Eric Thomas Dane Nielsen, Sr.
LAFAYETTE - Eric Thomas Dane Nielsen, Sr, 86, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home in Lafayette. He was born August 30, 1927 in New Orleans to Cpt. Eric Christian Marius Nielsen of Thisted, Denmark and Mary Augusta Mine Nielsen of New Orleans.
After attending Adolph Myer and Martin Behrman HS in Algiers, LA he attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He was on active duty in the Mediterranean when WWII ended. He graduated from the USMMA in Kings Point, NY in 1948.
He served as a Midshipman on the Merchant ship"Del Norte". When on shore he had a retail business, MirMar, Inc. dealing with merchandise for seamen aboard merchant ships.
He Married the love of his life, Nancy Brackett Vandiver of New Orleans on May 17, 1952. After a three month honeymoon he took his commission in the U.S. Navy and served as Damage Control Officer aboard the "LST USS Freemont", flagship of the Amphibious Task Element. He and Nancy loved Ballroom Dancing and he moonlighted as an instructor for Arthur Murrahy Dance School.
After Korea he worked for Ogen, Woodriff and Dwyer designing Air Conditioning Systems, followed by Bernard and Burke, where he served as a HVAC control draftsman and troubleshooter. Later he joined Honeywell, Inc., and from 1961 to 1978 he was Senior Sales Engineer for their office in Baton Rouge, LA.
After retiring the family moved to Lafayette, Louisiana and Eric went into the Test and Balance (TAB) business 1978, founding Acadian Air Balance, Inc; with Nancy. In 1980, he obtained his certification in Air and Hydronics Balancing as well as Sound and Vibration Measurement with The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (N.E.B.B.)
Together He and Nancy raised their four children: Susan Doiron of Lafayette, LA, Cynthia Rich of Canton, GA, Eric, Jr. and Judy DeJean Nielsen, and Robert and Cindy Law Nielsen of Breaux Bridge, LA.
Eric was a most loving grandfather to Troy and Kristen Doiron, Ashley N. (Tobias Idhammar), all of Lafayette, Dr. Eric III and Carolyn Louth Nielsen of Manhattan, NY, Christine Roewe and Mary Rich of Woodstock, GA, Anna Cowan of Lafayette, Sara and Chase Nielsen of Breaux Bridge, LA and 16 3/4 Great Grand Children.
He is also survived by his two brothers, Thomas CD Nielsen and Ginger Lee of Baton Rouge and Jens JD and Diane Hotard Nielsen of Gretna; his sister Karen ED Nielsen of Picayune, MS; his sister-in-law Dr. Susan V. Nicassio of Lafayette and ULL along with many, many beloved nieces and nephews.
He loved his family, Nancy's fabulous meals, walking and talking at the mall, and was a friend to everyone he met. He especially enjoyed playing poker, organic gardening and his dear friends and family who listened to his wonderful life stories.
Arrangements for a Celebration honoring his Life are pending. Online condolences may be expressed to his family at waltersfh.com.
Walters Funeral Home, 2424 N. University Ave. Lafayette, LA 70507; 337.706.8941 is in charge of arrangements.
Walters Funeral Home
2424 North University Avenue Lafayette, LA 70507
Published in the The Advertiser on Apr. 20, 2014