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James R. “Jimma” Nelson

James R. “Jimma” Nelson, of Revere, formerly of Wolfeboro, NH, passed away unexpectedly on April 13th, at 68 years.  He is the devoted son of the late Edward C. Nelson, Jr. & Kathryn M. (Barry) Nelson. Beloved brother of Kathryn M. Salt & her husband Pat of Colorado Springs, CO & the late Edward C. “Buddy” Nelson, III. Dear brother-in-law of Janice R. (McDonough) Nelson of Revere. Cherished uncle of Jeff E. Nelson & his wife Eliza of Lynnfield, Jamie K. Nelson & his wife Lauren of Revere, Jennifer L. (Nelson) Ivester & her husband Jake of Wolfeboro, NH, Jonathan J. Nelson & his partner Dr. DaMarcus Bayman of Revere, Ryan Salt & his wife Brittany of Ft. Worth. TX and Brent Salt & his fiancé Stacey Medley of Colorado Springs, CO. He is also lovingly survived by 11 grandnieces, grandnephews, and extended family.    

Jimma was genuine in every intention, and epitomized what it meant to be familial, selfless, caring, and thoughtful.  Rarely was there an instance where someone who met Jimma left without a lifelong friend. He was a permanent and irreplaceable fixture to so many of his close friend’s families through the best and worst of times.  His love of storytelling ranged from youthful adventures with his brother, sister, cousins and friends, to his weekends at the Kennedy Compound, to celebrity getaways in Vegas. To his family, friends, and any person he struck up conversation with – Jimma truly was and always will be an icon and legend of his time.  

Celebrations of Life will be hosted in Revere, MA at Casa Lucia, 61 Lucia Ave., on June 10th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and in Wolfeboro, NH at Marker 21, 33 Dockside St., on June 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.


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  1. Anne and Jeff Medford MA & Wolfie
    May 1 2022

    To the Nelson family – We are so sad Jimma has left us – he is a legend here in Wolfeboro and will be missed by MANY. We are so happy we knew him – he was such a great down to earth person. Whenever we have a Coors Light beer we will toast him!

  2. Donna & Michael Russo
    Apr 27 2022

    Our condolences and sympathy. We were saddened to hear of Jimma’s passing. Jimma was always ready with a smile and a wave, and friendly conversation, and we will miss seeing him at Crescent Lake.

    Michael & Donna Russo
    Silver St., Wolfeboro

  3. Diane
    Apr 27 2022

    Jimma,
    You will be missed forever. So many fun memories,such a wonderful friend❤️

    Love,
    Diane

  4. Sheila Crossman Toomey
    Apr 26 2022

    My heart is broken. Jimma was such a dear friend. We shared more laughs together. I don’t think he had a mean bone in his body. He was a friend to everybody. We will all miss you. Love Sheila & Bill Toomey

  5. Victor Dinarello
    Apr 26 2022

    Myself and many, many people were extremely saddened to hear of the recent loss of Jimma. I was lucky enough to have meant him at a young age and enjoyed many years of friendship with him. He was kind, generous, compassionate, sincere and all of those great qualities with a great sense of humor. He befriended so many people and when he was around everyone was better off. Just so special!!! RIP Jimma and thank you for enriching my life and leaving me with beautiful memories of a great person always.

  6. David Hahesy
    Apr 26 2022

    I was a classmate of Jimma’s from the first grade at IC in Revere. His kind and generous spirit were remarkable and unforgettable. My heart goes out to everyone who loved him. What a great loss to the world. He will be missed by so many.

  7. Carol Light
    Apr 25 2022

    I will miss our sometimes raucous and always hilarious gab and gossip sessions at the Wolfeboro Inn. Jimma was always kind, always interested, and once you met him, you felt you had a friend immediately. A lovely man whose absence will be felt keenly in Wolfeboro and everywhere. RIP Jimma.

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