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Gerald 'Jerry' Nelson Passes

Published: January 12, 2019 5:02 pm ET

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Longtime harness racing industry participant Gerald 'Jerry' Nelson of Truro, N.S. and Coconut Creek, Fl., passed away in Truro with family and friends by his side on Friday, January 11 at the age of 86.

Born in Truro, Nelson started working with Standardbreds as a young boy and then went to California with the great Joe O'Brien, rising to the ranks of second trainer.

Nelson also was first trainer with Archie McNeil, Ron Waples, Joe Pavia, Jr. and Wally Hennessey, working much of his career at Pompano Park. He was honoured by the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

"Jerry has been around horses all his life," said Hennessey at the time of the award announcement. "He was always reliable, super with the horses, he was the whole package. Everyone has nothing but the upmost respect for him."

A more complete obituary with any service details will be posted when available.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Jerry Nelson.

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