Herman Christopher Nelson
Herman Christopher Nelson, age 63, of Winchester & Lynnfield, MA and Bangor, ME passed away on National Cancer Survivor Day, June 6, 2010, at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Herman is survived by his loving life mate, Theresa Soucy of Bangor; his daughter, Elizabeth Nelson of Lynnfield, MA and two brothers, Neil J. Nelson of Winchester and Robert J. Nelson and wife Susan of Hampton, NH. Spending his last days surrounded by his beloved 'T', family, friends, and the compassionate, caring staff at EMMC Palliative Care Unit, Herman’s humor and insight transcended the physical challenges his cancer journey presented. Finding a unique way of fitting an eternity into a second, he experienced life to its very fullest.
Educated in Winchester, MA, he graduated with the class of 1964. While rarely speaking about his military experiences, Herman was a proud Veteran, serving his country during the Vietnam War as a skilled mechanic in the US Army.
Not only was Herm one of the funniest expert finish-carpenters in these parts, taking great pride in his craft, he was the Cancer Support Center of Maine’s first volunteer; giving countless hours of blood, sweat and laughter, leading the construction team that created the Center’s office space in Bucksport, ME. Everything in life interested him and he tried his hand, and succeeded at a variety of pursuits. He will be remembered for his humor, his strength, and his tremendous generosity of self. Whatever asked of him, he'd "be right there" by living out and fulfilling the definition of the word friendship. Hermie's leisure time was spent sorting baseball cards, gardening, tinkering on old tractors, fishing and enjoying the Maine woods. Trout, bass, and pickerel swim more freely today after learning of the passing of this Ace Fisherman!
The staff at Mass General Hospital, and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor admired and enjoyed Herman, coming to know him well throughout his long journey. Friends and family of Hermie are indebted to the friendly and professional staff that treated him with humor and kindness. They looked past his cancer and saw the unique man that he was. No matter how ill he felt, when asked, “How are you doing, Herm?” he always replied, “Beauty!”
Herman was the greatest of friends to many, and those in Bangor were a close and loving second family to him. His loving Theresa by his side, he left us with this song lyric, "My only, one regret is leaving you all behind."
A service Celebrating Herman's Life is being planned. It will be held in Bangor, Maine. Donations in Herman's memory will be gratefully received by The Cancer Support Center of Maine by mailing a check to us at 147 Main Street, Bucksport, Maine 04416 or you may Donate Now.
John F. Daigle Jr.
My husband, John F. Daigle Jr. was diagnosed with advanced stage IV lung in Sept. 2006 he passed in July of 2007. He was an amazing husband, father, brother and friend. All that knew him had nothing but respect for who he was and what he stood for. Integrity! Through ten months of intensive treatment the "Cancer Support Center" played a very significant role in assisting me and my family through one of the most devastating times of our lives. Letting go and saying goodbye to someone we loved so dearly was not an easy thing to do, it leaves its mark forever. I can’t even imagine how much more difficult that time would have been if the Cancer Support Center had not been there for us.