Harrie Nims

Published on Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:54


Harrie Nims, 90, of Kensington, passed away peacefully April 11, 2018, with family and friends. He was born September 2, 1927, in Concord, Mass., the son of John Buchanan Nims and Geneva (Canwell) Nims. Devoted husband of 50 years to Patricia (Sachs) Nims, he is survived by his three children, Marylee Aust, Jack Nims, and Steve Nims, and their spouses Bill Aust, Barbara Nims, and Barbara Gurr. In addition, he is survived by his grandchildren, Bill Aust and his wife Fallon, Kevin Aust and his wife Ashley, Carolyn Nims and her partner Jeremy, Charlie Nims, and Hailey Nims. Harrie lived a full life from start to finish, enlisting in the Navy at age 17 to serve in World War II. He returned to Massachusetts to finish high school, earning a BS in Electrical Engineering from UMASS, and enjoyed a fulfilling 37 year career with Northeast Utilities, retiring as Vice President of Engineering and Operations. He was continuously active and capable, enjoying his family, church, garden, hunting, hiking, playing cards, volunteering, coaching, and scouting. Upon retiring, he shared 17 years with his wife in Lake Dunmore, Vt. where they were blessed by constant visits and time spent with family and friends, loving every minute with his grandchildren. His sharp sense of humor couldn’t hide his heart full of compassion and care for everyone in his life. He gave to others generously whenever and however he could. Vital to the end, his final act was hiking with his devoted dog, Mindy, and her best friend Coco.

Calling hours will be at the Erickson-Hansen Funeral, 411 South Main Street New Britain, CT, Monday, April 16 from 4-7 p.m. Memorial Service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Church, 1077 Chamberlain Highway, Kensington. Consistent with Harrie’s desire to give, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Thunder Valley CDC, P.O. Box 290, Porcupine, SD 57772 www.thundervalley.org ; a Native American Organization important to Harrie, or Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AK 72202, www.heifer.org , also among his favored organizations. Please share a memory of Harrie with the family in the on line guest book @ www.ericksonhansen.com

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:54. Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:57.