Jim Nelson was Ivy Tilsley's father. Jim and wife Alice were in attendance at grandson Brian Tilsley's wedding to Gail Potter at St. Boniface Catholic Church in November 1979 and the reception at the Rovers. Like the other men in Ivy's life, Jim seemed to suffer from her sharp tongue, with Ivy criticising him for his smoking outside the church. When Ivy and Alice walked off, Jim asked Bert Tilsley why he put up with Ivy. He later joked to Brian, just as he was about to get married, that the first fifty years were the worst, causing Ivy to tell him to shut up.