Nelson G. Sayward Sr., passed away unexpectedly at his home in Keeseville, N.Y. on April 26, 2017. He was born in Burlington, Vt., on Sept. 1, 1946. His parents were Richard K. and Ruth (Wade) Sayward, who both predeceased him.
He is survived by his children, Nelson G. Sayward Jr. and his wife, Robin; Brian and Sharmon (McGuinness) Sayward, and Vicky Sayward Frazier; several grandchildren, Cody and Tanner Ashline, Shane, Brianne, and Kristen and Jessica Sayward; and 15 great-grandchildren, all from the surrounding areas of New York and Vermont. He is also survived by his older brothers, Kenneth R. (Teresa) Sayward, and Irwin (Rose Ann) Sayward, as well as several nieces and nephews, all of Willsboro. In addition to his parents, Nelson was predeceased by his infant daughter, Nancy Jean; first wife, Jennifer (St. Andrews); and nephews, Kyle and Mark Allen Sayward.
Nelson grew up on the family farm known as "The Sheldon Homestead" in Willsboro, N.Y. He attended Willsboro Central School until he joined the U.S. Navy, serving his country in Vietnam. After his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1967, he began a career at Cabot Industries, later known as Interpace Corporation and now, NYCO Minerals, in his home town of Willsboro. He worked there until he retired in 2011.
Nelson was a quiet and reserved man who was happiest when he was out on the open roads riding his motorcycle. He was especially proud of his Harley Davidson Chopper from the 1970s. He was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge 2072 in Keeseville, N.Y., and also of the Veterans of Foreign War VFW Post 1505 in Keeseville, N.Y. He had many friends and acquaintances at both locations, and enjoyed spending time with everyone there.
There will be a Graveside Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, in Calvary Cemetery, Route 22, Willsboro, with the Rev. William G. Reamer, officiating. Military Honors, as well as an Elk's Service will follow.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 834-7667. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Nelson please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on May 9, 2017