- Deane M. Nason, 74, of Winslow, passed away peacefully on August 30, 2017, at his home after a brief illness and with his family by his side. Deane was born on June 23, 1943, in Bangor, Maine, to Deane F. and Sarepta Nason. After graduating from Hampden Academy in 1961, he enlisted in the United States Navy, in which he proudly served on active duty for two years and in the reserves for twenty years.
In 1971, he began a more than 40-year career in the real estate business. In 1975, he founded Nason Realty, which is now known as Century 21 Nason Realty. He valued all the relationships he developed in the real estate business, and he particularly enjoyed helping first-time home buyers. During his career, he was actively involved in state and national realtor organizations, which included service as president of the Kennebec Valley Chapter of the Maine Realtors Association and recognition in 2011 by the National Association of Realtors as Realtor Emeritus.
Community service was also important to Deane. He generously contributed to many school and youth activities. He was also an active member of Jaycees, served as an officer of the Winslow youth football program, and served on the board of the Kennebec Sewerage District.
While his business and community were important to Deane, he cherished his family more than anything. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, and most recently, great-grandfather. He found his role as "Papa or Pup," as he was affectionately called by family members upon the birth of his first grandchild more than twenty-eight years ago, to be among the most rewarding aspects of his life.
Deane is survived by Cheryle (Rice), his wife of nearly 56 years; his daughter, Wendy Nivison, and her husband, John, of Winslow, and their children, Lauren and Jack; his son Deane, and his wife, Lisa, of Norwich, Connecticut, and their children, Jessica and Joel; his daughter, Margaret, of Newton, Massachusetts, and her children Griffin (and his wife, Joslyn, and their son, Whyatt) and Ben; his sister, Brenda Young; his brother, Brian Nason, and his wife Carol; his sisters-in-law, Pam Rogers and Genie Hammond; many special nieces and nephews; his business partner, Bart Stevens; and his Century 21 Nason Realty family.
Deane and the family would like to thank the many members of the health care community who cared for him during the latter years of his life. A celebration of Deane's life will be held on September 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Parker-Reed room of the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center on the campus of Colby College in Waterville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, 19 Colby Street, Waterville, Maine 04901.
Published on  September 5, 2017