George L. Hester Jr., 62, Md. real estate official

May 24, 2004

George Louis Hester Jr., a retired real estate worker for the state and a consultant, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Sparks resident was 62.

He worked for more than 25 years at the Maryland Office of Real Estate, providing relocation assistance. He retired in 1997.

He then worked as a real estate consultant for Diversified Property Services in Timonium until this spring.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Hester was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Maryland.

He married Debbie Hampson in 1973.

He loved tractors and he sometimes drove for miles to mow property for friends, said his daughter Jennifer Lamborne of Denver. He also took his nieces and nephews for hayrides in a wagon attached to his tractor, she said.

Mr. Hester also enjoyed building cabinets and furniture. He helped others with home-improvement projects such as the construction of decks. He played tennis and fished.

He was active in the Wiltondale Community Association when his family lived in Towson during the 1970s and 1980s.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road in Timonium.

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include a son, Eric Hester of Denver; another daughter, Jill Lease of Towson; a brother, Bill Hester of Towson; two sisters, Peggy Johannessen of Phippsburg, Maine, and Mary Lamey of Kennebunkport, Maine; and two grandchildren.

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