Robert W. Nesbit, 84, heavy equipment dealer

March 14, 2004

Robert W. Nesbit, a heavy equipment dealer and World War II veteran, died Monday of cancer at his home in Ellicott City. He was 84.

Born in Dillsburg, Pa., he graduated from Central Pennsylvania Business College in Harrisburg before entering the Army in March 1941.

After completing Officer Candidate School, he served in Europe at Normandy and in the Battle of the Bulge. He attained the rank of captain.

After the war, he became a salesman for L.B. Smith Inc., a heavy-construction equipment dealer.

In 1955, he moved to Fulton in Howard County and became branch manager of the company's Baltimore location.

In 1957, he moved to Ellicott City. Before his 1980 retirement, he was manager of L.B. Smith Inc. of Virginia. His company had operations in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Delaware.

Mr. Nesbit enjoyed music and participated in church activities. He was a donor and subscriber to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and served on Center Stage's board of directors.

He also enjoyed sports; he played football and baseball as a youth and tennis and golf as an adult.

A memorial service was held yesterday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, where he sang in the choir for 12 years and was a vestryman.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Annalee Urich; a son, Robert W. Nesbit Jr. of Chesapeake, Va.; a daughter, Helen M. Bell of Great Falls, Va.; a sister, Pat Meckley of York, Pa; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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