Members of the Northeast Campground Association (NCA) were sad to learn the news of the death of Nelson Gustine, who passed away peacefully Friday morning (Feb. 25).

In an announcement, NCA said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with his sons Glenn and Bruce Gustine, his caregiver and daughter-in-law Michele Gustine and Nelson’s entire family that he cherished so very much.”

Gustine was instrumental in bringing what we know today as NCA from concept to reality, according to the regional organization. He was part of the group in 1965 that saw the need for an association of associations that would allow campgrounds from across the Northeast to work with one another.

Gustine also was a key player in the development of the Northeast Campground Association Scholarship Fund, Inc. and a staunch supporter of making education available through conference and through higher education for students. 

Services have been scheduled for this week. Calling hours will be Thursday (March 3) from 5-8 p.m. at Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main St., East Hampton, Conn. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Hope Church, 230 East High St., East Hampton, with a gathering for friends and loved ones to follow at Nelson’s Family Campground. Burial will be private at the family’s convenience on a later date. 

The family has requested that memorial donations may be made to the East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 144, East Hampton, CT  06424.

For those wishing to send a card to the family, address it to Nelson’s Family Campground, 71 Mott Hill Road, East Hampton, CT 06424.