Richard G. “Rick” Nelson, 78, of New Milford, CT, died Thursday, January 7, 2016, at Candlewood Valley Nursing Home.
Mr. Nelson was born in New Milford, CT, May 10, 1937, son of the late Harold Nelson and Ethelynn (Underhill) Triplett. He married the love of his life Barbara Peet 52 years ago.
He served honorably with the U.S. Coast Guard and was a machine operator with CT Light & Power Company for 27 years before retiring in 1992.
Mr. Nelson was a member of the Masonic Lodge and St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Milford, CT. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, but his favorite times were spent in the outdoors close to home where he loved camping, fishing, horseshoes, and laughing by the fireside with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, his two children, Scott Nelson and his wife Jessica and Leigh Alhage and her husband Lou; three grandchildren, Louis Alhage, Chris Alhage and Elias Nelson; and three sisters, Susan Emma, Donna Ocif and Diane Chase.
Ricky is remembered as a warm and welcoming person that always had a smile, would help anyone in an instant, and loved spending time with his family.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 10 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, New Milford, CT. Friends may call on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, from 5- 8 P.M. at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.