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LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- Robert William Anthony Nesbit, born and raised in Pittsfield, Mass., passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2007, after a year-long battle with cancer. He had been a long time resident of Long Island.

He was the son of George and Jane Nesbit and the brother of Paul Nesbit, Anne Nesbit, Mary Jane Gonia, all of Pittsfield, Mass., and also Sheila Keator of Lenox, Mass. He was pre-deceased by his siblings John, George, Leo, Margaret, and Kathleen Nesbit, also of Pittsfield, Mass.

Robert had a long and active career in advertising working as an advertising manager for Cosmopolitan magazine, DARE magazine and Scholastic magazine. At his passing he was the president of Nesbit Consulting, a financial planning firm.

Robert attended St. Edwards College in Austin, Texas, before joining the Navy in the early 1950’s. He was married to Jeanne Cone of Bennington, Vt., in 1954, though they divorced in 1973.

Together, they had three sons who survive him: Robert James Nesbit of Chappaqua, and Mark and Greg Nesbit of Bennington, Vt. He was married to Carol Nesbit in 1977 and his stepsons, Kevin, Brian and John McCormick, all of New York, also survive him. He was the proud grandpa to nine grandchildren.

Robert was an avid gardener and model train enthusiast. However, his proudest accomplishment was as a co-founder of “Star of the Sea,” a shelter for homeless women in Queens. Robert was a member of the Williston Park Rotary Club and served at one time as its’ president. He was also a Eucharistic minister for St. Aidan’s Catholic Church in Williston Park, N.Y.

Funereal services will be held at St. Aidan’s on Wednesday, March 14 at 11:15 a.m. Robert’s wake will be on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Weigand Brothers Funeral Home also in Williston Park. Burial will be at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s children’s hospital or Doctors Without Borders.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 13, 2007
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