the nelson dionne salem history collection

Salem Common, ca. 1890

Nelson L. Dionne Jr. (1947-2022)

It is with a breaking heart that I report Nelson's passing -- at home, in his

favorite chair.

Nelson never lost his strong and stubborn will to live.

He had SO MUCH he still wanted to do.

He never lost his cognition.

He was at his computer, briefly, the day before he passed,

followed by a special family afternoon nap time with the kitty.

Nelson died on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at about 1:00 p.m.

from pancreatic cancer. He died with advanced Parkinson's disease.

Both were the result of his exposure to Agent Orange in Thailand,

where he served during Vietnam in Army Intelligence.

The VA eventually recognized him as a 100% service-related disabled


To say that Nelson's passing leaves a gaping hole in so many areas

would be a colossal understatement.

BUT, in his honor, my work to publish the books he so hoped to

get done will continue.

- Bonnie Hurd Smith (Dionne), July 23, 2023