AMHERST - Nelson P. Hains, 91, passed away peacefully Dec. 21, 2012, at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst.
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Nelson was a combat veteran of World War II, serving in Europe with the 71st Regiment of the U.S. Army's 44th Division. Among his military awards was a Bronze Star medal.
A native of New Hampshire and a longtime resident of Springfield, Nelson was a caring and loving husband and father, very personable and kind. His long career in sales with a food broker extended throughout western Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont, servicing major supermarkets.
Nelson is survived by his two daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Nelson's wife, Lottie, passed in 2008.
Following a private family Mass, he will be interred at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam.
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 26, 2012