City Plans Memorial For Rosemary Nesbitt

OSWEGO, NY – At Monday night’s Common Council meeting, Mercedes Niess, director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum, thanked the aldermen for the recognition the city bestowed on the late Rosemary Nesbitt.

It’s been a tough week with Mrs. Nesbitt taking ill and passing away, Niess told the councilors.

<p>Mrs. Rosemary Nesbitt.</p>
Mrs. Rosemary Nesbitt.

The 84-year-old Distinguished Teaching professor at SUNY Oswego and city historian, passed away on Aug. 2. She was also the founder and immediate past director of the Marine Museum.

“I would like to thank the city for everything that you did for Rosemary Nesbitt,” Niess said, her voice cracking with emotion.

She helped the family with the arrangements.

They knew Mrs. Nesbitt was very involved in the community. “But I don’t think they really knew the extent of the love of this community had for her,” Niess added. “So, when we saw all the flags at half-staff and the police officers at every intersection, with their heads bowed, it was an amazing tribute to a wonderful person. So, thank you very much.”

She invited the council to a memorial celebration in honor of Mrs. Nesbitt’s life to be held this Friday in Breitbeck Park at 7 p.m.

There will be some speakers, but anyone will be able to share their remembrances about Mrs. Nesbitt, she noted.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the H. Lee White Marine Museum, West First Street Pier, Oswego; St. Mary’s Restoration Fund, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego; or the United Way of Greater Oswego County, 1 S. First St., Fulton.