Nelson, Keith

May 12th, 2011

Keith C. Nelson, age 84, of Wilmington, formerly of Newton, died peacefully on Thursday, May 12, 2011, following a lengthy illness.

Keith was born April 23, 1927 in Newport, ME, he was the cherished son of Raleigh P. Nelson and Hilda (Peva) Nelson.

Keith grew up in Newport Maine on the shores of Lake Sebasticook, he loved canoeing with his brother in their red Old Town canoe. He also lived in Presque Isle, ME where he helped with his family’s potato farm. The family moved to Wilmington, MA in 1943 when his father was recruited as a precision machinist at the Boston Navy Yard.

A graduate of Wilmington High School in 1945 and then from the Wentworth Institute and the Boston Architectural Center. Immediately after graduation he worked for H. E. Davidson Architectural Office in Boston. Later he became a partner in the Kreider and Nelson office in Newtonville. He continued his career with his own office and also worked with PACE International and Gilbert Small and Co. He designed several buildings in the Wilmington area and worked on the Church of the Advent steeple renovation in preparation for the Bicentennial celebrations, the old Boston Public Library, in addition to office buildings, vacation homes, and industrial projects throughout New England and several international projects. He was also called on by the National Fire Protection Association as an expert witness on code violation cases.

He was involved in his community as an officer in the junior Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International in Newton, MA where he lived with his family for many decades. He was also a Deacon at Central Congregational Church and an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 301 of the Norumbega Boy Scout Council.

Keith enjoyed time in the garden, camping, canoeing, and stereo photography.

Keith is survived by his wife of 56 years, Christine S. Nelson, their children K. C. Nelson and David Nelson of Wilmington, Elisa Nelson and her husband R. Paul Smith of Burlington VT, his brother Gerald S. Nelson and wife Mary of Lovell ME. His Sister-in-law Ruth R Swenson of Wilmington, brother-in-law E. Alfred Swenson and wife Nancy of Holden, Ma, and sister-in-law Pamela Solomon and husband Barry of Wilmington. Many nieces and nephews include Terry Lee Nelson and wife Poppy of Massachusetts, Karen Nelson of Colorado, Kristin Izes and husband Robert of Maryland, Mark Nelson and wife Clair of Maine and grand nephews John Nelson and family, and Matthew Nelson and family, niece Karen Habegger and family of CT, and nephew James Swenson and son Nicholas of Holden, MA

Close friends include Jimmy and Helen Durkee of Wilmington and Bill and Alice Bergquist of Newton.

Private Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Keith’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society National Office, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605, or to the Wilmington Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Nelson, Keith”

  1. Elaine MacDonald says:

    My sincere condolences to the Mrs. Nelson and her family.
    Elaine MacDonald
    Meadow View

  2. Rosemary Crowley says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nelson family. On behalf of the Friends of Harnden Tavern, Wilmington MA.

  3. Marsha Agostino says:

    Was so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. You are in my prayers.

  4. Ruth Park Fuss says: deepest sympathy goes out to Chris and the whole Nelson family. My longest memories of Keith go back a long, long way to shortly after his family had moved to Wilmington. When he and Jerry used to walk to the high school, I with my little short legs would try to keep up with their long, long strides. This was a challenge to say the least…but I felt if I could keep them in sight…I would be safe. I loved his MOM and DAD..and I did admire the boys..especially Keith. May he rest in peace.

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