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Paul Kevin Nugent
  • April 10, 1958
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  • April 15, 2014

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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). 

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  1. 26 Jul 2014
    Valerie Nugent says:
    You were the best part of my life and always will be. I miss you so much.

  2. 26 Apr 2014
    Michael & Trish Pape says:
    The love and support for you-- Valerie, Kevin, and Paul's family-- are so deep and so heartfelt by so, so many. Paul's legacy to all of us who grieve is that his joy of life, sense of humor, and passion for his interests will live on in some way, in each of us. Aloha, Paul... until we meet again.

  3. 25 Apr 2014
    Doug & Jamie Iannarelli says:
    Paul was a great friend of ours and he will truly be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family during this very difficult time.
    May God bless all of you

  4. 24 Apr 2014
    Vic & Donna Vaccaro says:
    Kevin & Family, you're in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Kevin, we didn't know you're father, but from what we see in you, he must have been a wonderful person, father, and mentor. Your dad has suddenly moved on, but his life and legacy continues through you... and we're sure he would be proud.

  5. 22 Apr 2014
    Tim says:
    No one really knows what it's all really about. We think we do but we all have different paths and thoughts of how to get there. But to me, Paul was one of the best examples of truly understanding life and what it really means. His outlook and example of how to treat people, make each moment count and love what we have was an incredible testimony to anyone that knew him. He was an amazing dad, husband, brother and great friend to so many. I was fortunate to be one of them. His legacy and love live on in Valerie and Kevin and truly all of his amazing friends and family that he touched. God bless you Paul for being such a light, such fun and such an amazing example to us all. Much love to Kevin and Valerie, his family and the Surf Gang brotherhood. You will be missed in the line-up but never, ever, forgotten. Mahalo!

  6. 21 Apr 2014
    Kevin and Nancy Smith says:
    Our sympathy to Paul's family and prayers for strength and good memories. He had a big heart and a great sense of community. I'm so sorry he's gone on ahead.

  7. 21 Apr 2014
    brian says:
    Paul – you left too soon. We had much more life to live. I still see you driving around town, sitting in the line-up, playing jokes on one of us. You were my friend, my brother, my children’s Uncle Paul, and Susan’s (Buffy's) loving friend. Your passing has given us all a reason to pause and reflect on life and our loved ones. I’ve heard so many people say you made them want to be a better person.
    Val, Kevin and family – you have my love and support forever. We will all rebuild our lives and treasure the memories.
    My deepest love, Brian

  8. 20 Apr 2014
    Patricia Bothwell says:
    My deepest and heartfelt condolences for your loss of this wonderful man. A friend to us all. He will be missed.
    My prayers go out for the family and all thise who loved him.

  9. 20 Apr 2014
    Dan Lawrence says:
    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Death is the enemy of all mankind, yet when it touches us personally, it is at times difficult to receive the comfort we search for. In times like these I know I can find comfort in God's word. In John 5:28,29 He tells us " Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." As the God and Father of tender mercies, He wants you to find comfort in Him through prayer ( 2 Cor 1:3 ).

  10. 20 Apr 2014
    Megan McGovern Bergen says:
    Paul was cousin to my two sons who were very impressed by his athleticism in a kayak in Juniper Springs and further delighted by his antics at dinner. My prayers go out to all of those who grieve his untimely passing

  11. 19 Apr 2014
    Grace & Beaver says:
    Val.!!! I can only say :( I
    am so sorry I know how deeply you love . Just hold onto all your happy memories I love you Believe me you have always been in my heart !

  12. 18 Apr 2014
    olympia says:
    My deepest condolences for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. 18 Apr 2014
    Dana Burdick says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Mark and Dana Burdick

  14. 18 Apr 2014
    Julie Royals (T&D Distribution) says:
    Thoughts are with you during this time....my deepest sypathy

  15. 18 Apr 2014
    Sarah Philibert says:
    So sorry for your loss, praying for peace for you and the family.

  16. 18 Apr 2014
    Eric & Carol Bartolozzi says:
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. May prayers & happy memories lift you up through this difficult time.

  17. 18 Apr 2014
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    Jocelyn, Paul and Kevin
    Jocelyn, Paul and Kevin

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    Tom and Paul Nugent
    Tom and Paul Nugent

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    High School
    High School

  23. 18 Apr 2014
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    Last group photo
    Last group photo

  24. 18 Apr 2014
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    Paul the surfer
    Paul the surfer

  25. 18 Apr 2014
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    Indigo Coastal Shanty with Family
    Indigo Coastal Shanty with Family

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    Paul on his boat
    Paul on his boat

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    Paul & Val
    Paul & Val

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    Paul & a few of the Boyz
    Paul & a few of the Boyz

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