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Keith Nelson

Keith Nelson

Sunday, May 22nd, 1932 - Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
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Obituary

Keith Nelson ~ At the age of 87, Allan Keith Nelson of Listowel and formerly of Palmerston, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton, surrounded by the love of his family.

Beloved husband and best friend of Nancy (Francis) Nelson for 61 years.

Cherished father of Lori & Kevin Konings, and Sue & Bill Fraser.

Proud Papa of Reed Konings, Kelly Fraser, Leigh Fraser, Lindsay & Justin Carroll, and Shane Konings & Lauren Wasylkiw.

Survived by his brother Don Nelson of Mississauga, sister-in-law Eleanor Nelson of Hamilton, and several very special nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his daughter Diane, brother Howard, sister-in-law Vera Nelson, and his parents Gordon & Beatrice (Haddock) Nelson.

Keith lived on the Nelson family farm in Wallace Township for nearly seventy years. A few years before selling the farms, Keith and his son-in-law, Kevin bought a tractor trailer and took turns long-haul trucking across Canada and most of the U.S.A. For eleven years, Keith never travelled without his trusty navigator, Nancy, who kept him on the proper roads and had his paperwork ready at the border crossings. He retired from trucking at the age of 75.

Keith’s pride and joy were his family. He spent countless hours watching his grandchildren’s various sports and activities and was always so proud of their accomplishments. A quiet and humble man, Keith enjoyed volunteering with Palmerston Lion’s Club for over fifty years and was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Award for his dedication to volunteerism. He took great pride and satisfaction in working with his fellow Lions transforming the Palmerston railway yards into the now beautiful Lions Heritage Park. In his spare time, Keith loved to garden (growing the best sweet corn, the biggest pumpkins, and the most beautiful flower boxes), curl, dance, play cards and games with his friends and family, travel, and cheer for his beloved Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. During his last five and a half years living with aphasia and vascular dementia after suffering a severe stroke, communication was extremely difficult for Keith, but listening to music and hymns played on the piano was a familiar comfort.

The Nelson family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Knollcrest Lodge in Milverton for their kind and compassionate care of Keith over the past several years. They were his second family.

A private family funeral service will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, on Friday, January 17th with Rev. Ralph Dwarika officiating.

Interment in Palmerston Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton, or Lion's Club Seeing Eye Dogs would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.

Online condolences may be left at www.eatonfuneralhome.ca
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 |
    When
    Friday, January 17th, 2020
    Location
    Eaton Funeral Home
    Address
    385 Main St. W.
    LISTOWEL, ON N4W1A4
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    A private family funeral service will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.
    Officiant
    Rev. Ralph Dwarika
  • Interment

    Location
    Palmerston Cemetery

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Brian Wretham

Posted at 03:08pm
Dear Mrs Nelson, Lori, Kevin, Sue, Bill and Family....I have just learned of the passing of your loved one, Keith. Please accept my deepest condolences. I did not your Dad Lori and Sue, but if he was half as nice as you girls, he must be the amazing man as described in his obituary. May God be with you all as you grieve your loss, cherish your memories.
MS

Muriel Steeb

Posted at 09:22pm
HI Nancy,
You won't remember me but I am Muriel Steeb, Bert Johnson's sister. I remember you well.
You were a year ahead of me at Norwell. I have been reading your husband's obituary and what a great guy he was.
It is a beautiful obituary and I want to extend my sincere sympathy to you and all your family.
I am sorry for your loss
Muriel Steeb

Shelley Blackmore

Posted at 08:18pm
Nancy, Lori, Sue and family, our deepest condolences in the loss of Keith. He was a kind, caring man who loved his family. Our thoughts are with you all.
S

sthompson4@wightman.ca

Posted at 10:30am
Sincere sympathies to the Nelson families! May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you shared together!
HB

Heather Louise Benner

Posted at 06:05pm
Dear Leigh...Your work family sends sincere sympathy on the passing of your beloved Grandpa...We know how much he meant to you ...Cherish the treasured memories and cling tightly to family as you navigate these challenging days...Keeping you in our thoughts....H2 Staff
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