Obituary: Albert E. Nelson Jr.
STONEHAM — Albert E. Nelson Jr., 68, a lifelong resident of Stoneham, died in the early hours of January 2, 2023 at his Stoneham home.
“Genius,” as he was known to his close family and friends, was born in Bridgton on April 28, 1954, and was the third of four children of Albert E. and Eleanor E. (Files) Nelson Sr.
He attended Stoneham School and Fryeburg Academy, graduating in 1972. After high school he went to SMVTI and majored in Small Engine Repair.
He started as a young man in the early 1970’s in the ‘Tannery’ (AC Lawrence Leather Company) south of Paris, working side by side with his father and many others who became lifelong friends.
Regardless of his “normal job,” Genie was always working in cemeteries, digging graves, mowing and trimming with his family after hours and on weekends. He formally made that work his “life’s work” by forming AE Nelson, Jr. & Sons in the mid to late 1980s.
Genie has ministered to thousands of families through countless funeral homes and individuals over the years and has always taken great pride in doing so. He often said that it didn’t matter if it was a prince or a beggar, he treated everyone the same. There were over 100 cemeteries who entrusted him and his boys with grave openings and closings, and he was fortunate to be a full-time steward of Pine Grove Cemetery in Fryeburg for 30 years as well as Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanic Falls and Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston for several years.
When he wasn’t working and home, you knew where to find him… WAREHOUSE. He took over the care and responsibility of Nelson’s Big Brook Camp on the west side of Aziscohos Lake off Parmachene Road from Albert and Eleanor and has made countless “upgrades” over the years (some might disagree). However, all these changes should extend his stays. Hundreds of people have enjoyed the camp over the years and he was happy to share it. If he couldn’t enjoy it, someone should.
He loved the stint track in the spring, summer nights in the “cabin” by his house, bird hunting in the fall, snowmobiling in the winter, and the company of his dog. Regular family visits/events were always something to look forward to and recently enjoyed the grandchildren’s activities. He loved a cigarette with his cup of coffee in the morning and a cigarette with his drink at 5 p.m. He was trustworthy, honest, hardworking and we will surely miss him.
Genie is loved by his sons Eric Nelson and his wife, Erin and their children Sawyer and Cooper and Troy Nelson and his wife Megan and their children Ben and Annabelle; a sister, Sharon Berman and her husband, Howard, of Belmont, Mass., a sister, Cheryl Barnard and her husband, Paul, of Seaford, Virginia, and a brother, Dale Nelson and his wife, Kitty, of North Lovell; eight nieces and nephews and seven grandnieces and nephews. He was passed away by his parents in 2006.
A visit and reminder date is being worked on and will be announced shortly. His cremated remains are buried in the family plot at Hillside Cemetery at his beloved Stoneham, as well as some of his other favorite places where we will always remember him.
Genie stories can be shared at http://www.hallfuneralhome.net.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Stoneham Fire Service, 47 Butters Hill Road
Stoneham, ME 04231
Or just go to camp
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