Roland Theodore Nelson (Rollie) died on March 1, 2014, at the age of 96 at The Terraces of Orleans, his home for the past three years. Rollie was born on July 31, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the son of Eric Theodore and Doris (Berglund) Nelson. Rollie grew up in Worcester, and was a graduate of North High School, where he met his future wife. He attended Becker Junior College, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. In 1940, he married Ethel Elizabeth Mattson, and in February 2010 they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They had been a couple for 75 years. Ethel predeceased Rollie the following November. The Nelsons lived in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England for six years and had many friends there. They retired to the Cape in 1978. Rollie worked for Norton Company in Worcester for thirty three years, in the Machine Tool Division. He was assigned to be the Chairman and Managing Director of Norton Machines in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England and on his return to Worcester was the Vice President and General Manager of the Machine Tool Division and Norton International. He continued in these positions when the company was purchased by Warner Swasey. He also worked as the Vice President of Primary International, was a Director of Coppus Engineering Corporation, and President of Walker Magnetics Group. Rollie was a Trustee of Fairlawn Hospital and Becker College in Worcester, and on the Board for the Guaranty Bank in Worcester. He was the Clerk of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, and Director of the Worcester YMCA. He was the Director of the Community Services of Greater Worcester. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Worcester, and Shrewsbury, England. Rollie was a member of the Federated Church of Orleans for 35 years where he was active on many Boards but particularly Finance and Local Missions. He was instrumental in the church's founding of Emmaus House in Orleans. Rollie volunteered in several organizations on Cape Cod, particularly FISH and the Cape Cod Hospital Fair. He loved fishing, lobstering, golf and gardening, and he and Ethel loved to travel. Rollie is survived by his two daughters Jean Nelson of Wellfleet and Suzanne Calsson of Orleans; his grandchildren Suzanne Pykosh of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Maria Englund of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Alexandra and Benjamin Calsson of Orleans. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Rodney E. Nelson. There will be a Memorial Service at the Federated Church of Orleans, on March 14, 2014 at 11am. Donations in his memory may be made to the Federated Church of Orleans, 162 Main Street, East Orleans, MA 02653. The family particularly wishes to thank all of the staff of the Terraces in Orleans for all of the care and caring that they gave to Rollie for the past three years. For online condolences, please visit http://www.nickersonfunerals.com/.
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Published in The Cape Codder from Mar. 4 to Mar. 11, 2014