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Verner Vern Nelson

September 16, 1931 - January 18, 2017


Victor Verner(Vern) Nelson of Nelson, BC passed away at his home on January 18, 2017 aged 85 years.

Born in Kelowna on September 16, 1931 to Vern and Olive Nelson, Vern (nicknamed Sonny in the family) was a lifelong resident of Nelson. Throughout his life he enjoyed outdoor activities in the surrounding area. An avid fisherman, hunter and pilot, he went where the fishing was good and the huckleberries ripe! As a young boy, he enjoyed  creating things out of whatever was available and, at age 16, he built a small, single passenger motorcar(“the Bug”) and had it licensed for the highway. 

His working life started in the late 1940's at Hesse's Machine Shop on Stanley street in Nelson and, throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's, he worked for Kootenay Forest Products ending with a long tenure as head of maintenance. Retiring at 50 years old, he spent his time enjoying life. His ability to fix just about anything was well known among his friends and family, and that, as well as his outdoor pursuits, took up his retirement years. Dogs were also a constant in his outdoor life and his later years would see him joining the other dog-walkers along the waterfront pathways of Nelson. 

Vern was predeceased by his parents, his brother Ron Nelson, sister Doreen Baxter and nephew Adrian Nelson. 

He will be greatly missed by friends and his family, sister-in-law, Georgina(Ron) Nelson, nephew Ross Nelson(Gail) and family(Erik, Louis and Anna), niece Janis(nee Nelson) Giroux and family(Chloe and Fiona), brother Jim Nelson and his extended family, Linda Stewart, Linda's sons, Chris Dawson-Murphy(Jennifer) and family(Ava and Wesley) and Ian Dawson-Murphy(Siri) and family(Eli and Emmett), niece-in-law Heidi(Adrian) Nelson and family(Jack), and the Terry, Gary and Ron Baxter families. 

Great memories! Much loved! See you on the other side of the mountain!

Thanks to all friends of Vern and of Vern's family for their concern and offers of help at this time. 

Thanks to the Thompson Funeral Service for all the help in arranging Vern's cremation.

A memorial to celebrate Vern's life's will be held in the summer months. 


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Jean Speirs
Relation: very close friend

Sorry to hear of Verns passing. Many memories but the one that remains when he took Gordon up on his 6 th birthday for a flight over Nelson Greg and Gordon join with me to remember Vern.

From: Lorraine (Kienholz) Leschied
Relation: Vern was a friend of our family for 60+ years.

Vern spent every Saturday morning with my mom (Malender) and Stan Williams, going to garage sales. They always marvelled at the ‘deals’ they would come home with. Later, when going to the sales was too much for them, Vern brought treats for coffee with Stan and they would reminisce about fishing, hunting and huckleberry picking in the good old days. Stan will miss him dearly.

From: Dewey Riesterer
Relation: Friend of his brother

Jim- my deepest and most sincere condolences on the passing of your brother. I remember living in “uphill” as a boy and seeing him driving that little “bug” around. Take care, old friend, Dewey

From: Jean SPEIRS
Relation: good friend

so sorry missed the celebration of life but didn’t know about it till it was all over

From: Kurt Wilson
Relation: Family Friend

I am Les Harts Grandson and I the honor of being in his float plane when we would fly into Evan’s lake and Beatrice. He was a hell of a guy and I know how much my Grandfather respected him . I’m sorry for the late condolences.

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