Joseph B.  Nelson III
WORCESTER - Joseph B. Nelson III, died of a heart attack on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, while with his hunting companions; son, Joey and cousin, John Hren.
He was born on Sept. 4, 1953, in Oneonta, to Joseph B. Nelson Jr. and Angelina (Hren) Nelson.
Joe graduated in 1972 from Worcester Central School.
He married Peggy Coombs on Sept. 18, 1976.
He worked in Oneonta for a short time before joining Nelson's Garage, the family business. He had been there ever since. He was so proud of the fact that coming up in 2020, Nelson's Garage has been in business for 100 years with a Nelson always owning and operating the business.
Joe joined the Worcester Hose Company out of high school and was a 47-year member. The fire department was always an important part of his life. Between the associations with the fire department and living and working in the town his entire life he had many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Peggy; their children, Kimberly Tremblay, Shannon (Joe) Hunt, Amanda (Kurt) Owen and Joseph B. Nelson IV and wife, Katie; seven grandchildren, Addyson and Avery Tremblay, Carter and Benjamin Hunt, Olivia, Jacob and Claire Owen. He is also survived by sisters, Geraldine (Wayne) French and Jo-Ann (Rick) Scheiner; brothers-in-law, Jerry Coombs and Bill (Melissa) Coombs; sister-in-law, Kathy McTaggart; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Danny Nelson; in-laws, Jerry and Peggy Coombs; and brother-in-law, J. Alton Ellis.
Family was the most important thing in Joe's life, with his many friends being a close second. He loved hunting, camping, snowmobiling, most outdoor activities, but especially barbecuing with family and friends.
Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Nov. 30,at the United Methodist Church, Main St., Worcester, The funeral will start at noon. The Rev. Daniel Martin will officiate.
Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Worcester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Worcester Hose Company, P.O. Box 430, or Worcester Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 191, Worcester, NY 12197.
Expressions of sympathy may be made online at
Arrangements are by the Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, 155 Main St., Worcester.
Published on November 26, 2019


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James and Caroly Sweeney
Dec 07, 2019
Jim and I are long time customers of the garage and it was always pleasant to stop by and Joe was always talkative about his family and camping trips. Jim and Joe would always compare trips to our daughter's homes for fixer-up jobs, and of summer camping trips. We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Joe, as he was always friendly and always a big smile to make your day a pleasant one.
We miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family.
James and Carolyn Sweeney
Dec 07, 2019
So very sorry to hear about Joe's passing. We were customers' of the garage and it was always so nice to visit with him as he and my husband compared stories of helping our daughter's with home repairs and such, plus updates of camping trips. He was always so pleasant and always had a smile for you. We will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family.
Christine Gartung
Dec 02, 2019
Peggy and family: So very sorry that I couldn't make it on Saturday to the funeral. I cannot imagine how difficult Joe's sudden death is for you and your family. Offering condolences doesn't seem like half enough but I truly am so sorry for your loss. God bless you and family. Even after such as this, we need to know that God holds us in the palm of His hand. Chris Gartung
The Hulls
Nov 30, 2019
So sorry for for your loss.
Carol Effner
Nov 29, 2019
Joe was such a gentle, kind soul. Always pleasant and willing to help anyone anyway he could. He will be missed. May God grant you all comfort and strength today and for the days ahead.
Connie Rockafellow Hornstra
Nov 27, 2019
Joe was 3 years ahead of me at Worcester Central. Mike Nelson was in my graduating class of '75. So very sorry to hear of this....The Nelson family were always good to everyone and Joe will be missed.
Sue Grover
Nov 27, 2019
I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. Hugs and prayers to all of you.
Lori and Steve Fyfe
Nov 27, 2019
Words can't describe how badly we feel about Joe's passing. What a wonderful man who will never be forgotten . It was an honor and blessing to have known him.
Our thoughts are with all of you,
Sincerely, Lori and Steve Fyfe
Steve Irvin
Nov 26, 2019
Deepest condolences to all Joe's family. So sorry for your loss.
Barbara Dolan
Nov 26, 2019
So sorry to hear about Joeys passing. My heart is heavy for his family and friends. Condolences to you all.