come. Earl, colored our lives a little brighter. Don LaFave, Thayer HIgh School 1952

Linda Schneider

May 9, 2013

I met Grampy Nelson at my sister, Anne Perra's house in Newport many years ago. What a gem! He was so good to Anne, Ron, Jessica, and Brian. He made everyone smile and laugh. God's blessing and comfort to the extended family.

May 9, 2013

I first met Earle and Mary when I started going with his brother Don. He was so nice to me and was always a nice friend. I will miss him as I thought quite a bit of him ellie

May 8, 2013

I was saddened to learn of Earl's passing. I have many happy memories of our friendship starting with grade one and continuing through high school. He was a valued varsity athlete at Thayer High and a great teammate. My sincere condolences to all the family.

Richard (Dick) Sederstrom