Nelson Kessler

Nelson Kessler

SWAMPSCOTT — Kessler, Nelson, of Swampscott, entered into rest on Jan. 12, 2018 after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Libby (Doliner) Kessler.

Born in Chelsea, he was a son of the late David and Fay (Abramowitz) Kessler.

In addition to his dear wife Libby, Nelson leaves his devoted children, Stephen Kessler and his wife Barbara of Dennis, Cynthia Picariello and her husband John, Lesley Dexter and her husband Ric and Beth Hoffman and her husband Robert, all of Swampscott; his loving brother, Bob Kessler and his wife Madeleine of Tucson, Ariz.; his cherished grandchildren, Jennifer Picariello and husband Andrew Dixon, Heather Flatto and her husband Scott, David Hoffman and his fiancée Ashley Pivnick, Adam Dexter and Ethan Dexter. He also leaves behind three great-grandchildren, Noah Hoffman, A.J., and Emily Dixon.

Nelson was an active member of Temple Israel/Shirat Hyam of Swampscott for more than 53 years serving on the Board of Directors and the Brotherhood Committee. He worked as a sheet metal worker for 30 years for Local Union #17. After retiring in 1988, he dedicated his time and passion to the town of Swampscott. He volunteered countless hours for decades on numerous committees and commissions. He served as the co-chair of both the Board of Health and Conservation Committee for a number of years. He initiated and instituted curbside recycling in town and was recognized in 1998 with a Distinguished Citizen Award and again last year with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Board of Selectmen for his decades of service. In addition to town volunteering and reporting every morning to his Health Department office, Nelson was elected president of his condo association, the Summit Estates, for several years. Although he sometimes rattled some cages, he will be sorely missed. He felt he represented and fought for the regular citizen.

Service information: A funeral service for Nelson will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. at STANETSKY-HYMANSON Memorial Chapel in Salem, with interment at New Tifereth Israel of Everett Memorial Park, Everett. Shiva will be observed at his daughter’s home from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, and 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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