Eric David Nielsen, 82, patriarch who was always available for advice

Eric David Nielsen

ST. JAMES — Eric David Nielsen, 82, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Mr. Nielsen was born Oct. 15, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Herman Emil Nielsen and Evelyn Ottersen Nielsen, who both immigrated from Norway. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked for IBM for 34 years as an engineering manager in Poughkeepsie, New York.

For nearly 40 years, he had a vacation home in the Adirondack Mountains, where he had lifelong friends and enjoyed the ministries of Camp of the Woods. In 2004, he and his wife retired to Southport, where he was active in his church, attended multiple 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 a strong faith in God and was a true family man.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, 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; brother, Robert Nielsen, and his wife, Linda; sister, Carolyn Collins; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 19, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Southport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport, NC 28461; Southport-Oak Island Interchurch Food Pantry, 249 W. Boiling Spring Road, Southport, NC 28461; or Camp of the Woods.

Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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