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John Albert Nelson

November 9, 1961 - January 16, 2018

John Albert Nelson, age 56, of Clayton, New Jersey, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisana on November 9, 1961, he was a son of Elizabeth A. (Sibilla) and the late Kenneth W. Nelson, Sr.  John graduated from St. Elizabeth High School and made his career as a meat cutter at ShopRite in Bear.

An avid amateur bowler, belonging to several New Jersey leagues, John proudly rolled numerous 300 games.  He also enjoyed golfing and camping.

In addition to his father, John is preceded in death by his brother, the late James Nelson.  He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth A. (Sibilla) Nelson of Middletown; siblings, Kathleen Wilson, Susan Newell (Michael), Kenneth Nelson, Jr. (Kim), Michael Nelson (Debbie), Mary Santo, Joseph Nelson, Margaret Will (James); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:30 am until 11 am at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 North Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE, followed by a Memorial Mass at 11 am.  Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Minquadale Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, 129 East Hazeldell Ave., New Castle, DE 19720.

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  • John, Your larger than life presence will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. Rest In Peace.

  • A life gone too soon, but one lived with great energy and enthusiasm. I still don’t believe it, don’t want to accept it, but I can move forward knowing that having you as my friend made my life better!! I will miss you tremendously and never forget you! Thanks Nellie for being my friend!

  • John, Richard and I have lots of fun memories from Oceaview Campground. RIP Trish Coratolo

  • Nellie,
    You were larger than life, and I will always remember bowling against you.
    Crazier than most, but the biggest teddy bear, I have ever known.
    May God wrap HIS merciful arms around your family at this difficult time
    God Bless

  • I’ll miss you my friend. Enjoyed the moments we had at the bowling alley. RIP….our memories of you and the good times will live on!

  • John you were a great guy to work with and a good friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. God Bless

  • Thank you for being a great friend when I was in need of one! John life was not always great to you but you always made it through. Your laugh, your boyish personality and love of bowling will always be remembered. Lebanon will never be the same. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Nelly,

    You definitely made a impact on my life. This happen so suddenly. We had so many plans this year. Things won’t be the same without you! You were a loyal friend who was loved by everyone especially me!! I will never forget you and I’m going to miss you dearly! I love you Buddy!

  • John, Can’t believe your gone….I’m going to miss you so much. But I do have plenty of great memories of the time we spent together at Ocean View Campground. It hasn’t been the same since you stop being seasonal. But you did come back a couple times a year and brought life back into it!!!! Lol. Just so you know you will ALWAYS be the Mayor of Greenbrier!!!! I going to miss talking to you on the phone. Nobody could ask for a better friend then you. You will always be in my Heart. RIP my friend

  • Dear Mary and Family,

    John was truly a kind soul. We will surely miss his “big smile” that he shared with everyone!

    Our thoughts are with you and your family,

    Sincerley, Joe & Mary Ann Santo

  • Dear Aunt Betty & Family;

    We were shocked with the saddening and unexpected news of John’s passing, Please know we extend prayers and heartfelt sympathies during this time. God Bless and Comfort all of you. Love, Rick and Rose.

  • John was a good Man. I enjoyed the few times I got to enjoy his big than life presents! May god be with you Aunt Bette.

  • John was such a wonderful caring guy. We’re going to miss seeing the Mayor of Greenbriar at OVR. He would always lend a hand whenever you needed him wether it was shoveling stone or hanging lights he was there. He always made me laugh. Really going to miss you Mr. Nelson.
    Love Mike and Sandy Tash

  • The neighborhood (Penn Acres) will always remember Mooney and all the Nelson. God Bless.

    The Derby Boys

  • John, this is very difficult news to hear, and even harder to believe. Your time in this world was much too short even though you filled it with joy, craziness, and many great times. Sometimes we forget the fun times and memories until they are no more. You and all of our happy times together will never be forgotten my good friend. From your Best Man, Rest In Peace.

  • So difficult to hear of Mooney’s passing. The Nelson house in Penn Acres was the hub of activity during my childhood. Basketball games in the back, tag football on the side, street hockey out front, mini-bike rides around the house, Mr. Nelson getting tired of all of us being at the house all day and kicking us out at dusk! Thanks for the memories, rest in peace.

  • Two years have passed and I still don’t believe you’re gone. Still miss not having you here!