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Joe Nelson

Joe S. Nelson

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
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With deepest sorrow, we announce that our most beloved son, brother, and husband, Joe S. Nelson, 26, has passed. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, he was called home the morning of December 8, 2020. Joe was blessed to have had his last wish fulfilled as he passed on from the comfort of his Gloucester home, with his loving family at his side.

Joe was a graduate of Middlesex High School, Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, and Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. At an early age, he developed his love of mechanics and working with his hands, while working alongside his dad, brother, and uncle, for William Wright. His professional education and career began at Newport News Shipbuilding, where he would later meet his wife Heather. Most recently, he worked for Canon Virginia in Gloucester.

He loved being on the water, working on his home and vehicles, and rarely passed up an opportunity to go shooting with his friends and brother Hughes. A patriot at heart, Joe was a hardworking man of principle and honor. He had a generous, forgiving heart and is loved by many. He was an excellent and patient teacher who was quick to share his knowledge and experience with others. He was truly selfless to his friends – ready and willing to help at a moment’s notice and to lend an ear. It will be impossible to replace his quick wit, sense of humor, and loving manner.

His loving and devoted wife Heather, his parents Alice and Todd, his brother Hughes, his best and long-time friend Alex Grulke, and countless other family members and friends, will forever grieve the loss of the beautiful soul that was Joe Nelson. Although his time on Earth has come to an end, Joe’s light still shines bright as ever; in sunrises and sunsets, in the stars and the moon on a clear night, and in the hearts of all who knew him.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10am to 12pm at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel in Saluda. Friends and family are encouraged to write letters or notes to Joe and place them in a sealed envelope. The letters are never to be opened, their contents kept solely between Joe and the writer. Letters to Joe can be placed personally with him during the visitation, and with him they will stay forever. Please be advised that current state-mandated guidelines will apply to all in attendance, including social distancing and appropriate face coverings.

Those who choose to give a gift to honor Joe are asked to make a donation in his name to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, 7348 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061.
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Quinlan Moore

Posted at 08:47pm
My absolute thoughts and prayers are with the Nelson family. I have nothing but the fondest memories of Joe. He was the most selfless human, intelligent beyond belief, and a positive resource during my time in high school. I thank him for the many rides to Governor’s School and all the laughs that I will always cherish. It is such a rarity to know someone so resilient, so positive during even the toughest of times. I am honored to have even known someone as strong as him.

Carol Keenan

Posted at 05:33pm
May all of your happy memories of Joe give you peace and comfort during this challenging time. You are all In our thoughts and prayers.

Marc & Carol Keenan

Cheryl Haynes

Posted at 07:52pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve the loss of this fine young man. Our prayers and love will continue in the days ahead as you adjust to life without Joe. He is surely in a better place, in a brand new body, without any sickness and you will see him again in Heaven. Much love, John and Cheryl Haynes

Paul Andersen

Posted at 05:10pm
My fondest memories of Joe are him in his baseball cap, jeans, and boots -- all dirty. I remember him working to dig trenches in front of the Christ Church Parish Hall and smiling all the time. Memories of his kindness, caring and smile warm my heart. I am indeed blessed to have known him. He enriched my life. Be happy, Joe! Be happy! You touched the lives of many and made their lives better. Fr. Paul Andersen+

Scott and Karen Gagnon

Posted at 01:07pm
Alice, Todd and family I am so sorry for your loss. I know that there is nothing I can say or do to help and only time and faith can heal.
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