Mitchell Nash

  • Born: January 16, 1967
  • Died: May 19, 2017
  • Location: Newton

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458
Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mitchell Nash of Newton, MA passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on May 19, 2017. Mitch was born January 16, 1967 in Boston and was raised in Newton. He attended Newton North where he was an avid athlete. Mitch was a sportsman all his life and could often be found playing hockey, basketball or baseball in various men's leagues throughout the Boston area. Mitch was the devoted father to his children Owen (13 years) and Nolan (9 years). He is survived by his beloved girlfriend Meghan Thrasher of Brighton. He was the son of the late James Nash. He leaves behind his mother, Theresa (O'Sullivan) Nash of Newton and his siblings Eileen Nash of Newton, Joseph Nash of Pembroke and his companion Rita Ashegh of Lynn, Terry and Laurie Nash of Franklin, John and Mary Jo Nash of Waltham, Mary and Roland Nash-Roy of Maynard, Brian and Vicki Nash of Marlborough and Jamie and Chris Miller of Hudson. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is survived by his former wife Gretchen (Buxbaum) Nash of West Roxbury. Mitch devoted his life to his two boys. He loved spending time with them and spending his free time at "The Camp", he loved being around family and friends. His passion was woodworking which he did with perfection. He was a true artist. Mitchy (as he was known to his siblings) was your all around great guy who was very loved by all that knew him. He will be dearly missed. Visiting hours in the Eaton and Mackay Funeral Home, 465 Centre St., NEWTON CORNER, on Tuesday, May 23nd from 4-8pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Wednesday at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mitch's name may be made to a college fund for Owen and Nolan Nash, c/o Margaret A. Nash, 17 Maplewood St., West Roxbury MA 02132.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Miss you every day my friend.

Posted by Bill Carey    May 16, 2018


So very sorry to hear of Mitch's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Nash family. May you find peace in the love and memories you share. XO

Posted by Kris Kearney    June 02, 2017

I first met Mitch 15 years ago when we played on the same Boston area over 30 baseball team. We played together for about 8 years. There's something about being able to play a game you loved as a kid into your feel lucky to be able to do such a thing. Mitch felt the same way. We witnessed Mitch perform feats at 3rd base where we would just say "did he just do that?" A game in Lynn where he superman dived a scorched one-hopper to his right, popped up lickety-split and threw a laser to 1st base for the out stands out. Where that quickness came from I have no idea...that was 11 years ago.

His love for his boys trumped everything though. Whether on the diamond or the golf course, he always found a way to get them into the conversation.

He built me 2 bookcases for my home office. I don't consider them furniture so much as pieces of art, they are that good. A true craftsman in that regard.

Work travel inhibited me from attending the services. My deepest sympathies for the boys, Gretchen, and the whole Nash family. Mitch was truly one of the good ones.

Posted by Erik Olson    May 29, 2017

I came to know Mitch as teammate and opponent on several baseball teams. He was a true gentleman, and always came to the games with an infectious, positive attitude. He will be missed by all who shared the diamond with him. My prayers to his family.

Posted by Ken Thaxter - Bridgewater   May 24, 2017


My deepest condolences. Mich was a great guy to be friends with in middle school. My thoughts and prayers are with the Nash family at this time.

Posted by Elizabeth (Chicky) Dornburgh - Arlington, MA   May 23, 2017

I'd like to express my heartfelt condolences over the passing of Mitch. He was a friend in middle school and I have great memories of him and our group of friends having such fun together!

My thoughts are with the Nash family (Gretchen and the boys in particular) over your loss.

Gretchen, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything at all.

Chicky T.

Posted by Elizabeth Dornburgh - Arlington, MA   May 23, 2017

To Mitch's family, it is hard to express how sorry I am for your loss. Mitch will always be a part of my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathies; please also forgive me for not attending the services. Unfortunately, time constraints do not permit me to do so. Again sorry to hear of this terrible news.

Posted by Brian Hurley - Brighton, MA - Friend   May 23, 2017

The greatest guy to watch a Red Sox game with. I knew Mitch socially as an adult in Brighton. He stood out to me because He was so quietly knowledgeable about baseball. I knew he must have been a great player. He also had an overwhelming kindness and gentleness to all. It was never about him. It was all about you with him. He listened. He understood. Thanks Mitch. My deepest condolences to all family members and friends. We lost a great one. Peace, Michael Hayes

Posted by Michael Hayes - Brighton, MA   May 23, 2017

In kindergarten, I was Mitch's first friend at Underwood. By the 5th grade, we realized that both of us loved the game of baseball! Our friendship continued through high school, and we had a lot of fun times together.

