SWANTON — Nils A. Berglund, a resident of this area since 1995, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at his home.

Born on Jan. 6, 1951, in Southampton, N.Y., he was the son of the late Leigh and Gertrude (Okerstrom) Berglund, Sr. Nils was 62 years old.

Nils was a 1973 graduate of the University of Vermont and 1976 graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he received a Master’s Degree in Agriculture. For many years, he was an agent for the Suffolk County Co-operative Extension Service. Nils was a poultry expert, raising and showing his own stock on a national level. He was also always there to answer a question for someone else about the raising of poultry. He loved raising chickens, ducks, geese, quail, homing pigeons, Devon and Guernsey cattle.

Nils was former chairman of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, past president of the American Milking Devon Cattle Association and a former senior warden at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his partner of 17 years, Donald Fournier of Swanton; brother, Leigh Berglund, Jr. and his wife, Eva, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., his Goddaughters Erin Sepe Pirro and Martha Julian, and many special friends.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, corner of Fairfield and Church Street, St. Albans.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, P.O. Box 477, Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312. Assisting the Berglund family is the Heald Funeral Home of St. Albans, where private messages of condolence to his family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.