Nathan Snow Ellis III, 93, of Falmouth and North Carolina, died Friday, October 18th at Falmouth Hospital following a brief illness.
He was the son of the late Nathan Snow Ellis Jr. of Falmouth and Alexina Hunter of Scotland and is the eighth generation of a family (Ellis/Pierce) that spans back to the 1700’s on Cape Cod. Pete, as he was known while growing up in Falmouth, attended local schools through the tenth grade then graduated from Manlius Military School in Syracuse New York. He served in the Marine Corp until after the war ended then served in the National Guard from 1947 to 1951. He graduated Brown University in 1950 with a BS degree in Civil Engineering and worked for Massachusetts Department of Public Works from 1950 to 1956, as Commissioner of Public Works for the city of New Bedford and then Water Superintendent from 1956 to 1963. He created a Department of Public Works for Falmouth and served as director until 1983. In his retirement he then created the Mashpee Water District and served as manager from 1988-1992. His last employment was as a Disaster Assistant Engineer for FEMA, 1992-1998.
Nate served as an elected County Commissioner in Barnstable County and an elected Falmouth Selectman. He served as a Director and President of the Barnstable County Agricultural Society, a Director of Oak Grove Cemetery, a 70 year member of Falmouth Rod & Gun Club, a member of First Baptist Church in Pocasset, a Mason and a Shriner. He loved to hunt and fish, garden, and fix things which usually required yet another shed. He especially loved our camp on North Beach in Chatham and the wonderful times with family and friends on Pleasant Bay.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian, his son Nathan (Patricia) of Kennebunkport, ME, his daughter Cynthia Ellis (Kevin Otto) of Hadley, his stepson Kris Phillips (Lynn) of Hingham, six grandchildren: Daniel Ellis of Falmouth, Nathan Ellis (Leah) of Hudson, Alex Hadfield of Nantucket, Elizabeth Richardson (Taylor) of Arundel, ME, Katherine Ellis of Charlestown and Christopher Phillips of Scituate, and three great grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-8 PM on Friday, Nov. 8th at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth MA. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Saturday Nov. 9th at the First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street, Falmouth. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery on Jones Road, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Oak Grove Cemetery, PO Box 489, Falmouth MA 02541.