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Harold L. Nelson

HAVERHILL: Harold L. Nelson, 86, passed away peacefully on September 13,  2013 at Merrimack Valley Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Harold was the husband of Georgianna M. (Hurd) Nelson and the late Elizabeth (Bateman) Nelson.

Born in Haverhill on July 30, 1927, Harold was the son of the late Arthur W. and Ethel (Lombard) Nelson.        Educated in Haverhill, he graduated from Haverhill High  School, Class of 1945, and continued his studies enrolling in the Adult Education Program at Northern Essex Community  College. He worked many years at the former Borden Chemical Co. in North Andover where he progressed to Quality Control Inspector before retiring in 1988.

As a young man Harold attended First Baptist Church, and later joined Riverside Memorial Church where he sang in the choir. He earned his Eagle Scout as a member of Troop #12. As a young adult, Harold was active in youth ministry and later contributed to interfaith programs developed by local Haverhill churches. He was cofounder and member of the Georgetown Theater Workshop for over thirty years and was a volunteer and served on the Board of Director of Haverhill Community TV. Harold was an accomplished actor and for many years traveled extensively as a one man show portraying Mark Twain.

Beside his wife of fifty-seven years, Harold is survived by his children, Linda White of Rush Springs, OK, Patricia Langlois and husband John of Kingston, NH, Kim Eubanks and husband Richard of Melbourne Beach, FL, Laurie Salvi and husband Jeffery of Haverhill, nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. One of eight children he leaves his brother Gordon Nelson and wife Adeline of Lenoir, TN.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Riverside Memorial Church. Calling hours at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main  Street, Haverhill on Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00  - 8:00 p.m. Interment at Hillside Cemetery. Donations in Harold’s name may be made to Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland Street, Haverhill, MA 01830, or Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.

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