Phillip M. Nelson, known affectionately as Phil or Kuppa, died unexpectedly on January 3, 2022 at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.
He was born in Ipswich, MA on November 22, 1946, the son of Wealthea and Albert Nelson. He graduated from the Lenox School for Boys in 1964 and received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Maine Orono in 1968.
Phillip was a dedicated, well-liked and respected teacher and coach at Twinfield Union School in Marshfield, VT for thirty years. His love of teaching English and British Literature could be felt through his passionate use of the chalkboard and he could often be seen grading papers in the front window of his home in Plainfield, VT. Phillip also served for many years on the Plainfield volunteer fire department. He then taught another twelve years at Trinity High School in Manchester, NH after moving to Litchfield, NH to be closer to family.
Family was everything to Phillip and he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. His greatest joys were his children and granddaughters and he was an avid supporter of everything they did, attending every sporting event, recital, concert, or induction he could.
He was a die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fan, even when they tested his loyalty - which was often. He loved to putter in his garden and tend to his flowers, usually with a furry friend at his side. He was a master wordsmith and always had an eyeroll-inducing pun on the tip of his tongue.
A lifelong student of history, he visited numerous battlegrounds and historical sites. He and his wife, Barbara, loved to travel by train and by cruise ship, often doing so with family or dear friends. Summers were often spent with family and friends at Peacham Pond in VT. While there, he could be found playing cribbage with his brother-in-law, Ray Oro, while listening to the Red Sox TRY to win a game.
Phillip, and his big, booming laugh, will be greatly missed by many.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara (Russell) Nelson, of Litchfield, NH; his son, Kenneth and his wife, Michelle, of Hooksett, NH; his daughter, Katherine Nelson and her fiancé, Keith Robinson of Montpelier, VT; his granddaughters, Abigail Nelson and Isabelle Nelson; his sister-in-law, Dorothy MacVane of Scarborough, ME; his "Auntie", Lousie Dupee of Topsfield, MA and several other special relatives and close friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his loving sister, Judith Oro.
SERVICES: A walk-through visitation with masks, social distancing and limited interaction with the family is Saturday (1/8) from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester, NH.
Memorial donations may be made to www.alivingtribute.org which plants memorial trees, or to a charity of one's choice.