Friday, June 12, 2009

My Beloved Father Robert A. Neilson


March 25, 1937 – June 12, 2009

Robert A. Neilson of Norwich, Connecticut and Ocala, Florida was surrounded by his loving family the day he went to be with the Lord. He was born in New York, New York to Robert and Gloria Neilson on March 25, 1937. He was raised in Salt Point New York the oldest of three children. Always highly inquisitive his interests included all forms of mechanics, flying airplanes, scuba diving, and racing. He was adept at all intricacies of machinery and began at a young age when he drove farm tractors at age 5. At age 7 as he was attacked by a mountain lion. He beat it off with a rock to brag years later about the puncture wounds on his arm. Growing up on a 600 acre farm/and summer resort which his grandmother Clarise Neilson opened, he became very adept at raising all types of farm animals, and milk cattle. Known as “The Neilson Farm” in the Catskills, it was a working farm for rest and relaxation to New York City residents. After his education in Arlington New York, he became a Forest Ranger for the United States Forest Service. He joined the United States Navy under the John F. Kennedy administration serving on the destroyer escorts, the USS Rhodes and the USS Archernar while serving in the North Atlantic, and Guantánamo Bay. He was very proud of his military service for the United States Navy. His thirty three year career began as a Nuclear Inspector at General Dynamics in Groton Connecticut receiving awards and recognitions. As a Union Steward he championed for the rights of others, to insure for the safety of the crews. He served on the board of the IAM and was a representative at the National level. After he retired he became a lay minister helping those in need in the community. Although his many interests included technology, he most of all adored his grandchildren and was affectionately known as Pa, who saw him as invincible and totally available to them. He loved to travel with his family in the US and abroad. He had a great sense of humor, staying in contact with friends and relatives many of whom called him "Tex". He will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends, neighbors and former colleagues. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Norwich, CT June 19, 2009 at 10 AM.

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32 comments:

Angela said...

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He sounds like an amazing man and I know he will be missed. I am praying for you and your family.

Dirt. said...

oh robin, i'm so very sorry. hugs and warm thoughts for you and your family.

Arija said...

My sincere condolences my dear, losing ones beloved father is a deep blow to any girl of any age. You have written a lovely tribute to him here. A fine upstanding and loving man of many talents. I wish you and your family help from above to get you through this most difficult time.
Blessings and light, Arija.

Megan Wolfe said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss, Robin. It sounds like your father had an exceptionally adventurous life (perhaps, one of the few that has lived to the fullest). :( My heart sincerely goes out to you and your family, and you guys will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Best, Meg

Gwen Bell said...

Robin, I'm so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. He sounds like a great man and looks like he lived and loved life to the fullest. Thank you for sharing his story with us. (((Hugs)))

Manon Doyle said...

My heart goes out to you at this difficult time Robin.
Your father sounds like he was an amazing man. You and your family are in my prayers.

Pro Art Market Think Tank said...

My condolences Robin,
Today I sent a check to a friend who is in dire need, in honor of your Dad.
Love,
Linda

Joe said...

Robin, your father is a man I would have been proud to know. As it stands, I am glad that you had him to help shape you to be the person you have become. God blessed you, Robin... and your entire family. Amen.

Eroica said...

I'm so sorry. *Hugs you tightly*

~ellen~ said...

Oh no, I am so sorry. My condolences to you and your family.

Maria-Thérèse said...

I am very sorry for your loss.
He looks and sounds like such a nice person with an amazingly exciting life! Like someone you would really love to have coffee with and talk to, even as a stranger.

becky n said...

Dear Robin, Your tribute to him is wonderful and moving. How lucky you were to have such a father and am sure he felt extremely blessed to have a daughter like you. I'm glad you were able to be there with him to help him move forward on this journey.

I live near SaltPoint - and close enough to the Catskills. The little connections we have with each other really do give us a sense of the beloved community.

I send you hugs and keep you and your family in my prayers.

Bonnie Sprung said...

I am soooo sorry. Way tooo young. I feel your pain. Your Dad seemed to be very adventurous and energetic. I can see alot of him in you. Here is a BIG virtual HUG! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Unique Women In Business said...

Robin, I am so sorry for your loss. All of us in the group will be thinking about you. Sounds like he was just an amazing person! *HUGS FROM ALL OF US*
Erin Keys

Julie B said...

Robin, what a lovely and moving tribute to a very special man. In being with him in his final moments you both gave and received an amazing gift. My heartfelt blessings and prayers go out to you and your family.

Watercolorist said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. You father sounds like someone who will leave you with many fond and proud memories to cherish.
Jean

Karen Terry, Artist/Designer said...

Robin, May God and His Angels surround you and your family in your time of need. I loved reading about your Father "Pa". I felt like I knew him. What a lovely tribute to him. May it comfort you in knowing that a man of your father's character was certainly welcomed by his Maker and is enjoying Eternal Life in Heaven. God Bless, Karen Terry

Brenda said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will be prsying for your family and hoping that you find some comfort during this trying time.

Clear Lake Creations said...

I am so sorry to hear that your father passed away. I will be praying for you and your family.

Design Knit Fun said...

Robin, I am sorry for your loss and sending prayers for you and your family and thanks for sharing your tribute and more of who you are, and your father was, with us.

hugs

Gainor said...

I share in your loss, Robin as I lost my dear husband a few weeks ago. In time the pain lessens but I think the hole that is left never goes away. Your father sounds like an amazing man, and I am sure you will miss him every day.
Love and prayers to you,
Gainor

Julie (artistjulie) said...

Big hugs to you and your family, Robin. Sorry to hear of your Dad passing. Thank you for sharing the lovely tribute with us.

phyl said...

Robin, May you be surrounded by the comfort of the Holy Spirit. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your tribute was a beautiful memorial to your father. He was indeed a man of many gifts and he seems to have been faithful in all. I pray for endurance in the days ahead and sweet memories.

Sarah Kennedy Irwin said...

Robin, I'm so sorry. Thank you for sharing the story of your father's life — what a great tribute.

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald said...

Warm thoughts are with you and your family Robin. It sounds like your dad lived life to the fullest! May fond memories bring you and your family comfort during this sad time. Very sad for your loss. Big Hugs!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Robin, my prayers are with you and your family.

José said...

Hi,

The time that we spend here is short, although some people seem to forget it.
But memories last, especially good memories like those that your father left.

With my kindest thoughts,

José

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Robin, I am so sorry. My deepest sympathies and warmest thoughts for you and all your loved ones.

krystyna81 said...

I didn't know until just now...I am so sorry! I am glad you were with him. Sounds like you will have many, many stories to share with your family. HUGS.

derekcollins said...

I would also like to add my condolences.....
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Jo Reimer said...

Dear Robin,
I just read of your father's death and want to extend my condolences along with all your other online friends. I pray that God will continue to give you peace, strength, and courage as you continue to grieve for this lost connection with the father who gave you life. My own father died many years ago yet he's still alive in my heart and memories as I know yours will be. Take comfort in knowing that he did his best for you and that you were the best daughter you were able to be. Love never fails.

BrendaPinnick said...

Robin, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Dad sounds like an amazing man. My heart goes out to you and your family in this sad and difficult time.