He went on to the Boston Park League and he always told me to follow him there, with Mike Lyons, and our baseball mentor, B. Bardo. At righty at Bird Park, we were always on the same team. We also played basketball games there, and Mitch not only excelled at baseball, he was great at basketball too. We also played on the football team together and he was great at football too. Just a great all around athlete and person. I can't believe he is gone at such a young age.

To the Nash family, may your happy memories of Mitch get you through these hard times. So sorry for your loss. He'll be joining the baseball team in heaven.

Posted by Jim Kalamvokis - Westwood, MA   May 23, 2017

I loved that guy.

I was a teammate of Mitch's on 4 over-30/40/50 baseball teams over a span of 14 years. Mitch mostly played 3B, and me SS, so we were usually side-by-side. I always had friendly chats and conversations with Mitch throughout the game, whether on the field or on the bench...those conversations were almost never about baseball.

No matter which teams we played on, we somehow managed to follow each other around the league thru the years. It always perked me up to see him at the games - we had a good friendship.

A friendly, gentle guy. Kind soul. Everyone liked Mitch.

Two handsome sons whom he loved deeply and spoke of constantly, and a wonderful former partner in Gretchen, whom I luckily came to know thru the years. My daughter Elizabeth was 3 years old when I met Mitch...she recently graduated HS. She mourns his passing as well.

I am playing in a baseball game with Mitch's team the night of his wake - a game Mitch was supposed to play. I have asked the manager to let me play 3B in Mitch's honor, and he granted that wish. It won't be the same without him, and I'm not the player he was, but I will think of him and do my best.

A sad loss for everyone who knew Mitch. Great guy, great dad, good friend. I will think of him every time I step out on the field. Peace and my sincere condolences to his lovely family.

Posted by Ernest DeMaio - Salem, MA - Friend   May 23, 2017

Don't think I ever said hello to Mitch in passing. We always found a way to have a conversation. Mitch was that guy everyone wanted to be around and could put me in a good mood just by his presence.
My condolences to all who had the fortune of being closest to him. I'll miss Mitch greatly and hope to feel that happiness in his memory as I did in his company.

Posted by Dan O'Brien    May 22, 2017

Mitch was and always will be remembered as a great man. So sorry for your loss. My prayers to the Nash family and friends. Rest in peace brother! You were loved by all who knew you.

Posted by John Resnick - Winchester, MA - Friend   May 22, 2017

May his memory be eternal

Posted by John McVey - Weston, MA   May 22, 2017

Mitch and I went to school together it's been many years but i remember hanging out listening to Jim Morrisson (The Doors). I am so sorry for your loss sending thought and prayers

Posted by Robert (Fest) Coppola - Amherst, NH   May 21, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Nash family. Growing up across the street was so much fun! Mitchie had the most beautiful smile, which he carried into adulthood! My hope is that your wonderful memories and the closeness of the love you all had for one another will ease the pain of the difficult weeks and months you all have ahead of you as you grieve. Remember his smile and the sound of his laugh, it will carry you in your darkest moments.
With much love,
Nancy Shannon-Jones

Posted by Nancy Shannon-Jones - Greenfield, NH - Family Friend   May 21, 2017

I am deeply saddened and devastated by the passing of Mitch. My deepest sympathies to the Nash family. Mitch and I became friends in a funny way. Mitch was a phenomenal pitcher and we played on rival teams. I would holler things to him to try to get him off his game, to no avail. When it was my time to bat, it was three quick strikes and back to the bench I went, yelling louder than before. Then, a couple of months later, Mitch and I made the same All Star team. I was one of the first players to show up to our first practice, putting my cleats on. Mitch comes walking in the park and we just look at each other. I walked over to him, smiled, and extended my hand and said: "I'm glad you're on my side now"! He smiled ear to ear, and like the true classy guy he was, shook my hand. We have been baseball buddies ever since. I will (and already do) miss you my friend.

Posted by Bill Carey - Worcester, formerly Brighton, MA   May 21, 2017