Nelson Lee Chamberlin, 62, of Woodstock died on Saturday, November 12, 2022, in Burlington. He was born on October 10, 1960, in Windsor, VT to Ernest and Mary (Wilson) Chamberlin and began his more than four-decade career in masonry just out of high school. He was talented and loved working with stone and brick to create beautiful architecture and features.
Nelson loved Vermont and the outdoors. Even though his best spots were closely guarded secrets, he always found time to teach anyone who wanted to learn (especially youths) how to identify animals and plants and forage and hunt safely. No matter the season, he found ways to enjoy his time in the woods: turkey calling, deer hunting, ice fishing/fishing, ginseng foraging, and rabbit hunting with his Beagle/Bluetick, Blue. A talented gardener with a green thumb, his vegetable garden yielded an abundance of produce to enjoy and share all season. For over 30 years, he enjoyed playing horseshoes in a local league he helped to form. He loved to spend time with his family, was always on the cleanup crew for family get-togethers; in recent years he really loved watching his granddaughter learn and grow, and having nerf wars and wrestling with his “adopted” grandson.
Nelson is survived by his wife Janice P. Chamberlin of Woodstock; two daughters Tanya Parker and husband Adam of Woodstock and Susan Chamberlin and partner Christopher Barr of South Woodstock; seven siblings Suzanne Rogers of Hartford, VT, William Chamberlin of Woodstock, Ethel Davis of Woodstock, Ernest Chamberlin, Jr. and partner Carmen of Woodstock, Everett Chamberlin of Woodstock, Scott Chamberlin and wife Michelle of Castleton, VT, and Robert Chamberlin and wife Karin of Woodstock; one granddaughter Charlotte Barr; one “adopted” grandson Andrew Boyer; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda Holden.
A Celebration of Nelson’s life will be held at 1 pm on December 3, 2022, at the family farm, 1442 Church Hill Road, Woodstock.
Knight Funeral Home of White River Junction is honored to be entrusted with arrangements and online condolences are appreciated at www.knightfuneralhomes.com