In memory of
Charles G. "Chuck" Nellist
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In memory of
Charles G. "Chuck" Nellist
CHARLES G. "CHUCK" NELLIST Chuck Nellist died at age 68 on October 7th in Arcata. Even though he chose the time and day of his death by taking his own life, he also lived more fully than most people and was proud of the long-lasting friendships he'd made from earliest childhood with the "Brett Street" kids. Chuck was a third generation Humboldt County native, born in Eureka to William "Bill" and Jane Nellist in 1948. He attended Eureka schools until high school graduation when he began a long series of travels that defined his life until injuries and illness found him settling into his place at Freshwater Lagoon for retirement. He lived in California, Alaska, Costa Rica, New Zealand and visited many places in between including Fiji Islands. Photos document his love of fishing, hunting in Alaska, making new friends in each place, work and leisure projects (usually involving a motor of some kind). He had a quirky, dry sense of humor. He patiently taught children of friends to fish or ride motorcycles as they grew up. He was a gifted mechanic with an instinct for fine tuning and repairing anything mechanical, from high end racing motors to a music box and had the ability to be very good at whatever he decided to do. Chuck loved the motor sports races at Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway or Samoa dragstrip. He appreciated the dedicated work of all participants from amateur class to racing pros. He often traveled to witness the races in person or, if his health did not permit, he would watch the televised ones. Those of us who knew him can imagine that a perfect day for Chuck would include making the rounds to see his friends: Bob Freemantle, Lewis Mayfield, Todd Ellingson, Jon Aronson, Sandy Aronson and Ron Wahlund, all of whom shared Chuck's enjoyment of a good story, target practice, motorcycle or car races, fishing tales, reminiscing about visiting the places in Humboldt County he loved such as Throssel's cabin on the Mattole, Honeydew, Iaqua Ranch, or Mad River; looking through a used bookstore for an intriguing book, dog-sitting for friends, battling the ivy at the fence line, putting out tasty morsels in the bird feeder, making hardboiled eggs for the egg-eating raven on his lawn or calling his daughter just to chat. He was a man who gave more than he got from life in many ways but was always available to anyone in need. His interests were widely varied with books on physics, birds, photography, travel, medical science, tools and astronomy next to his chair. Chuck was not without flaws but if he was cranky he was probably in pain. We can't know exactly what caused him to make the final choice that ended his life - he left no answers. All that we as survivors can do is share the love that we'd gladly have given him and offer that care to someone who is suffering now. He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Jane, grandparents Edgar and Fanny Nellist, Bill and Margaret Hockin, and brother Edward Nellist. He is survived by his daughter Paula Wolf (Darick) of Fremont; cousins Dayton Murray (Sue) Eureka; Mitzi Murray Goodrow (Jerry) Ferndale; Susan O'Connor (Don); Robin Nellist; John, Edith and Bill Wilson all of Washington, sister-in-law Linda Nellist, Cutten, and niece Melissa Glass, Oakland. His friends and the children he helped raise are too numerous to list but he treasured each one of you. We who survive him will miss him always - our time with him was much too brief. For anyone who knows of a person suffering from depression or severe pain issues, the many ways to help are available from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: www.afsp.org Donations in Chuck's name are welcomed at AFSP, 120 Wall Street, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10005; or participate locally in the next "Out of the Darkness" walk for prevention. The Nellist family also appreciates donations to Hospice of Humboldt, 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka CA 95503. Chuck's many friends will meet at the Lagoon to wish him peace in eternal rest at a celebration of his life at a later date. Private inurnment services for the family to follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
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