William "Bill" Nilson

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William Nilson, 74
SOUTH PORTLAND - Mr. William "Bill" Nilson, of South Portland, passed away on Friday morning, April 6, 2018, at Maine Medical Center, after a long illness.
Mr. Nilson is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jayne Abrahamson; his two children: his daughter, Christine Nilson McCarthy and her husband, John, of Colchester, Conn.; and his son, Robin Nilson and his wife, Kitsie LaRock, of Guilford, Vt. He also leaves behind two granddaughters, Bay and Olive. He is survived by an older sister, Lois Nilson Howard, of Washington, D.C.
He was predeceased by his parents and his younger sister, Barbara Chamberlain.
Bill was born in Holden, Mass., on May 16, 1943, the son of Frank and Alice Alberta (Tessmer) Nilson. He graduated from North High School in Worcester and then earned an associate degree in engineering from Worcester Junior College. His favorite part-time job in high school was working for radio station WNEB, where he met the musicians Chubby Checker and Fats Domino, among others. He also joined the U.S. Naval Reserves and was on board one of the ships that confronted the Russian Navy during the Cuban missile crisis.
After college, he worked for the Granger Contracting Company in Worcester for many years as a field engineer, project manager, draftsman, and estimator. In 1978, Bill achieved one of his lifelong dreams and moved to the state of Maine. Settling first in Cape Elizabeth, he and Jayne later moved to South Portland where he'd resided for more than 30 years. He continued working in the construction and engineering field for companies such as Brown Construction, Allied Construction, and T.Y. Lin Consulting Engineers. He formally retired in 2007.
From the mid-1960s on, Bill also pursued another one of his dreams, designing and building small boats. His prototype Triggerfish sailboat was completed in 1983. His creative endeavors evolved into a part-time business he named Design Group Three, a drafting and design operation. He drew up house plans for private individuals and small building contractors. He also designed and created two original board games: Forward Advance and 5: The Accounting Game.
Family and friends will miss Bill's great sense of humor and his kindness to others. One can't conjure up a picture of him without a pipe in his mouth and smile on his face. He was famous for his funny stories and his love of the ocean. He especially enjoyed the time spent with his Maine friends, visiting with them on the islands, celebrating birthdays and holidays, and vacationing at the beach. He will be greatly missed by those in his life who knew him and loved him.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at
Hobbs Funeral Home,
230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 12, at Forest City Cemetery, Lincoln Street, South Portland. Condolences may be expressed online at: www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bill's name to:

85 Astor Avenue, Suite 2
Norwood, MA 02062-5040
Online at: www.kidneyhealth.org


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HOBBS FUNERAL HOME
230 COTTAGE RD
South Portland, ME 04106-3802
(207) 799-4472
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 8, 2018
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