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Obituary: Roy G. Nester

Roy G. Nester, a 53-year resident of Port Washington, died on Oct. 2, 2011 in Port Washington at the age of 90. Predeceased in 2005 by his wife of 60, Eleanor, he leaves behind his son John Nester (Marie), formerly of Glen Cove, who now resides in Lighthouse Point, FL, his daughters, Linda Cronin (Denis) of Manhasset and Carol DiConza (Peter) of Port Washington, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sister Ruth Cox (Ken), the last of 14 children born to John and Bessie Nester of West Virginia, and 65 nieces and nephews.

Roy Nester’s childhood was spent on a small rented farm in the coal mining hills of Indian Creek, WV, in a log house with no running water or electricity. He was fortunate enough to qualify to attend high school (the first and only of his siblings to do so) and worked on the farm before school and as a janitor after school. After graduating in 1940, he secured a job as a clerk in the local coal mine company store and a second job selling explosives to miners. In 1942, Roy joined the U.S. Army and was trained as a radar specialist. While stationed in Montauk, he met Eleanor Marquardt at the USO in Flushing and they married in 1943. After the war he was honorably discharged from the Army and began his very successful career in shipping as a clerk for Behring Shipping Company in New York City. After nine years of night school taking transportation, insurance, export packing, ship chartering, business law and accounting courses, he became the company’s general manager. He later became sole owner of the greatly expanded shipping company and its successor, Royalnest Corp.

Roy Nester shared his success and business knowledge with many local organizations and institutions. He served on the council of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Port Washington for many years, was an associate trustee of North Shore University Hospital, and was a longtime member of the North Hempstead Country Club and the Sands Point Golf Club. Sister Jean at St. Francis Hospital and the Port Washington Volunteer Fire Department would often call with requests, which were always generously granted. Roy and Eleanor started a charitable foundation which supports numerous scholarship programs, something of which he was most proud.

Roy Nester is remembered as a loving husband and father, good friend, kind and generous neighbor, a soft-spoken Southern gentleman with a fervent patriotic spirit who enjoyed country music and backyard barbecues. He traveled the world for business but always loved coming home to family, friends and community.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Roy Nester’s memory may be made to the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 12 Franklin Ave., Port Washington, New York 11050.