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Graham (Tim) Nelson

November 10, 1935October 12, 2020

Our father, Graham (Tim) Nelson, passed from this world to the next on October 12, 2020. Predeceased by his wife Jane (nee Baker), and survived by his much loved daughters - Elizabeth, Laura, and Sarah (Wayne). Fond memories of their Grandpa will be part of the lives of Simon (Ashley) and their children Naomi and Christopher; Benjamin (Shyla); Isaac (Riley); Emily (Russell); Clayton (Lisa); and Adam (Karen). Dad held close his birth family, extended Baker family, and many friends. Dad had very high standards for both himself and others. He valued hard work, perseverance, and independence. He loved his family fiercely, both immediate and extended. As his children, we have countless memories of Dad “being there” for us…including early memories of playing hairdresser and wrestling; making nightly family dinner a priority; being at every concert, show, speech competition and dance performance; celebrating with us in so many ways. Dad continued being involved with, and supportive of, his grandchildren. Dad had many interests and hobbies. He loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener. Over the years, he enjoyed singing in many choirs and participating in local theatre. He was a life-long stamp collector. Dad celebrated education in all forms. As an adult, he graduated from Centennial College in Recreation Leadership. He was involved in activities and classes throughout his life and encouraged others to do the same. Sports were an important part of Dad’s life from when he was a child, both playing and watching. Dad was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 as part of the Oshawa Connaught Park Softball Team. Dad was a “sports generalist”, enjoying various sports besides softball including basketball, tennis and badminton, volleyball, lawn bowling, golf, and curling. He also followed his favourite Toronto professional teams and the Oshawa Generals. Dad was extraordinarily proud of the City of Oshawa and served with determination and countless hours as its Director of Community Services from 1974 to 1994. Through his pioneering vision, many of the beautification projects which still exist in the city were created including the planting of trees along roadsides and floral displays throughout the city. He started his formal work career at Simcoe Hall Settlement House in 1955, was the Youth Program Director for Ontario Forestry Association, and was the Assistant Director of Recreation for the City of Oshawa. Over the years, he volunteered diligently within many organizations including: Boys’ Club of Canada; Eastview Boys’ Club; Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre; County Town Singers; Oshawa Lawn Bowling Club; Ontario Recreation Society; Parkview Place; and the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame. Family, work, leisure activities…all of these were anchored in Dad’s deep and abiding faith. Growing up in the Salvation Army church, he joined the United Church when he married Mom and maintained an active faith life until his passing. We remember Dad’s involvement in the church choir, teaching Sunday school, as a hospital visitor, and saying bedtime prayers with us. His faith, and his church family at Kingsview United, were an enduring support to him. After experiencing some kind care, but also many errors and incompetence at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Dad’s final hours were peaceful. His memorial service and thanksgiving for his life will be held on Saturday, October 24 at Kingsview United Church (505 Adelaide Ave E., Oshawa) at 1 p.m. It will also be live streamed at: https://funeraweb.tv/en/diffusions/18815 Those in attendance at the church should arrive in good time to allow for screening. No flowers please, but donations to Kingsview United Church, Back Door Mission, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Graham (Tim) Nelson

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Noel Hutchinson

October 29, 2020

I owe a debt of gratitude to Tim Nelson . He was on my interview team on my application to the City of Oshawa .
I worked closely with Tim from 1976 till his retirement .
He was devoted to his city and cared deeply for the employee's in the Community Services .
His support to the Park's staff and system helped Oshawa create beautiful parks and open space that the citizens of Oshawa will enjoy for generations.
I have always said to people, Tim gave 100 % every day to the City .
In those times Tim did share his private home life , he was so proud of his family .
Your legacy lives on forever in your accomplishments and your family .
Noel Hutchinson

Kim Lang (Smith)

October 24, 2020

Sarah, Laura and Beth,

My heartfelt sympathies go out to you all as you grieve the loss of your father. I know family, faith and memories will serve to comfort you at this difficult time. I have such wonderful memories of sharing days with your family at Oakwood Drive. I always felt so welcomed and will always appreciate how much everyone made me feel like one of the family! Thinking of you today.
Kim

