The Spring Creek Towers community mourns the passing of Christine (Candy) Nelson on September 8, 2014 after valiantly fighting an extended battle with kidney disease, which included receiving a transplanted kidney from her eldest son nine years ago.
Those who met and knew Nelson, 55, say she had a winning smile, cooperative spirit and love for children. “Christine had a vivacious personality and could make you laugh,” said longtime friend Rebecca Caraballo. “She is dearly loved and will be surely missed. May she rest in peace.”
Popularly known as “Ms. Nelson” by P.S. 346 children and parents, she will always be remembered as the school’s pleasant and caring Pre-Kindergarten Family Assistant. The job her family said was the “perfect position” for her because she loved children.
Many will also remember the SCT resident as an active community member. While her sons, Alan Jr. and Jason Hargrove, were growing up, she was always there to support their participation in the Spring Creek Youth Federation baseball and football teams, the Starrett Judo Club and school orchestra. Her support extended itself to involvement in their school’s PTAs and being a founding member of the Judo Parents Association. And Nelson generously gave her free time to gladly help other groups in need of volunteer support.
Nelson was a Starrett City Tenants Association (SCTA) building representative, and elected to serve on the SCTA Executive Board. Caraballo, the association’s President, will always remember her genial friend as also fearless, “She was a building rep who had no problem telling the toughest-acting person what they could not do in the building when she was on duty.”
Before becoming physically limited, Nelson enjoyed bowling as a pastime. She was an accomplished bowler that belonged to a league and won several trophies.
Born on September 1, 1957, Christine (Candy) Nelson was raised in Harlem and attended public schools there. After graduating Norman Thomas High School (formerly Central Commercial H.S.), she went to work for American Express, followed by employment with a Manhattan law firm as a paralegal.
She is survived by her mother Lucille Nelson; sons Alan, Jr. and Jason Hargrove (and his wife Darcy); six grandchildren: Dominic, Dillon, Zariah, Jason, Jr., Joelani and Alanie; and three aunts, an uncle and a host of relatives.
By Agnes E. Green