John Bernard Nelson
John Bernard Nelson
  • June 8, 1924 - November 18, 2016
  • Fairhaven, Massachusetts

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John B. Nelson "Jack", age 92, died on November 18, 2016 at Alden Court after a period of declining health. He was the son of John B. and Margaret (McHugh) Nelson. Born in New Bedford on June 8, 1924, he has lived in Fairhaven since 1973. Most of his close friends knew him, affectionately, as "Bad Jack".

Jack retired in 1990 after serving 40 years with the Acushnet Company Rubber Division in the Finance and Accounting Dept.

After reaching his 18th birthday, he volunteered to join the US Army Air Corp, serving with the 15th Air Force, 451st Bomb Group based in Foggia, Italy. His unit received ten battle stars.

Jack enjoyed golf, played at the Rochester Golf Club, and was fortunate to have had two holes-in-one. He loved animals, especially cats. He was also a jazz enthusiast and kept it active in his life with the help of his special friend Matt Richard.

He was an active member of the Unitarian Memorial Church of Fairhaven and served as Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and chair of the Investment Committee.

Jack is survived by his loving partner, Mary Jane Richard, four children: Peter and his wife Lisa, John and his wife Jackie Francisco, Kristen and her husband Hunter Urion, and Thomas and his wife Kathryn Cruz and ten Grandchildren: Eric, Erica, Christina, Kendall, Abegale, Sarah, Julia, Hannah, Max, and Jacob.
He was the brother of the late Margery Murray.

As of Jack's wishes, services are private. Funeral arrangements are in in the care of the Waring -Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn. Memorial contributions in John's honor may be made to the Fairhaven Animal Shelter, 200 Bridge Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For tributes: