John was lovingly welcomed into this world by father John Lawrence Nielsen and mother Esther Nielsen in December of 1962, in Southern California. He spent his teenage and young adult years in the great state of Texas.
John enjoyed a distinguished and accomplished career in the automotive industry, understanding the intricacies of the business from turning a wrench, to writing technical service bulletins, speaking to congress and advocating legislation, to giving radio and television interviews on all matters automotive related. In addition to his technical skills, he gained a skill for public speaking and leadership, and took great pride in his work while posturing those around him for success.
He exhibited a passion and exuberance in learning and teaching, both through academic and autodidactic endeavors. He enjoyed sharing this found knowledge with anyone and everyone. This thirst of knowledge and self-improvement was exhibited in many of the activities in which he immersed himself, including cooking, music, fishing, orchids, and of course, cars (always the cars). John was an avid boater and had a love of the water, where he would captain his boat with his wife, family, and friends aboard. John expressed great love for many aspects of his life, but none more so than for his friends, family, and faith.
John is survived by his wife Rachel Nielsen; daughters Rachael Gentry, with husband Jayson and children Ava and Jaycob; and Sarah Bronson, with husband Chris and son Colt; sons Nathaniel Bayliss, with wife Stephanie and children Nicholas, William, and James; Robert Bayliss, with wife Krystle and son Everett; brother Mark “Ben” Nielsen, and sister Tawnya Wren.
The funeral service will be held at noon, Saturday, May 8, at Ascension Episcopal Church, 4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819. Please see link below for Zoom.
Reception to follow at: Orange Tree Country Club, 7540 Woodgreen Dr, Orlando FL 32819.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to PanCan.org
or the Boys & Girls Club of Seminole County