GUILDERLAND – Donald M. “Nash” Nasholds, 92, of Guilderland, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Nash was born in Albany, the son of the late Craig Nasholds and Maud Pitcher Nasholds. He lived in the area all his life, and was a graduate of Albany High School. He served in the U.S. Army Engineers during World War II in North Africa, Italy and France. He was then employed by the New York Telephone Co. for 39 years, and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. Nash led a very family-centered life, and enjoyed camping and vacationing with his family.
Don was predeceased by his wife Elaine M. Golden Nasholds in 1999. He is survived by his children Craig Nasholds (Anne) of Guilderland, Janice Miller (Eric) of Guilderland, Wade Nasholds (Carole) of Windsor, CA, Reid Nasholds (Suzanne) of Waynesboro, VA, Donald Nasholds (Sharon) of Wake Forest, NC, Elaine Sullivan (Jeff) of Guilderland, and Kurt Nasholds (Tracy) of Wake Forest, NC; his grandchildren Erin Wilkinson (John), Amy Countryman (Drew), Meredith and Morgan Nasholds, Carly and Chase Sutton, Cameryn and Drew Nasholds, Callie Nasholds, Jeffrey and Madeline Sullivan, and Reis and Owen Nasholds; his great grandchildren Nolan and Adalyn Wilkinson, Nora and Bryce Countryman, and Finnley Sutton. Don was predeceased by his brothers Craig (infant), Kenneth and Russell Nasholds. Also a niece Joanie, Russell’s daughter.
While preparing his obituary, we were asked if he had any hobbies or was a member of any club or institution. But for a few later years of playing golf with his buddies, his only avocation was his family, including his greyhound Penny. He and Mom took us all over the place with a station wagon and travel trailer in tow. On one notable trip to Maine, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island there were six of us along plus one more due to be born just a few months later. How they managed to put up with us it is hard to imagine. The end result is seven brothers and sisters who all love each other and get along very well still all these years later. Family was everything to them. Everything.
Calling hours will be held from 4pm-7pm Friday May 26 at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave. Albany, NY 12203. Private interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne. To leave a message of condolence for the family or to obtain updated service information, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
I am saddened by the news of the passing of my old scout master. I will always remember with fondness Mr Nash. What a great guy. My condolences to Craig, Jan and all the Nasholds.
Sorry to hear about the passing of Don. I hav’nt seen Don in many years. We worked together at the telephone company for a long time at the western Ave. building and downtown. I used to see him walking his dog near his
home off western Ave near the Campus. He will be remembered. Irving ( whitey) Mosher
I am very sorry for you and your families loss. Be well.
Kate and Tim Radigan
Our condolences to the Nasholds family on the passing of their father Donald. Related by marriage, we were fortunate to get to know both Don and Elaine and to be included in family gatherings many times over the years. Warm, friendly and welcoming they will always have a place in our hearts and will be sorely missed. We love you Big Nash.
MIke and Carol Prevost
Of the few times we were able to spend time with Nash, they were all in the Adirondacks. Whether visiting in his chalet, or having him at our home, each visit was truly special. We especially remember one time he visited and was sitting in front of the fireplace listening to old songs he and his wife used to enjoy. He would sing along and seemed truly happy,. Seeing his pleasure we played the same CD until finally he stood up and announced to Craig, “it’s time to go, I like this music but the same darn album has already played five times.” Nash, may a part of your spirit always remain in these mountains.
Our condolences to the Nashold Family, a great man has passed.
Ed and Judy Zyniecki
We were fortunate enough to spent many weekend afternoons lounging around the circle at Craig and Anne’s house with Big Nash, enjoying appetizers and waiting for dinner. We always felt privileged to be there with him, he made us feel like family and kept the afternoon interesting with diverse conversations that ranged across the spectrum but our favorites were about raising the family and some nice pokes at Craig. Although it’s been awhile since we all shared the circle we will be forever grateful for having the pleasure to enjoy the time with Big Nash, a special guy.
Our sympathies to the entire Nasholds family.
Bob & Judy Zulick
We are sorry for your loss. We share many memories of days (evenings) with Nash at Craig’s “Estate”. Best of all were the Guilderland youth soccer teams memories of our boys playing and our cheering together. Condolences to all the Nasholds Family.
Bob & Judy
susan conway prince
Craig, Jan, Wade, Reid, Donny, Lannie and Kurt,
So many Happy memories of Uncle Nash/Trail Master….on our camping trips! I can’t imagine how our parents managed to plan the trips, pack up the trailers and the kids and not pull their hair out. Except for the times we had to do some backtracking to pick Donny up after having left him somewhere again….the trips were always an adventure! My parents got such a kick out of your parents – they were always laughing and planning the next trip together.
On my wedding day I danced with Uncle Nash, I remember he said….” Suzie don’t step on my feet, just keep smiling”…I didn’t step on his feet, and when thinking of him and all of you, I will keep smiling.
Suzie Conway Prince
Susan Conway Prince
Craig, Jan, Wade, Reid, Donny, Lainie, Kurt, – So many happy memories of Uncle Nash/ The Trailmaster and our camping trips! I can’t imagine how our parents planned the trips, packed up the trailers, tents and the kids and didn’t pull their hair out! Except for a few times that we had to backtrack to pick up Donny where we, once again, left him behind , I remember the trips always being an adventure and the highlight of our summers. Our parents got such a kick out of your Mom and Dad – always laughing and critiquing the campsites that we stayed….God forbid you were the one who picked out bad accommodations or route to get there……they would be the brunt of the jokes and never allowed to forget it!
I danced with Uncle Nash on my wedding day and he said “Suzie don’t step on my feet and don’t stop smiling”….I didn’t step on his feet and when I think of Uncle Nash and all of you I won’t stop smiling. Take care and Love, Suzie Conway Prince
Margaret & Tom Chrétien
We have wonderful memories of Big Nash. He loved his family and stayed active and enjoyed a long life. We remember that fun day he hiked out to Taylor Pond. Great guy. Penny must be running circles around him.