NELSON MARQUES Nelson Marques 49 unexpectedly passed away on March 30, 2013. He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., and then moved to PSL, FL. in 1993 where he met his future wife Linda, who was the love of his life. Nelson managed the News Tribune in Ft. Pierce, and was Store manager for "What a World," and "Natural Wonders," in the Treasure Coast Mall. Nelson was not only the greatest husband and most terrific father, but he was also a very caring son to his mother and father, whom he loved very dearly. Nelson was a passionate and dedicated coach to his son Matthew's baseball team at Morningside Academy. He would drop anything to help others, but he would never drop the ball, even when life threw him a curve! What would Nelson say? He'd say, "I Got This!" Nelson was a great man. Grounded with a gifted voice of intelligent reason and an empathetic ear, he had the ability to solve problems like no other. Nelson was always the one to lend a helping hand when it was needed. He went out of his way to help others, and he was a shining example of giving selflessly. For example, last year when Senior Solutions did not know how they would combine their annual holiday tradition of preparing meals and providing friendly visits to clients (with their own family celebration),it was because of Nelson's dedication to their motto: "Taking Care of yours as if they were ours," that they were able to carry on the tradition. Because of Nelson's desire to make sure that the clients had their meals and friendly visits, he ensured that they felt the love they've grown accustomed to from the Senior Solutions family, and were not alone during the holidays. Linda would want the world to know that Nelson was the most incredible and romantic husband. He was very affectionate, and would always provide a loving touch to express his love for her. Nelson did the most amazing things for Linda. She was his Princess, and he was her Prince Charming, who rescued her all the time. Linda never had to open a door, or cook a meal. He loved her deeply and took great care of her. Nelson loved nature, the outdoors and animals. He especially adored his pets, from his eldest 4-legged son Buddy, to Peanut (his morning Dunkin Donuts companion every day) to his baby girls Natasha and Angel. He loved them all, including the smallest fish that he cared for in his magnificent pond. Nelson was a talented craftsman! He could build, fix, and create anything! He was very imaginative and talented in so many ways. When Nelson first met Linda, he was so proud to show her his "Fisher Price" tool set. Over the years, he spent a lot of time learning and mastering his skills. Often, you could find Nelson at The Home Depot or Lowes working on his next project. You would also see him helping other customers and answering their home improvement questions! Nelson spent the last 2 years extremely dedicated to the creation of "A Seniors Retreat," in the Manatee Pocket. He took great pride in making this special place an extraordinary future home for seniors. Nelson was fun and funny, with a twisted sense of humor. He was mischievous and constantly pulling pranks on many friends and neighbors, like the time Frank and Jan went on vacation, only to come home and find a rubber snake coiled up in the middle of their bathroom floor! Do we need say more? Then there was the time that his dear friend Lance received a winning lotto ticket from Nelson. Lance was so excited to have won the big jackpot, that he repeatedly gave Nelson big sloppy kisses! When Nelson asked him to read the back of the ticket for directions on how to claim his prize, it read: "GO ASK YOUR MOMMA!" Anything to make us laugh, thank you Nelson! While Nelson was devoted to his family and friends, he really enjoyed golf and golfing with his buddies. He loved to get out there and "'whack the ball!" Nelson looked forward to visiting with his father Manuel and Stepmother Maria, on the Palm Coast of Florida. Nelson and his son Matthew have fond memories of fishing, riding the mopeds together, and mostly eating the awesome Portuguese meals prepared by Maria. Nelson was a fabulous cook himself. You could find him in the kitchen listening to Yanni, and enjoying a good bottle of Portuguese wine while preparing his culinary delights. All prepared from his recipe book here, thanks Nelson! Nelson was such a devoted son to his mother, Olga. He visited her daily and oversaw her healthcare. Nelson's goal was to keep his mother at home safe and secure, with the wonderful caregivers that Senior Solutions provided. He never missed a doctor's appointment, and one doctor in particular that Nelson admired most was Dr. Gaeta. Nelson leaves behind many friends, and many who loved him deeply. He would not want us to grieve for him, but to celebrate his life and rejoice in all that is good and pleasurable. Until we meet again Nelson....may you be resting in peace, on that peaceful island you dreamt of so often....somewhere over the rainbow. A Celebration of life will be held on Thursday April 11, 2013 at 1:00pm at the Port Salerno Civic Center on Anchor Ave. in Stuart, Fl. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the lovely LeeAnn Santos Foundation. Contributions can be made at any TD Bank. Info can also be found on the Senior Solution's website at Arrangements are by All County Funeral Home & Crematory, Treasure Coast Chapel. Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2013