John Eric Nelson

NORTHAMPTON - John Eric Nelson, 53, of Northampton, passed away on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

John was born April 25, 1959 and was was married to Jennifer Nelson (Driver) on Nov. 19, 2011.

John was very active in the community and was involved in Boy Scout Troop #109 of Florence from 2000 to 2009. As scout master, he led four boys to carry on to their Eagle Scout rank, a rank attained by less than two percent of all Boy Scouts.

Family and friends were John's passion and delight. The one thing he cared about more than himself were his friends. Camping was one of his many passions and jumped at every opportunity to go. He was very active and loved being outdoors.

John is survived by his father Richard Nelson and mother Joyce Nelson; sons, Evan Nelson and Joshua Howe; and extended family Lisa and Brett McGuinness, Cindi, Mark and Todd Emery; he also leaves behind Linda Turati and numerous loving relatives and friends.

Services will be held at Ahearn Funeral Home Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. A calling hour will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and the service will be from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for him during his last few months.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Fisher Home for End-of-Life Care, 1165 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002 or The Elks BPO #997, 17 Spring St., Florence, MA 01062.

Arrangements are provided by Ahearn Funeral Home.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette from Feb. 7 to Feb. 14, 2013