Arthur Deane Nesbitt

Arthur Deane Nesbitt, businessman (b at Montreal 16 Nov 1910; d there 22 Feb 1978). Educated as an engineer at McGill, where he first took up flying, Nesbitt joined the RCAF in 1939 and fought with distinction (winning the DFC) in No 1 Fighter Squadron 1940-41. He subsequently commanded No 111 Squadron in the Aleutian campaign 1941-42 and No 114 Spitfire Wing and No 143 Typhoon Wing in the North-West Europe campaign 1944-45. He retired in 1945 as a group captain. Nesbitt was president and latterly also chairman of Nesbitt, Thomson, the investment dealership begun by his father, 1952-77, playing a significant role in the underwriting of a host of Canadian companies. His dynamic part in the birth of TransCanada Pipelines is celebrated in William Kilbourn's Pipe Line (1970); he served on the board of TCPL for many years, and on those of other major concerns as well. An active athlete throughout his life, he died shortly after a skiing accident left him almost completely paralyzed.