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NILSSON, Gunnar Y. of Avon, passed away surrounded by his loving family on November 3, 2020, at the age of 84. Born in Torrington, CT to the late Yngvar and Sarah (Nagy) Nilsson. Beloved husband of Sandra (Daum) Nilsson. Loving father of Lisa Nilsson and her husband Rich Remsberg of North Adams, and Hope Nilsson and her husband Norm Bell of North Adams. Devoted brother of the late Robert Nilsson and Albert Nilsson.

Gunnar worked as a graphic designer for many years. He was a talented musician and singer who loved playing the guitar and performing, especially at the Avon Baptist Church, where he was a long-time member. He liked to play tennis, go fishing, and ride his bike and motorcycle. Gunnar and Sandie spent many wonderful days skiing with the Silver Streaks Ski Group at Waterville Valley, NH.

Gunnar was a true renaissance man. He could fix and build anything, including the three home additions he and Sandie built together. Gunnar invented things: a device to make water skiing easier; a better pool filter, created with his brother, Al; his own version of the ride-on mower, a push mower attached to the back of a mini-bike; a new musical instrument, invented with his friend, John. He spent many happy hours tending his garden. And he shared his knowledge of all he loved with anyone who wanted to be part of the fun.

Gunnar gave hugs so hard you couldnít breathe. He will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to have known him.

In keeping with the Covid-19 guidelines, which include face coverings, social distancing and wait times in line due to temporary limited capacity, relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a visitation period on Tuesday, November 10th, from 1:00 PM Ė 1:30 PM at the Avon Baptist Church, 119 North Main St., Avon, MA. A funeral service with limited attendance will be held immediately following the visitation period. Burial will follow in the Avon Cemetery, Avon. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Gunnarís name to the Avon Baptist Church, 119 North Main St., Avon, MA 02322.

Lisa and Hope would like to share a video they made for Dadís 82nd birthday that includes some of their best memories of him. Please click the link below to see the video.

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