HUDSON - Gerald Q. "Jerry" Nash, 90, a prominent business icon and real estate developer, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on Friday, July 25, 2014.
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A resident of Hudson for 62 years on the Trigate Farm property, Jerry was born in Nashua on Oct. 6, 1923, a son of the late Ralph Waldo Emerson Nash and Lillian Rachel (Class) Nash. He was the fifth child of six and was brought up in Nashua. Jerry was a graduate of Detroit North High School in Michigan, where he had lived with his sister Marie. An Army veteran, he served with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II. After the war, Jerry furthered his education at Boston University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in business.
Jerry worked for his father at Nashua Paper Box Company on Water Street in Nashua. After his father's death he and his brother Ralph bought the company from their mother and eventually moved it to the corner of East Hollis Street and Dearborn Street. He later started dabbling in real estate in the 1960s when he met Sam Tamposi and started a real estate development partnership with him that shaped southern New Hampshire and Hernando, Fla. Jerry was instrumental in bringing Digital Equipment, Kollsman Instruments, Anheuser-Busch and many other large companies to southern New Hampshire. In Hernando, Fla. he and Sam developed the Villages of Citrus Hills, a large residential community of several golf courses, restaurants and thousands of homes. Mr. Nash served on many non- profit and for profit boards and has been a member of the Nashua Rotary Club for 52 years. Jerry was a one of the original incorporators of the 1590 Broadcasting Corporation and radio station WSMN in Nashua, serving as President for many years; was the founder and owner of WNDS TV Channel 50 in Derry; was a co-founder of the Ted Williams Museum in Florida; and a founder and former owner of Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home.
In his leisure time, Jerry was an avid skier, tennis player, stained glass artist and loved to travel the world. He made many trips to Europe with the 10th Mountain Division on their Italian reunion tours and other European trips with family and friends. He also made three trips to China and other parts of Asia.
Members of his family include his wife of 64 years, Lucille P. (LaFontaine) Nash; six children, Quentin Peter Nash, Debra Anne Nash and her husband Matthew Bosowski, Mark Alan Nash and his wife Paula Nash, Priscilla Lu Clegg and her husband Robert Clegg, Jr., Rebecca Jean Mitchell and her husband Scott Mitchell, and the late Jeffrey Lloyd Nash; five grandchildren, Jessica Lee Clegg, Jeffrey Lloyd Clegg, Benjamin Matthew Bosowski, Jacob Jeffrey Mitchell and Ethan Lloyd Mitchell; and one great-grandchild, Troy Stewart Mitchell. Jerry was also predeceased by his brothers, Ralph, Lawrence, Roger and Jason Nash; and his sister Marie Atkins.
services: A Celebration of His Life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the Radisson on Tara Boulevard in Nashua, from 2 to 6 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate the man that Jerry Nash was. Donations may be made to The Rotary Club of Nashua, P.O. Box 401, Nashua, NH 03061; Home Health & Hospice Care - Community Hospice House, Attn. Development, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054 or to Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc., 133 South Van Gordon St., Suite 200, Lakewood, CA 80228.
The Farwell Funeral Service, 18 Lock St., Nashua is assisting the family with arrangements. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneral.com.
Farwell Funeral Service, Inc.
18 Lock Street Nashua, NH 03060-2218
Published in Union Leader on July 29, 2014