Wilbur N. Nelson Retired Summit school principal, WWII Navy veteran Wilbur N. Nelson, 91, of Summit, N.J., passed away in his sleep at home on Oct. 14, 2016. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Christ Church, 561 Springfield Ave. in Summit on Friday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. Friends are invited to visit at Bradley, Brough & Dangler, 299 Morris Ave. in Summit on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. For further information or to send a condolence, please visit bradleyfuneralhomes.com . Born in Perth Amboy, N.J., the son of Andrew and Ingeborg Nelson, Wilbur had also lived in the Fords section of Woodbridge, N.J., and Edison, N.J., before moving to Summit in the early 1950s. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II as a Navy corpsman (medic). Wilbur survived a German U boat attack at Slapton Sands off the coast of England, and was in the initial landings on June 6, 1944, in the Normandy Invasion at Omaha Beach. He was later assigned to the Philippines during the liberation of those islands. A graduate of New Jersey State Teachers College, Wilbur was the principal of the Brayton School in Summit for 30 years until his retirement in 1986. He spent summers on Echo Lake in Maine since the 1930s, it was during his time at Brayton that he purchased property on the lake and opened, built and directed Camp Skoglund for Boys, which is now operated as Camp Skoglund Family Cottages. It was his greatest joy in life. Wilbur was a past member of the Summit Board of Education, past president of the Juvenile Conference Committee of Union County, past president of the Rotary Club of Summit, as well as a recipient of the Shuart Reed Award for Distinguished Community Service from the Summit Area YMCA. Wilbur was also active for many years at Christ Church in Summit, teaching Sunday school and serving on many committees. He was the beloved and devoted father to Rondi Nelson. Wilbur was the cherished uncle of Janet Nelson, Carol Sue Nelson and Douglas Nelson. He is also survived by many loving relatives and his faithful four-legged companion, Rufus. A special thanks to family friend, Karl Thomason. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wilbur's memory may be made to the Wilbur Nelson Educational Scholarship Fund, in care of the SAPF (Summit Area Public Foundation), P.O. Box 867, Summit, N.J. 07902, where his legacy will be lovingly carried forward.
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