Gordon Scott Nelson
Scott, as he was known to all, had a wicked sense of humor belied by his humble and self-effacing manner. Beloved and adored by his new wife, Laura Ann and her family, he died suddenly but peacefully in his sleep due to a heart attack on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. He had just turned 59. They would have celebrated their first year of marriage on the 29th of December (for tax reasons, of course...)
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Elizabeth and Gordon Nelson, he and his two younger siblings, Amy and Barry, moved with their parents to Buckhannon, West Virginia when he was twelve. His family adopted many animals that were abandoned near their somewhat remote home, engendering in Scott a lifelong love of cats and dogs.
He completed his accounting studies at WVU (Let’s GO, Mountaineers!!!) where he met his two best friends, John Shepley and Rich Sherrard. He then moved to San Diego and Oxnard, briefly, before settling in the DC area, where he began his twenty-year career at Lockheed Martin in their tax systems department while achieving his CPA.
When he met Laura Ann in 2012, he had no animals due to his rigorous work schedule, but she remedied that by gifting him with a long-haired feline beauty he named Olivia, after Miss De Havilland of Gone with the Wind fame. Olivia soon learned to leap down from his bed when she heard the kitchen door opening signifying that tuna was to be delivered soon. Or pizza. Or both...
He was enjoying his recent retirement from LMCO and looking forward to embarking on a new career in Data Analytics with help from his current feline work wife, Siobhan. He was encouraged to make frequent snack breaks by Shura, a fully-tailed Brittany Spaniel - his and Laura Ann's latest rescue. Hermit crabs Paolo, and then Marco and Vincenzo, (who are collectively known as Crabby McFancypants) and a Beta fish (Darcy) had also joined the Nelson household during the Covid lockdown.
Upon retirement, Scott also renewed his life-long passion for cycling. Many hours were spent cycling up the hills of France, Italy, and Spain (virtually, of course), as well as watching the various bicycle tour races on TV. He enjoyed the philosophical side too, discussing the best collective noun for bicycles. (A bankruptcy of bikes was the preferred reference.)
A lifelong lover of film and literature, Scott had an uncanny memory for details, which helped him as a master at crossword puzzles. He would never cheat and use the Google, but he would for everything else though...
A celebration of his life will be take place at a future date when it is safe to do so. If it is your wish to honor him by making a donation in his name, his wife thinks he would have most appreciated the money being sent to his alma mater, West Virginia University. She has picked the fund benefitting the Service Dog Training Facility Fund. The link is http://secure.give.wvu.edu/give?d=2W071&a= Then click in the Designation box to scroll down. Or if you prefer, Doctors without Borders.
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