Princeton – Gaynor Russell Nelson, 81, passed away on February 26, 2019 in Machias. Gaynor was born on March 20, 1937 to Clifford and Evelyn (Johnson) Nelson in New Sweden. He spent most of his life right in Princeton where he graduated from Princeton High School with the class of ’56. Just after high school he attended Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland where he earned a degree in automotive mechanics.
As a young man Gaynor took a position with Industrial Polymer’s in Massachusetts where he spent twelve years. He worked many jobs over the years, his first was delivering newspapers to all of Princeton with his brother, Duane. His least favorite of all was haying the fields, but he returned faithfully every July to help his dad. Gaynor eventually purchased the Exxon Station in Princeton, he ran that for many years until his health wouldn’t allow.
Gaynor was a huge fan of the Red Sox and Bruins, he loved fishing and was very social with a close-knit group of friends in Princeton. He loved meeting the guys every morning for coffee at the Irving Restaurant. His dry sense of humor, cheerful demeanor and overall positive attitude will be missed.
In addition to his parents, Gaynor was predeceased by many aunts and uncles. He will be remembered by his brother, Duane Nelson and his wife Jackie; a nephew, Erik Nelson and his wife Catherine and their two sons, Bryan and Scot; two nieces Darna Nelson and her children, Axel and Rayne Brown and Inga Nelson and her fiancé Erik Stromland, all of MA; numerous cousins and many special friends.
In keeping with Gaynor’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service. He will be buried with his parents at Princeton Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.