View Original NoticeRobert "Bob" Thomas Nelson

BANGOR – Robert “Bob” Thomas Nelson, 71, of Bangor, died at home unexpectedly on October 25, 2022. He was born in Patterson, New Jersey, to Joseph Robert Nelson and Genevieve Agnes (Reilly) Nelson. Over the years the family lived in different locations around the country, including Fort Worth, Texas and Plattsburg, New York, before settling in Bangor in the 1960s.
Bob was a man of many interests and always took on new hobbies with great enthusiasm. Over the years he became a pilot, a scuba diver, and a beekeeper. Bob built RC boats, played guitar, enjoyed photography, collected firearms, and loved gazing at the moon and planets through his telescope. He was a lover of music ranging from The Beatles to Yanni, and some of his favorite movies included Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Top Gun. He was always up for anything and earned the loving nickname of “Crazy” Uncle Bob. Neighbors may remember him “experimenting” with black powder, fireworks, or potato guns. In his later years Bob became a traveler, exploring the American Midwest, as well as Greece, and he took several trips to see family in Africa.
Bob turned his love of all things computers into his profession, and spent many years at Maine Savings Federal Credit Union as an IT Specialist. He was lucky to love not only his profession, but also the people he worked with. Bob’s family has been told that he never had a bad day at work. His presence will be deeply missed at Maine Savings.
Perhaps Bob’s favorite place to spend time was at the Hampden Rifle and Pistol Club, where he was loved by all. As the Club Secretary he was instrumental in helping the membership, particularly the new members. Many at the club describe Bob as “one of the good guys.” His hunting buddy and best friend, Daren, will miss him dearly.
Bob was predeceased by his parents; his brother-in-law, Richard Herron; and his nephew, Richard Herron II. He is survived by his sister, Joann Herron of Kentucky; his brother, John “Jack” Nelson and his wife, Valerie, of Bangor; his brother, Patrick Nelson of Texas; his sister, Mary Smith and her husband, Vernon, of Tanzania, Africa; his nephews, John and Jesse Nelson, Nathan Smith, Patrick Nelson II, and Paul Herron; and his nieces, Suzie Herron-Lambrich, and Bonnie Gould.
A memorial service will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on November, 29, at Hampden Rifle and Pistol Club, 286 Meadow Road.