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Smart & Edwards Funeral Home

183 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME

OBITUARY

Arthur M. Nelson

July 21, 1935June 29, 2020

Arthur Milo Nelson, age 84, died of esophageal cancer on June 29, 2020 at his home in Canaan, Maine, surrounded by his family throughout his hospice care. He was born on July 21, 1935 to Norma Bennett Nelson and Milo Nelson, an only child and a devoted son and father. He graduated from Skowhegan High School and enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served on the USS Intrepid and built some lifelong friendships. After the Navy he returned to the Central Maine area and built his final home on the Sibley Pond family property in the 1980’s. He built the successful South Shore Restaurant for his wife and other family members to run and was known for his paving business, Kennebec Paving. He grew up in a canoe and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Arthur is survived by his wife of 58 years Barbara Spencer Nelson; two sons Michael and Corey Nelson of Canaan, two daughters Gayle Maroon and her husband Derek of Winslow, and Tara Savage and her husband Carlton of Canaan; eight grandchildren, Kyle (his wife Inna) Liimatainen of Kennebunkport, Kali Liimatainen of Bar Harbor, Destiny and Malcolm Nelson of Wilton, Riley Trafton of Michigan, Cody and Heather Nelson of Canaan, and Camden McCrillis of Canaan; his two sisters-in-law Margie Goulette of Skowhegan and Priscilla Ackley of Old Town; aunt Shirley Bennett of Skowhegan, and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, uncles Malcolm, Leigh, and Durwood Bennett; aunts Sadie, Violet Edna, Ella, Vella, and June, and his special daughter-in-law Susan “Suzi” Nelson. A graveside service will be held at the Fairview Cemetery on Friday, July 3 at 10 am. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. Anyone who wishes to leave the family messages can do so on our website at – www.smartandedwardsfh.com The family would like to thank Dr. Kim and Dr. Healy for not giving up on his cancer and for providing him with excellent care during his illness.

  • FAMILY

  • Arthur is survived by his wife of 58 years Barbara Spencer Nelson; two sons Michael and Corey Nelson of Canaan, two daughters Gayle Maroon and her husband Derek of Winslow, and Tara Savage and her husband Carlton of Canaan; eight grandchildren, Kyle (his wife Inna) Liimatainen of Kennebunkport, Kali Liimatainen of Bar Harbor, Destiny and Malcolm Nelson of Wilton, Riley Trafton of Michigan, Cody and Heather Nelson of Canaan, and Camden McCrillis of Canaan; his two sisters-in-law Margie Goulette of Skowhegan and Priscilla Ackley of Old Town; aunt Shirley Bennett of Skowhegan, and several cousins.
    He was predeceased by his parents, uncles Malcolm, Leigh, and Durwood Bennett; aunts Sadie, Violet Edna, Ella, Vella, and June, and his special daughter-in-law Susan “Suzi” Nelson.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020

Memories

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Darlene Huff

July 2, 2020

To Barbara, Gayle, Tara, Mike , Corey and all the grandchildren - so sorry about the loss of your husband, dad and grandfather, seems you all did your best to keep him happy over the past year as his time slipped by. The boat ride will be a very special memory for all of you as the years go by & It surely was very satisfying for him. Thinking of you all as you navigate through the next few days and weeks.

Tonya and Maynard Ross

July 1, 2020

Barbara, Michael, Gayle, Corey, and Tara we are so sorry to hear of Arthur's passing. Know that we are thinking of you and wishing you all the best! Maynard & Tonya Ross

Brian Cianchette

June 30, 2020

Art and I have had some great times together I was so pleased to have had a day of fishing with him just recently we go back to the 60s when he helped us get started in the paving business he will be sadly missed my condolences to the family

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY