Tony Nelson

William Anthony “Coach Tony” Nelson, 60, passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.

Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, February 19, at Wade Family Funeral Home Chapel, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Visitation: 9-10 a.m Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home. In Memory of Tony the family has requested to wear Dallas Cowboys Gear or Color.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Arlington Optimist Club.

Tony was born April 8, 1961 in Bristol, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school Tony joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served as an electrician, boarding officer, and search and rescue operations throughout the Northeast and Puerto Rico. In 1990, Tony married the love of his life Leigh and the two went on to have three beautiful children that included two daughters, Nina and Maya and one son, Jake. After twenty years of service Tony retired from the military as a Petty Officer First Class and proceeded onto a career as a commercial electrician with Fox Electric and Cummings Electric in Arlington, Texas. After retiring from the electrical trade Tony sought out a security position at AT&T Stadium, the home of his beloved Dallas Cowboys, which he truly enjoyed.

Tony developed lifelong memories and friendships through the Arlington Optimist Club where
he coached his son and multiple other youth football teams over several years. He had a huge impact on his teams serving as a mentor and role model to the boys he led and loved like his own, even following their successes as they moved onto high school and college.

In 2021, Tony was beyond thrilled to become a grandfather and fully embraced the role. The joy and happiness of the two together was nothing short of magical.

Tony was a loving husband of thirty-one years to his wife Leigh, a devoted father to his children, and a friend to so many. He will be missed dearly by all that knew and loved him.

Tony is preceded in death by his Son, Jake A. Nelson, Mother, Carol Nelson, Brothers, Bradford Nelson and Robert Nelson, Sisters, Sharon Nelson and Kim Nelson Clark.

He is survived by wife, Leigh Ann Nelson, daughters, Nina Teator her husband Alex, daughter Maya Nelson; son, John A. Nelson, sister, Nina Van Wright; his grandson, Jake Roscoe Teator, and numerous other cherished loved ones.

Funeral Service Broadcast 02/19/2022 10:00 am



Public Visitation: Saturday, February 19, 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Funeral Service: Saturday, February 19, 2022 10:00 am

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


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  1. i love u maya and i can only imagine what ur going through… i love u and ur family so much <3 y’all are amazing and i’m so sorry for your loss

  2. CandleImageBig bro. I was very fortunate to be reunited with you, I was a privilege and blessing knowing you and your family.

  3. I didn’t really know you but the few times we did meet you made me smile. I will miss you Uncle Tony. I love you.

  4. CandleImageWe love you the family so much.We are heartbroken and feel such a loss. He will always have a that irreplaceable special place in our hearts. It was a once in a lifetime blessing to have by coincidence crossed paths with through football. Our children were so blessed to have him as a coach and they gained not only a great coach and mentor for our kids but a true friendship and family member over the years.You are forever in our hearts

  5. I grew up down the street and went to school with your kids. You were always kind to me and ready to poke fun and make us laugh. Rest In Peace, Tony.

  6. Condolences to the family, I served with Tony on the Vigorous in NJ. He was a Great Leader and took us under his wings. Rest Easy My Brother.

  7. The Santoro family are all so truly sorry for his loss. Tony will always be remembered for his amazing contagious laugh and beautiful smile. I will cherish all those football practices, wish we could go back in time for just one more day! We Love the Nelson’s.

  8. CandleImageMy Uncle Big Brah, thank you for always being their in the hardest of times and making me laugh with the truth . You even made me cry when I needed too. I only wish we could have had more time together , “all of us .Love You Uncle Tony.

  9. I would like to send my condolences to the family. What a cool brother, I first met Tony on the CG Ship in Cape May NJ in 1995. We became good friends and shipmates. We had so much fun and good times together, You are and will be well missed My “BROTHER “ My prayers go out to you all! Harold

  10. I would like to send my condolences to the family. What a cool brother. I first met Tony on the CG Ship in Cape May NJ. In 1995. We become good Friends and Shipmates . We had so much fun and good times! You are and will be well missed “My BROTHER “ my prayer’s are with you all. Harold

    • Such sad news learning of Tony’s passing. Words can never replace the loss of a loved one. Warm thoughts and prayers to your family and friends, going through this difficult time.
      Tony and I were in the Coast guard together and I live next to him and his family and Wildwood, NJ. RIP Shipmate

  11. “God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes
    and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)

  12. Ashleigh, Scott, Cade, Nolan, and Eloise send our love to all of the Nelson family. We are so lucky to have met Tony, and although we wish everyone had more time with him, we are happy he’s in a better place. Our condolences to all.

  13. To Tony Family, some of y’all I never meet but we were Family Nina you are the last one of my brothers and sisters I will miss you Tony. Sending my love to to the family. Charlene (fats)

  14. To my oldest friends dad, a beloved father, husband, grandfather, uncle and much more, missing you so much already. Thank you for being a second father to me, hope you’re living it up there with Jake. The Nelson family has some amazing guardian angels up there. ❤️

  15. From the Alford family we thank you for giving us the chance to work with Tony he will be missed his can do it and let’s make it happen attitude was greatly appreciated. God blessings to you and your family.

  16. CandleImageTony has been a part of our family for nearly 40 years (since (CG EM “A” school GINY). He use to keep a photo of my daughter Tyan in his wallet. I still keep a picture of Neena (the one with the plaid dress and yellow turtleneck) in mine. I was honored to be Jake’s godfather and Tony’s brother from another mother. We love this family and our thoughts and prayers will always be with them.

    He will never be forgotten.

    Milton & Grace Keyes and family
    Seattle, WA

  17. So extremely grateful for the long and faithful US Coast Guard Service of PO William Anthony Nelson for our nation. Prayers are ascending up to heaven for comfort for his family and numerous friends in their untimely loss. May he rest in his new “Heavenly Deployment” with his preceding loved ones.
    D Huffman, Army Vet (Capt), Dallas Honor Guard member.

  18. CandleImageWe will forever miss our dearest friend, Tony. Thank you for your unconditional love here on earth. Rest easy, until we meet again. Love you much! Don, Feba and Alexis Thomas

    • What’s up Don…cant believe Tony’s gone. 😪. Good dude. Always smiling My prayers to his family. Hope all is well with you and your family.

  19. Condolences to the Nelson and extended family. Words cannot really express what Tony meant to most that he served with in the USCG. He was a very instrumental part in a lot of our lives/careers and that will not be forgotten. Rest Easy Tony!

  20. Prayers to the Nelson family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Tony was such a great guy who was always full of laughter and a contagious big smile. Tony and I were stationed together in Connecticut where we became close friends. I’ve often thought of him over the years and all of the fun we had. So sorry to hear the news and RIP Tony, you have left a great impression on all who knew you.
    Michael Mains

  21. I miss you Tony and your family. I had best cook outs at your home when I was stationed with you in station new London ct. I’m so sorry Nelson family, A truly nice guy and caring man will be missed. He really touched more heart’s than you know. Thank you for being part of my life.

  22. Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this web site needs far more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the info!

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