Genevieve Gibbons

October 24, 2020

I was lucky enough to fly over to Canada from Australia and meet Tim and his family through my Mum's friendship with Tim's daughter Beth. I remember staying at the amazing Whispering Pines house. I remember Tim and Jane taking us for walks through the woods and explaining the meaning of thanksgiving to us. I felt so welcomed by both Tim and Jane and was thankful to see them again in 2014 (photo). I know I will remember and cherish these memories for the rest of my life. I send my condolences to his family. I am thinking of you all. xoxo

Stella Gibbons

October 24, 2020

We knew Tim and his beautiful Jane through my friendship with his daughter Beth which began in 1977. Over the course of 43 years, our friendship has grown to a “sisterhood”. We began as teenagers and have developed into life long “family” with strong connections to Laura and Sarah and Wayne. All our children of the next generation have continued this strong connection too. We knew Tim to be a man devoted to his family, his faith and his friends. We enjoyed his and Jane’s hospitality at their home and during extended family Thanksgiving celebrations at Sarah and Wayne’s home. A wonderful gathering for we Australians to enjoy ! We have been blessed to share our lives with the Nelson family. May you Rest in Peace Tim. I cherish this photo taken at Thanksgiving 2017 with Tim and my husband Richard.

Ingrid Thompson

October 22, 2020

I met Tim about four years ago at the OSCC at Donna’s fitness classes and Katie’s Chair Pilates class. Tim was always very personable, always had a kind word, and always told engaging stories. He was very proud of his accomplishments in his professional life and was especially proud of his children and grandchildren. He often wore his ‘#1 Dad’ t-shirt which definitely shows the love his family has for him. My husband often saw Tim in the hallways while waiting to go to his classes and they would have a jovial chat. Tim will be missed. Our sincere condolences to the family. Joe and Ingrid Thompson

Janet James Penfold

October 22, 2020

My deepest condolences to all of Tim's family.

I shall always remember what fun we had together during some of our Little Theatre productions. He was my onstage partner for the run of "Anything Goes".
He was a very warm, thoughtful person and we shared lots of laughs.

He will most certainly be missed.

David Moore

October 21, 2020

Tim started attending services with us at Simcoe Street after he moved to John St. When he heard that Grant and I were conducting services at Harmony Hill Retirement Community, he asked if he could come along, as he had many friends there. Tim and Jane had been among the first residents of the new facility and I think he was somewhat of a welcome ambassador. On the way over he would recount the history of various civic features, always with a sense of pride in his city. I will miss his presence at church and the earnest conversations at coffee hour, (whenever we can have that again). My condolences to the family.
Rev. David Moore, Simcoe Street United Church

Matthew Wiecha

October 21, 2020

I'm here in far off Sudbury on a rainy Wednesday morning looking at the obituaries from my old hometown of Oshawa and I'm in tears viewing the news about dear Mr. Nelson. Flooding back are the memories of me,as a child,going day after day to Cowan Park during those hot and potentially boring summer months to see what Mr.Nelson had in store for us. Whether it was assorted crafts,tin can cricket,bean bag tournaments,you name it,he always came up with creative ways to spend our July and August. I'm almost 70 years old but I can still remember the joke I told him to make him laugh and how he had to jump through countless hoops to get permission to build a small campfire in the park for a wiener roast just for us. That's how I remember him,doing everything,"just for us". I never knew his first name. It was always a respectful Mr. Nelson. I can still hear his voice and have no doubt he is receiving his reward, in the afterlife, that he so richly deserves.

Sarah Nelson

October 20, 2020

Years ago, Dad and I went on a baseball road trip. We travelled to a number of different stadiums and saw some great ball games. I really like this picture when we were at the Cleveland stadium. It reminds me of the adventure we had!

Laura Nelson

October 19, 2020

I love this picture of Dad thoroughly enjoying a piece of chocolate cake that I had made following Mom's recipe!! Desserts including cake, cookies and ice cream were certainly his favourite "food group"! ! Love you and miss you Dad

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