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DANVERS - Harold J. Nelson, 90, of Endicott Street, formerly of Allen Lane, Ipswich, died of multiple health issues in the Beverly Hospital on January 28, 2018. He was the husband of the late Eleanor M. (Perkins) Nelson, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage.
Harold was born in Boston on August 28, 1927, the son of the late John C. and Alice (Paulsen) Nelson. During World War II, he proudly served as a Seaman First Class in the U. S. Navy. Following his honorable discharge, Harold pursued a degree in accounting at Bentley College. For many years he was employed by General Electric as a Cost Proposals Manager.
While raising their three children, Harold and Eleanor enjoyed creating lifelong memories that included many road trips, and family summer vacations throughout New England. For many years, he enjoyed his winter months in Florida.
Although Harold's professional career focused on accounting and finance, he was a self-taught carpenter, and he hand-built his family a home in Woburn. He was an avid golfer, who spent many happy hours at his favorite course, Old Newbury Golf Club ,in Newbury, where he served as President. Harold was also an avid Red Sox fan.
He is survived by a son, Carl J. Nelson, and his wife, Evelyn Chu, of Reading; a daughter, Deborah Nelson Snell, and her husband, Robert P. Snell, of Scituate; four grandchildren, Kristen Nelson, of New York City, and her fiancé, Patrick Dalton, Kara Nelson, of Medford, Patrick Snell, of Scituate, Margaret Snell, of New York City; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Gladys Nelson Goldsmith, and Clifford Nelson, both formerly of E. Wakefield, N.H. In addition to his wife Eleanor, he was predeceased by a son, Roger Nelson.
His funeral service will be held Wednesday January 31, 11 a.m.m in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment, with military honors, will be held in the spring at the Maple Lane Cemetery, Stratham, N.H. For directions, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on January 29, 2018
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