Nelson James Wright

Born: Fri., Feb. 11, 1944
Died: Wed., Jul. 3, 2019

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Nelson J. Wright, 75, of Punxsutawney died peacefully at home on July 3, 2019.  He was a kind, caring, and loving man.  He died of cancer.

Nelson married Shirley Baker, January 14, 2000 but they had been happy together for more than 30 years.

He lived in the Boston area and did many things in his life.  When he and Shirley moved to Punxy. in 2004, he loved being a school bus driver but he always said, “The best thing I ever did was when I met my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and became born again.”  Nelson knew when the time came, and he left the earth, his address would change and God would make a resting place in His Heavenly Kingdom.  Nelson’s family and friends now know where Nelson lives!

Nelson is survived by his wife Shirley, his daughter Melanie and her fiancé Devin from Pittsburgh, PA, his son Eric and wife Stacy and their children Rachel, Anthony, & Brandon; his daughter Michelle and husband Dorian, all from Massachusetts; as well as his son Nelson and wife Amy  and their daughters Tristan and Dylan from California.  Nelson is also survived by his father-in-law Herbert Baker of Florida.

He is preceded in death by his parents Nelson Sr. and Dorothea Wright, his three brothers William, Arthur, and Henry, and his mother-in-law Ann Baker.

Nelson’s final arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home of Punxsutawney..

At Nelson’s request, there will be no visitation nor a funeral but he would like to leave everyone with this scripture verse:

“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son ad believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”   John 6:40 (NIV)


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Cheri Barenchik
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
Shirley, I was saddened to hear of Nelson's passing but know he is in a much better place with our Heavenly Father. Your family is in my prayers. If you need anything, please let me know. I am always here to listen.

Cheri Barenchik and family

howard beezer
   Posted Sat July 06, 2019
nelson is in a better place now. I met him when he first moved here and anytime I passed his home he always waived or I pulled over and talked. He was a very nice man may God take his sole. My condolences go out to the family.

Marlene Vallies
   Posted Mon July 08, 2019
My deepest sympathy for the loss of Nelson He was one of nicest guys I have ever meant. He was always kind and always wanted to help in any way he couldI will always treasure my fond memories of him at the Pantell Hotel sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family in this time of passing

Brooke Shumaker
   Posted Mon July 08, 2019
Dear Shirley & family,

We were so sadden to see the passing of your wonderful husband, father & grandfather. Nelson was truly a gem of a guy and the best bus driver ever. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Brooke, Robb & Alex Shumaker

Julie cressley
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
Nelson was such a sweet man. My girls had him as a bus driver and was the absolute best!!! Rest In Peace buddy

Barbara J Mack
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
Shirley, Please accept our sympathy for the passing of a wonderful man! He was so helpful toward Joan Aul and me when she was ill. I will never forget him holding one hand and me holding the other when Joan passed away. God bless him and all his family at this difficult time. Barbara and John Mack

Deb Doverspike
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
Dearest Friend: Nelson will best be remembered in my heart for his love of His Lord and Savior. So many times he expressed his gratitude for the love and mercy God showed him. Many times he would testify how thankful he was to God for his salvation and his beautiful wife and always the gift of another day of life. Nelson exemplified his faith by his kind words, deeds and unending prayers. He will be fondly missed and remembered for a life well lived giving God all the glory!

Sandy and Dave Walko
   Posted Tue July 09, 2019
Shirley and Melanie,

We were saddened to hear of Nelson's passing. He was such a friendly and happy guy. Dave enjoyed visiting with him at Dunmire's garage. By reading his obituary one knows that he is with his Savior. May God bless you during this sad time and always.

You are in our thoughts and prayers,
Sandy & Dave

Oeter Vuono
   Posted Wed July 10, 2019
Dear Michelle and Eric,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved dad.
Although I never met him, I saw the result of his influence in the kindness, love and compassion I see in the two of you. May god rest and keep his soul

Peter Vuono

Karen Blough
   Posted Fri July 12, 2019
Dear Shirley,
I met Nelson through the Punxsy CMA Church. I work at the Rainbow Express Pre-School and he was always there in the mornings when I arrived. I have never met a kinder, harder worker and person so in love with Jesus. Through every action and word with my staff and the children attending the school he lived out his faith. Even during his last days of work when we all knew he wasn’t feeling well he remained joyful and hopeful, confident in the Lord’s will for his life. When school begins again his smiling face and kind gestures (he would bring us donuts) will be sorely missed. Please accept my sympathy and prayers for you and your family. We have never met but Nelson always spoke of you with love. Be at peace knowing he is with his Jesus!
Karen Blough

Jane Ann Spencer
   Posted Sat July 27, 2019
I didn't know any of Nelson's family but met him when he was working at the Pantall Hotel. I never knew a kinder, more gracious, friendlier person in my life. Interacting with him always lifted my spirit. I am so sorry for his loved ones who have lost what had to be the light of their lives. I know the Lord was waiting to wrap Nelson in His arms.

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