William Nelson

Obituary of William Irvin Nelson

William Irving Nelson Sr. was born August 20,1931, in Atlantic City, New Jersey to his parents, James A. Nelson Sr. and Nan Nelson. He was the youngest of five children. William, affectionately known by his middle name, Irvin, lived in Atlantic City most of his life. He was educated in the Atlantic City School system and attended VOTEC, now known as the Atlantic County Institute of Technology. Irvin met the love of his life, Kathleen, during their high school years and married on August 31st, 1952. From this union, they conceived six children. He began his career at Pacemaker's Boat Yard as a member of the framing production team. In the 1960's, he was hired as the second African American Central Office Toll Technician for New Jersey Bell/Bell Atlantic, currently known as Verizon. He retired from Verizon in 2000, after 31 years of service. While working full time, Irvin consecutively developed his keen sense of electronics and owned his own business repairing and installing televisions in the local area. As a result of his work ethics and skill set, he become known as "The TV Guy" by the local community. He was also a long-standing member of Asbury Methodist Church. Irvin loved people and wouldn't hesitate to help anyone who needed it. He had a great sense of humor and a love for laughter and was known as a jokester by many of his friends and family but most of all he was a family man. In his early years, he enjoyed taking his children to the beach (referred to by his friends as his "basketball team"); he was an avid boxing fan, enjoyed spending time at the casino and enjoyed dancing and music, especially jazz. His favorite pastime was spending quality time with his family during his favorite holiday, Christmas and his love of children encouraged his playful personality. He also enjoyed interacting with friends of his children in the Bungalow Park neighborhood, whom many affectionately looked up to him as a father figure. The Nelson home served as a gathering place for the youth of their Bungalow Park community where he greeted all whom entered with his jovial personality. In retirement, Irvin joined the Golden Circle social group, traveled to several destinations, had extended vacations on the West Coast visiting his children, attended aerobic classes, enjoyed riding his bicycle on the boardwalk in Atlantic City as well as on the beaches of Venice, California. He was known for his taste in stylish track suits and snazzy attire. Irvin was known by many names, Dad, Daddy-O, Pop-Pop, Uncle Irv, Mr. Irv, Bill and "Irv with a lot of Nerve" as he was affectionately called by his loved ones. During his final years, he resided in California with his children on the West Coast, a place where he always dreamed of living. Irvin's cool personality and sense of humor made an everlasting impression that will be cherished in our hearts forever. He was able to bask in the California sunrise in his later years and closed his eyes for the final time in the California sunset. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Kathleen A. Nelson; siblings, Roselyn Johnson, Jean Campbell and James Nelson Jr. and is survived by his eldest sister, Etta Francisco. He leaves to mourn his children; William "Buttons" (Donna), Sharon Arrington (Vernon), Gina, Barry, Guy and Kevin; his grandchildren Bryan (Natalee), Lindsey (Keats), Tayler, Jamal and Jeniece, great-grandchildren; Jordan, August, Corey, Shalyn, Bradley LaQueisha, Jahmal, Jameel, Janiyah; nieces, nephews, and a host of extended family and dear friends to treasure his memory. Funeral services will be 11AM, Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Asbury United Methodist Church, 1213 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment to follow in Atlantic City Cemetery, Pleasantville. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.
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Wednesday
29
January

Visitation at Main Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Asbury United Methodist Church
1215 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Wednesday
29
January

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Asbury United Methodist Church
1215 Pacific Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Atlantic City Cemetery
New Road & Washington Avenue
Pleasantville, New Jersey, United States
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