Nelson Thomas Redfern 91 passed away Saturday, July 15, 2023 in Vero Beach, Florida.
Nelson was born November 3, 1931 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Nelson Redfern and Rose Martin-Redfern. He graduated from Putnam High School in Putnam, Connecticut. After graduation he served 3 years in the United States Coast Guard. Upon being discharged from the Coast Guard, Nelson began an over 30 year career with the Package Machine Co. in Massachusetts. He retired as Vice President of Human Services in 1994.
It was in 1994 that he traded in the cold winters of Massachusetts for the year-long summer of North Hutchinson Island in Ft. Pierce, Florida. He lived on the island until 2015 when he relocated to Vero Beach.
Those that knew and loved Nelson most describe him as highly intelligent, humorous and regarded him as a kindhearted man. He loved gardening and planting and tending to an acre of fruit trees and vegetable patches. Nelson was an incredible chef, talented tennis player and downright unbeatable in the game of cribbage.
A student of computers, Nelson spent many hours of his retirement creating humorous greeting cards and cups to commemorate special occasions with family and friends.
Nelson was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Sandecki; his parents and daughter-in-law, JiWan. He was also preceded in death by his beloved dog, Bailey (see photo), who died just 16 days before Nelson.
He is survived by his wife of 4.5 years, Janice Mooney Redfern; sons, Dean (Rosann) Redfern of Greenville, South Carolina and Scott Redfern of Daejeon, South Korea; grandsons, James Redfern of South Korea and Richard Redfern of Vero Beach, Florida; and sister, Linda Boucher of Connecticut.
Nelson will be remembered for his quick wit, the love he showed his grandsons and the joy he brought to the lives of others.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Millennium Cremation Service of Vero Beach, Florida. Those that would like to share a fond memory of Nelson or leave condolences for his family may sign an online guestbook at www.millenniumcremationservice.com.
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