Kenneth Nims

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Kenneth W. Nims

1939-2013 BRATTLEBORO Kenneth W. Nims, age 73, died peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at Vernon Green Nursing Home where he had received loving care for over 7 years.

Ken was born in Greenfield, Mass. on Aug. 6, 1939, the son of Clinton W. and Gertrude (Simons) Nims. He was educated in Greenfield schools and attended Leicester Jr. College. After a long career in banking, he turned a long time hobby into the full time vocation of Antiquarian bookseller of old, rare and out-of-print books. During the 1970s he became very active in bookselling and opened his first book shop in a barn at his home. He was one of the original founders of the Vermont Antiquarian Book Sellers Association. He spent many happy years as the owner of Brattleboro Books and upon his retirement in 1998, he embarked upon a new phase in book selling using the internet and with the help of his wife, Lorraine, shipped books all over the world. Ken was also a licensed appraiser and auctioneer.

He had many interesting hobbies, loved antiques and was an avid license plate collector since age five. Ken was a great railroad fan and was able to take many rail trips including going cross country on Amtrak in 1996, prior to his illness.

On April 12, 1969, he married Lorraine (Edridge) Nims. Ken leaves a son, Jonathan (Jonny) and his wife Dawn, and a granddaughter, Lucy, all of Brattleboro.

He belonged to the Masons, was a lifetime member of Cairo Shrine and a member of Brattleboro Elks, BPOE #1499 and a former Rotarian.

In keeping with Ken's wishes, there will be no calling hours or formal funeral. The disposition of his ashes will be held by the immediate family at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Vernon Advent Christian Home, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, VT 05354.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2013
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