Nelson, Hugh

Hugh Warner Nelson II (“Buzz”), 71, of Bridgewater, Connecticut died on December 11, 2015 after a long illness.  Hugh was born on September 19, 1944 in New York, NY, the second child and only son of Hugh Warner and Hermione (Tharman) Nelson.  He grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut where he graduated from Trumbull High School.  Hugh attended St. Michael’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he developed a lifelong affinity for that state.  After returning to Connecticut, he married his high school classmate and college sweetheart, Cheryl Ann Caggianello, and they remained married for 49 years until his death.  Hugh spent much of his adult life in Monroe, Connecticut where he and his wife raised their two children, Rebecca Nelson of New York City and Hugh Warner Nelson III of New Bern, North Carolina.  He also had two granddaughters, Sierra Timme and Avery Nelson of Southern Pines, North Carolina, both of whom cherished their “Crinkles”.   Hugh was Vice President of Sales for Central Tool & Machine Co. in Bridgeport, Connecticut for almost 40 years and finished his career as a consultant for Bremser Technologies in Stratford, Connecticut.  Over the years, he coached and attended literally hundreds of soccer, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, softball and baseball games with his children.  He was a lifelong Yankees fan and always spoke fondly of bringing his wife to her first baseball game on Mickey Mantle Day.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on the lake in New Hampshire and on the shores of South Carolina. Hugh’s family and friends from all walks of life have more memories of him than there is room to share here and will never forget his loving nature and how engaged he was as a husband, father and grandfather.  In addition to his wife, children and granddaughters, Hugh is survived by a sister, Lana, a sister-in-law, Kathi, cousins, nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care in Danbury, Connecticut.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bridgewater Congregational Church in Bridgewater, Connecticut. Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

 

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