He was a past chairman and a member for some 40 years of the Armley Common Rights Trust, which was established after the Enclosure Act of 1794, to maintain Armley Moor and other common land in the area.
He also served for many years as a member of the Civic Arts Guild and the Leeds Children’s Holiday Camp management committee.
Alderman Nelson was not often a contributor to city council debates but he was as assiduous committee member. As an Armley man and a local contractor he knew the area well, and was respected for his attention to his constituents’ casework.
He leaves a wife, Joan, a daughter, Kay, and a son, Mark.