ORONO - Nelson Newell Ranco II, 83, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at his home in Orono, Maine. He was born November 3, 1931, in New York City, the son of Germaine White (Robinson) of Orono and Nelson Newell Ranco of Indian Island.
In addition to his wife, May Ranco, Nelson is survived by his four children, Nelson "Cappy" Ranco and his wife, Ellen, of Collegeville, PA, James "Chip" Ranco and his wife, Pam, of East Hanover, NJ, Robert Ranco of Austin, TX, and Darren Ranco and his wife, Stephanie, of Hampden; and 11 grandchildren, Ezra Ranco, Rafiq Walker, Jessica Ranco, Nicholaus Ranco, Morgan Ranco, Eric Ranco, Tori May Ranco, Kasey Ranco, Holden Strong, Sadie Strong and Jude Strong.
Nelson grew up primarily in Orono with his mother's family and went to St. Mary's for primary and high school. A veteran of the Korean War, he attended Husson University and spent most of his professional life working as an accountant for Diamond International.
Nelson was beloved by many and was known for his great sense of humor. He was a kind, loving and even-tempered man. His wife, May, was the joy of his life and his children made him glow with pride. Smiling and laughing were common in Nelson's presence, as he would share stories and an occasional glass of Chivas Regal with his friends and family.
A memorial service will be held on 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Lung Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 418372, Boston, MA 02241-8372, 1-800-298-2436, www.lungcanceralliance.org.