Edward D. Nestor, 88, formerly of Norristown, a retired pharmaceutical company executive and decorated Army veteran, died May 9 of heart failure at Greycliff at Cape Ann Convalescent Center in Gloucester, Mass.
A native of Belmont, Mass., Mr. Nestor earned a bachelor's degree in 1940 from Harvard University, where he was a classmate of John F. Kennedy's.
During World War II, he served with the Army's First Infantry Division, nicknamed the "Big Red One," in North Africa and Sicily and landed in Normandy on D-Day. Mr. Nestor was wounded in France and received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
While recuperating in a California military hospital, he met Army nurse Helen Cassiani. They married in November 1945. He returned to France with his wife for the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994.
After his discharge, he earned a master's degree in business from Harvard. He was recalled to duty during the Korean War and served in Germany, then remained in the Army Reserve.
Mr. Nestor joined the payroll department of Merck & Co. in West Point, Pa., in the late 1950s and later moved to advertising and marketing. In 1970, he retired from Merck and retired from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.
He and his wife restored an 18th-century farmhouse and barn in Norristown. For many years he was often the lone Democratic poll watcher in his overwhelmingly Republican division in Norristown and "relished his position," his son Mark said.
After his wife died in 2002, Mr. Nestor moved to Frederick Mennonite Retirement Community in Frederick, Pa. He had lived in Gloucester since December.
In addition to his son, Mr. Nestor is survived by another son, Peter; a daughter, Sarah; and four grandchildren.