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GLOUCESTER, MA - John V. Nelson, 84, of Gloucester, husband of the late Ruth F. (Hunter) Nelson, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, February 3, 2018, at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born in Arlington, Mass., on March 4, 1933, son of the late Simon Nixon and Cecila (Nelson) Nixon.
John was a graduate of Gloucester High School. During his high school years, he was very active in ROTC. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He loved the Marine Corps.
In the 1970s, he owned and operated Gloucester Security, in Brown's Mall. He later worked for many years at Gorton's of Gloucester as a foreman on line seven, the McDonald's line.
In 1998, he became a hero by saving Debra Perruzzi from being trapped in a car wreck. She was so very grateful to him.
John enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, golfing, wrestling, spending time with friends, going to yard sales with his wife, watching TV, painting portraits, and was very much looking forward to the Super Bowl.
He loved being around family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
He is survived by his two sons, Wayne Nelson, and his wife, Keri, of Gloucester, Shawn Nelson, and his wife, Angel, of Salem; his daughter, Deborah Muise, of Gloucester; 11 grandchildren, Vanessa Nelson, Tiffany Nelson, both of Maine, Christopher Nelson, Lucas Nelson, and Thomas Nelson, all of Gloucester, Baylee Nelson, Hayden Nelson, and Vanessa McKinnon, all of Salem, Kendra Romanuk, and her husband, Greg, Kimberly Muise, and her fiancé, Leonard Ciaramitaro, and Kenneth Muise Jr., all of Gloucester; four great-grandchildren, David Mattson, Zackary Hendrickson, Jacob Romanuk, and Teagen Leslie-Nicole Ciaramitaro, all of Gloucester; two brothers-in-law, Donald Hunter, and his wife, Marie, David Hunter, and his wife, Elizabeth, all of Gloucester; special friends, Albert Williams, and his wife, June, and their family of Lakeland, Fla., Joanne Seaton, and her husband, Harley, and their family, of Hampton, N.H.
He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Goldsmith, and his brother, William Nixon.
His graveside service will be held on Friday, February 9, at 2 p.m., in Seaside Cemetery, Gloucester. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, will be held on Wednesday, February 7, from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Office of Veterans Services, City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930. Please make checks payable to "Veterans Services." All contributions help local veterans.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 4, 2018
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