Salem — Paul V. Nelson, age 62, of Salem died unexpectedly in Beverly Hospital on Saturday, December 29, 2012.
Born in Salem, the son of the late Clarence and Beatrice ( Dorval) Nelson, Jr., he was raised and educated in Salem schools. In his youth, he sold newspapers for several years at the intersection of Washington and Bridge Streets. Following his graduation from Salem High School, Mr. Nelson joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served the country. Following his discharge, Mr. Nelson was employed at Stop and Shop in Lynn, and worked in the landscaping business with his father-in-law, Charles Wilkins for many years. An athletic person, he enjoyed swimming, biking, and racquetball. Music always made him happy and he was glad to sing songs for an audience while playing the guitar, or other string harmonic instruments. He also loved to play chess and go to yard sales.
Mr. Nelson is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren, Tammy and her husband, Jason Cook and their children, Samantha and Zachary; a twin brother, Richard Nelson of Lynn and a sister, Linda Ackerman of Salem and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Jacqueline Johnson, Sharon Collins, and Claire Brown and two brothers Ralph and Gerald Nelson.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held on Monday, January 7, at 10:15 a.m. from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St. (corner of North Street), Salem, to be followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St James Church, 156 Federal St., Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visitation will be prior to the funeral on Monday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Salem Veterans Services, 5 Broad St., Salem, MA 01970. For online guest book or additional information please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com