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Gale G. “Peter” Neilsen


Friday, February 22, 2019

OLD LYME, CT — Gale G. (“Peter”) Neilsen, born May 16, 1928, died peacefully at home in Old Lyme, CT surrounded by family on February 1, 2019.

Son of Charles Edward Neilsen and Mildred Burtis Neilsen of Westport, CT, he served proudly as a Medic in the US Navy in World War II having enlisted on his 17th birthday.

Mr. Neilsen, who lived most of his life in Connecticut, frequently visited his wife’s family home in Springfield, NH, which he purchased from the Davises and restored after retirement. Mr. Neilsen was a builder who built homes, condominiums and commercial buildings on the Connecticut shoreline. He established real estate, building and insurance businesses, and co-owned the historic Monroe Building in Madison. He was active in CT Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.

As trustee and director of the Essex [CT] Savings Bank, he helped to navigate the savings & loan crisis of the 1980’s and 1990’s. After he moved to Springfield in 1993, he became involved in community affairs and volunteered at the library. He also wrote articles on New England life for local NH magazines and an historical novel set in a New England mill town inspired by Manchester, NH.

Mr. Neilsen is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ann Davis Neilsen; married children Kimberly Neilsen Epstein (Jay); Stacy Neilsen Abbott (Don Feeley); Julia Neilsen Belliveau (Paul); Jane Neilsen Davidson (Gary); eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am, Saturday, February 23, at Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443. See www.swanfuneralhomemadison.com.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Old Lyme Fire Department, P.O. Box 102 Old Lyme, CT 06371 or to President, Old Lyme Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 911, Old Lyme, CT 06571.