Bernard G. Nelson, 95, a resident of Nelson Lane, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland after a period of failing health.

Bernard was born Oct. 27, 1914 in Presque Isle, the son of Harvey L. and Margaret Giggey Nelson, and attended Presque Isle schools before leaving early to work in the potato fields for his family.

He joined the US Army, serving in the Quartermaster Corps as a mechanic. Upon his discharge, he returned briefly to Presque Isle, then followed his brother to Rockland, where he worked in his brother’s garage, then at George C. Hall as a mechanic for many years. He went on in 1955 to open his own garage, and operated it in several locations until the early 1980’s. Most recently, he tinkered at his home for friends and family.

He designed and built one of the first passive solar homes in the area.

Bernard is a lifetime member of the Owls Head Transportation Museum, where he enjoyed taking care of their vehicles.

He is predeceased by his wife, Ingrid Gath Nelson.

Survivors include his companion of 40 years, Geneva Pierce, of Rockport; a daughter Sherry Emery and her husband Colin, of Rockland; two granddaughters, Michelle Ford and her husband Travis, of Appleton, Raydene Emery and her companion Jamie Allen, of Rockland; Geneva’a son Donald “Biff” Pierce, of Owls Head; four great grandchildren; a brother Merle Nelson and his wife Virginia, of East Millinocket; a sister Thelma Poplawski and her husband Edward, of Syracuse, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

At Bernard’s request, there will be no services at this time.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Knox Center for Long Term Care, Alzheimer’s Unit, Six White Street, Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Hall & Bibber Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 78 Main St., PO Box 184, Thomaston, ME 04861. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the through hallbibber@myfairpoint.net.