ST. JAMES – Eric David Nielsen, 82, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Mr. Nielsen was born on October 15, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Herman Emil Nielsen and Evelyn Ottersen Nielsen, both of whom immigrated from Norway. He obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked for IBM for 34 years as CTO in Poughkeepsie, New York.
For nearly 40 years he had a vacation home in the Adirondack Mountains, where he had longtime friends and enjoyed the Camp of the Woods ministries. In 2004 he and his wife retired to Southport, where he was active in his church, attended several Bible studies and sang in the choir. He enjoyed boating, skiing and being a handyman around the house. He also loved to give advice! He had strong faith in God and was a true family man.
Survivors include his 53-year-old wife, Joyce Nielsen; three daughters, Julie Nielsen Lindsey, Emily Nielsen Jones and Audrey Nielsen; five grandchildren, Erik Jones, Luke Jones, Mia Lindsey, Lexi Jones and Garrett Lindsey; sons-in-law, Tony Lindsey and Ross Jones; his brother, Robert Nielsen, and his wife, Linda; sister, Carolyn Collins; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 19 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Southport.
In lieu of flowers, commemorative contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport, NC 28461; Southport-Oak Island Inter-Church Pantry, 249 W. Boiling Spring Road, Southport, NC 28461; Where Woodland camp.
Share your condolences online with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.