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John Wesley Nestor

March 25, 1936 — June 4, 2019

John ("Jack") Wesley Nestor Jr, 83, passed away in Concord, Massachusetts on June 2, 2019.

Jack was born on March 25, 1936 in Wilmington, Delaware to the late John W. Nestor Sr. and Marian Chaney Nestor. He attended the Wilmington Friends School and went on to obtain a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1959 and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1964. Jack married Martha Martin in February 1968 and they moved to the woods of Carlisle, Massachusetts, where they had their three children.

In 1977, the family moved to Concord. There, Jack maintained an 1815 house and barn, tinkered with his orange Corvette, built treehouses and brush bonfires with his children, and scared the local children playing a ghost in the cellar of the "Haunted Barn" tour, held at the Nestors' barn for many years on Halloween.

Jack spent the majority of his professional career as a Research Senior Manager at Polaroid Corporation. He was a member of the Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, the National Chemistry Honor Society, Phi Lambda Upsilon, and the Scientific Research Honor Society, Sigma Xi. Jack loved basketball, golf and skiing, the third of which he generously passed on to his children.

His later years were spent residing at Newbury Court in Concord, with a view of a golf course from his balcony.

Jack is survived by his former wife, Martha Nestor of Concord, MA; Camilla Nestor and Will Hong of Newburgh, NY, John W. Nestor III and Erin Roland of Burlington, VT and Sarah Nestor Welch and Michael Welch of Kittery, ME; and his grandchildren Felix and Walker Nestor of Burlington, VT and Sargent and Miles Welch of Kittery, ME.

A private memorial service will be held in Concord.

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