Obituary – Paul Kevin Nugent
April 10, 1957 – April 15, 2014
Humanitarian, historian, environmentalist and master boat captain, Paul Kevin Nugent, 57, a long-time resident of New Smyrna Beach, Florida died Tuesday, April 15 after a medical incident that occurred while surfing with friends.
Nugent is survived by his wife, Valerie Nugent and son Kevin Nugent from a previous marriage, along with his mother Martha Kelly Nugent, one brother and four sisters: Tom Nugent, Shelagh Nugent, Marlaina Nugent, Jocelyn Nugent, Kim Flood and families; his brother-in-law Skip Mathis and sister-in-law Marcia Jewell and families. Nugent is predeceased by his father Captain Thomas H. Nugent, Jr. who is survived by his wife Aurelia Nugent.
As the son of a Navy captain, Nugent was born in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1957 and subsequently lived in Panama City, Florida, Falls Church, Virginia and Newport, Rhode Island before moving to Orlando, Florida in 1972 when his father was transferred to the Orlando Naval Training Center to serve as commanding officer of the Recruit Training Command. After graduating from Winter Park High School in 1976, Nugent attended Valencia Community College and graduated from the University of Florida in 1981 with a BS degree in geography. Shortly after graduation, Nugent joined the City of Ocala Planning Department as City Planner and spent his professional career with the City of Ocala in various roles over a period of 26 years as Assistant Planning Director, Planning Director, Assistant City Manager and City Manager until his retirement in 2008.
Among Nugent’s key accomplishments during his tenure with the City of Ocala include the revitalization of the Downtown Development District, implementation of a tree ordinance which led to the naming of Ocala as a Tree City USA, renovation of the train station, revitalization of the historic Marion Theatre, and the incorporation of the Fort King National Landmark into the National Registry of Historic Places. After his retirement in 2008, Nugent acquired both his captain’s license and master captain’s license preparing him for an on-going career as a master boat captain. Much-loved for his keen sense of humor and deeply respected for his distinguished community service, Nugent will be greatly missed.
A memorial gathering will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, April 26 at Arts on Douglas 123 Douglas Street, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 32168 followed by a reception next door at the Clay Gallery, 302 South Riverside Drive from 4 to 6 pm. Arts on Douglas 386-428-1133. Clay Gallery 386-427-2903.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Surfrider Foundation Volusia/Flagler Chapter, 231 Kirkland Road, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32169 (321-514-1112) or to the Humane Society of Marion County, PO Box 1542, Ocala, Florida 34478 (352-873-7387).