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Martin “Bubba” Nilson

Martin “Bubba” Nilson, 83, of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

Marty was born April 18, 1930, in the Bronx to Joseph Martin and Anna Lofgren Nilsson. He married Patricia Ann Peters on November 18, 1951, at Chatham, on Cape Cod. They celebrated their 61st anniversary in 2012.

 Marty enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1948, and became a “TT” or telephone technician. He later attended officer candidate school, was commissioned, and retired in 1970 as a Lieutenant Commander. His last assignment was at the Coast Guard Radio Station on Telegraph Road in the Franconia area. He went to work for C & P Telephone the day after he retired, and over a second 20 year telecommunications career also worked for Bell Atlantic and AT&T.

 Marty is survived by his wife, Pat, son Joseph Nilson (Melanie); daughter Kristine Cox (Jim); brother Arnold Nilson (Signild), grandchildren, Michael Cox (Brigid), Amy Cox, Rebecca Cox, David Cox, Jeffrey Nilson and Kristin Nilson, great grandchildren Nate Cox, Jacob Cox and Lucas Cox. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and close friends. Marty was preceded in death by his sister Ann Larkin.

 Marty touched many lives through his volunteer work with the Special Olympics and started the skating program in Virginia. Over a thirteen year period he taught hundreds of exceptional children and teens to figure and speed skate. Many of his skaters participated in the Special Olympics version of the Winter Olympics in Vermont and Utah. His other favorite pastimes included attending Coast Guard reunions for “TTs” and woodworking. He had his own woodworking shop and was an expert picture framer. He also spent innumerable hours helping family and friends with household repairs and improvements, and was especially adept at helping grandchildren with last minute school projects. Marty was a lifetime hockey fan, playing roller hockey as a young man in the Bronx, and was an original Washington Capitals season ticket holder. He continued playing street hockey with his grand children and their friends well into his 60’s. He was called “Bubba” by all his grandchildren and their friends.

 Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, 131 Third Street, Colonial Beach.  

A service will be held following the viewing with Pastor William Heinzman officiating. Interment will be at Quantico National Cemetery on Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m.

Please sign the online guest book at www.nashandslawfh.com.

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