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William "Bill" Nesbitt Obituary
William "Bill" Nesbitt

AGE: 79 •

William "Bill" Nesbitt passed away peacefully on October 20, 2017 at home. He was 79 years old, born in Beacon, New York in 1938, the son of William and Eleanor Nesbitt. He lived in towns along the New Jersey Shore most of his life.

Bill graduated from Carson Long Military Institute, Class of 1956, in June of that year and enlisted for 2 years active duty in the U. S. Army in October 1956. After basic training, he took the Construction Surveying Course at Fort Belvoir and then was assigned to the 29th Engineer Battalion, U. S. Army Map Service, Far East and served 18 months in Japan. Upon discharge in 1958, he worked for various engineering companies in New Jersey.

In 1966, Bill hired on with the Pennsylvania RR as a Freight Brakeman and later was promoted to Conductor. After a few years with the PRR, in the winter of 1969-1970, he took a job as Yard Conductor in Burlington, Vermont for the Vermont Railway. Upon returning to New Jersey, he worked for T & M Associates. In 1977, he took a job with Toms River Township's fledgling Engineering Department as their surveyor, chief construction inspector for paving, storm sewers and concrete curb and sidewalk construction. He was also their draftsman and designer for various construction projects for the Township and also designed, surveyed and supervised construction of its baseball and soccer fields. He retired in 2003 after 26 years of service.

Bill was an avid model builder beginning around age 9. His main interests were model trains and flying model airplanes. He was fond of building and flying vintage rubber powered model airplanes from the 1930s. He taught a number of boys how to build and fly these stick and tissue types and was proud of the fact that some of his students sometimes bested him in competitions. He was known for his easy going sense of humor, love of history, and had a true gift for telling railroad stories.

Bill and his wife Carol moved to Virginia in 2006 and enjoyed their life on Blue Mountain in Linden, Virginia. He was a wonderful father and loving husband. He is survived by his wife, Carol of 41 years, 3 children from his first marriage, William, Kathleen and Tom, and his 2 stepsons, Michael and Kevin, 17 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

A private family celebration will be held. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Blue Ridge Hospice, Winchester, Virginia.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 23, 2017
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