Graham J. Nelson and Joan Nelson Leighton Memorial

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joanLEIGHTON, Joan E. (Nelson) Of Boxford, 84, wife of the late Henry Vye Leighton, passed away April 13, 2017 at Lawrence General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born in Beverly, she was the daughter of the late David and Frances B. (Baron) Nelson. Joan is survived by her five children, Nicholas H. Leighton and his wife Suzanne of Georgetown; Jeffrey D. Leighton and his wife Shaunna of Boxford; Julie E. Leighton and her husband Roger Griffiths of Woburn; Stacey J. Murphy and her husband Robert of Woburn; Matthew Leighton and his wife Nancyellen of North Reading; 13 grandchildren, Morgan Leighton, Paige Leighton, Scott Leighton, Ashley Leighton, Kathleen Leighton, Presley Griffiths-Leighton, Brittney Murphy, Callie Murphy, Andrew Murphy, Timothy Murphy, Matty Leighton, Christopher Leighton and Abby Leighton; sister-in-law Margaret Nelson of Danvers; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Graham J. Nelson and Wendell Weyland, her companion of twelve years. Visiting Hours: Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend funeral services on Tuesday, April 18 at 11:00AM at the Second Congregational Church, UCC, 173 Washington Street, Boxford. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Boxford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Community School, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030. Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook or

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dsc01636Mr. Graham J. Nelson, 87, of Brooksby Village, Peabody, Massachusetts, beloved husband of Margaret Webb, died, Monday, January 23, 2017, at his home.

Born in Salem in 1929, he was the son of the late David and Frances (Barron) Nelson. He was raised and educated in Beverly. He graduated from Beverly High School in 1947, Wilbraham Academy in 1948, and Harvard University in 1952 with a degree in Engineering Sciences and Physics.

An Honorably discharged veteran, Graham served his country as a member of the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

Graham worked for the family machine business in Beverly, General Electric, and Forte Engineering before spending over 45 years as a sales representative for Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co., earning the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter and Certified Financial Planner.

Graham lived and worked in Boxford and Topsfield for many years prior to moving to Brooksby Village in 2009. He was a Scoutmaster, chairman of the United Fund, president of the Rotary Club, and a Sunday School teacher, also serving on several town building committees. Graham and Margaret were active in square dancing and Scottish country dancing. He was an avid golfer, home renovator, and dog owner, winning numerous dog shows with his Saint Bernard, Kobi, as well as raising two rambunctious Jack Russell Terriers.

Graham is survived by his loving wife Margaret Webb Nelson of Peabody, his daughters Blair Nelson of Rye, NH, Bethany Nelson and her husband Hessel Flach of Topsfield, and Lesley Tolman and her husband Garth of Boxford; his sons, Michael Nelson and his wife Valerie of Vallejo, California, Steve Nelson and his wife Penny of Beverly, and David Nelson and his wife Beth Champ of Atlanta, Georgia; his 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and his sister Joan Nelson Leighton of Boxford.

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