George Nelson

George Nelson

Saturday, October 2nd, 1948 Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

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Obituary for George Douglas Nelson

George D. Nelson, 70, of Hill Road, Town of Kingston died Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at home.

He was born in Queens, New York on October 2nd, 1948, a son of late Allen and Mary (O'Connor) Nelson.

A veteran of the US Navy, he was a submariner on the USS Will Rogers. Following his honorable discharge, he joined the American Legion. He was a welding inspector in several nuclear power plants. His last employment was with Archibald Heating and Air Conditioning prior to retiring in 2015.

George was a huge music fan of different genres, but mostly rock. He enjoyed shooting league playing pool for the American Pool Players Association (APA) and poker where no wild cards were ever allowed. He also enjoyed building birdhouses, hiking and being out in nature, photography and was an avid reader, especially Smithsonian magazines. He always had a crossword puzzle in the works.He was also enjoyed collecting coins.

George was very passionate and committed to donating blood at all of the blood drives held at the VFW in Kingston.

He is survived by one son, Matthew Nelson, one brother, Daniel T. (Susan) Nelson of Marbletown, one sister, Patricia (Dewitt) Archibald of Town of Kingston, one stepmother, Marjorie Nelson and one stepsister, Jennifer Nelson, both of Utah, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family has entrusted the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, Town of Esopus, with the care and cremation service arrangements for George.

Cremation held at Wiltwyck Crematory.

Burial with military honors by Jotce-Schirick VFW Post 1386 Honor Guard will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Veteran's section of the New Paltz Rural Cemetery, GPS: 81 Plains Road, New Paltz, NY 12561.

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Ulster County Veterans Cemetery
    81 Plains Road
    New Paltz, New York
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    Friday, May 31st, 2019
    Military Honors by Joyce-Schirick VFW Post 1386 Honor Guard
  • Interment

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Ulster County Veteran's Cemetery
    81 Plains Road
    New Paltz, New York
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday, May 31st, 2019

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Stacy Eccleston

I remember as a child, before Uncle George lived nearby, always being so excited when he visited us. one visit in particular had a profound effect, as he gifted his cat Shuttle, to me. In all honesty it was supposed to be temporary while he settled into his new place but everyone realized how much I bonded with her and separating us would have been devastating. So, he let me have her for good and we spent 13 years together. I loved that cat. And her we are, full circle, as I inherit his much-loved 11 year old cat Mugwomp. I also remember trips to the city to visit my cousin Matthew where we went to the car show and ate at authentic NY deli's. I also appreciate the many conversations we have had over the years, as my Uncle was smart and had a lot of opinions! We actually have a few inside jokes, my favorite being that he teased me as an adult calling me "niece Stacy" because I could never outgrow using the kinship name "uncle" when addressing my Uncle Dan and Uncle George. Although I'm honored he felt I could be a peer and drop the "Uncle" , I respected him too much to do so. I remember we talked on the phone for two hours the day after I brought my first born, Elaina, home from the hospital on Long Island. This meant a lot during a time that I felt very homesick. I would say most likely ofmy family enjoys music but I probably inherited my love for live music concerts from Uncle George. You were loved and you will be missed. Rest in peace Uncle George
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