James (Jim) A. Nesbitt, Sr. went home to be with his Lord and the loved ones that preceded him in death on March 17, 2021. He died at Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice after a four-year battle with MSA.
Son of John T. Nesbitt, Sr. and Marguerite Anderson Nesbitt, Jim was the youngest of two sons. Jim’s caring manner came to him early in life as he became protector and guardian to his handicapped older brother Jack. A position he honored until his brother’s death at the age of 71.
A native of Georgia, Jim’s relaxed nature and charming personality drew everyone in and made them instantly comfortable. Throughout his early career he held positions as a Family Counselor, and a College Instructor where he taught Psychology and Women’s Health. As he built his own educational resume, later in life it was easy to understand how he was a natural at his chosen career path of Educational Counseling and Higher Education Administration. He found his place and passion in working with young adults where he served as a Director of Enrollment services, Dean of University Admissions and Vice President of Enrollment Management at various Colleges and Universities. He held an Associate degree in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Economics, a Master of Education degree in Counseling and, completed all coursework for his Doctorate in Educational Psychology.
Jim’s love of relationships and people have kept him in touch with life-long friends that he has known and cherished since childhood. Jim was passionate about his career, loved boating, adored traveling and golf. But, above all else Jim has loved his relationship with God and his church. Second only to God was his love for his family. His loving wife, Elsie, his children and their spouses, James Nesbitt, Jr. and wife Heather, Barbara Nesbitt, Amy Nesbitt – Copeland and husband Steve and his grandchildren; Madeline, Wesley, Blake, Dylan and wife Victoria, Abby and Jacob.
All will gather to celebrate his life on Monday, March 29th at 10AM in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 9751 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 – 239-992-3233.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial gifts to be sent to First Presbyterian Church to benefit its Mentorship Programs.