New London - Chris Nelson, 43, passed away last week.
Chris was passionate about his work as a shipwright, which took him all over the country restoring historic wooden boats using traditional methods.
He was a proponent of livable cities and was dedicated to building a vibrant New London. In addition to participating in several community groups, Chris served on the planning and zoning commission where he advocated for mixed-use, high-density neighborhoods. Chris helped launch and sustain an active third party, the New London Greens, which opposed the use of eminent domain and provided important perspectives on local issues.
Born and raised in New York City, Chris graduated from Yale University and trained as a boat builder at The Landing School in Maine. He moved to New London in 1999.
He loved sailing and basketball. He will be remembered for his brilliant mind, dry wit, progressive politics and his laughter.
Chris leaves behind many friends and colleagues who will miss him dearly. He is survived by his parents, Joan and Michael of New York City; sisters, Emily of New York City and Jennifer of Baltimore, Md.; brother-in-law, Carrick Mollenkamp; nephew, Quentin; and former wife and good friend, Laura Cordes of West Hartford.
The family will be creating a fund in Chris' memory to honor his life and work. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Published in The Day on Dec. 27, 2013.