West and Rhode Riverkeeper

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promote restoration, and to advocate for better environmental policy.
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In Memory of Nicholas Schlegel, Jr.

Nick SchlegelNicholas George Schlegel, Jr. passed away suddenly at his West River home on January 7th 2018. He was 72 years old. Nick was born in Washington, DC on May 30th, 1945 to Nicholas George Sr. and Elsie (Hartge) Schlegel of Chalk Point. He was a graduate of Southern High School, Class of 1963. Nicholas studied engineering at University of Virginia before joining the family business, Hartge Yacht Yard, from 1965 until his passing. Nicholas married his wife, Nancy (Stewart), on May 30th 1981. Together they raised three sons; Nicholas III (Skipper), Erik, and Max. He is also survived by his sister, Elsie Whitman, brother, Emile (Alex), daughter-in-law Michelle, and two grandchildren, Ryan and Nicole. Nick's life revolved around the water. Growing up on West River, his childhood was spent sailing and racing on the bay with siblings, cousins, and friends. Nicholas would go on to compete in the Newport Bermuda races; racing day and night the length of the Atlantic coast. He would later race Chesapeake 20s at regattas on both sides of the bay with his wife and sons as crew. Later in life, Nick would regularly compete in the Wednesday night races with his sister on M'Luv, the Tartan 27 that once belonged to their parents. Nicholas will have a family service at Christ Church of West River (220 Owensville Rd West River, MD 20778) on January 27th at 2pm. A public Memorial/celebration of life will be held on April 7th at the West River Sailing Club in Galesville at 4:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the West/Rhode Riverkeeper, PO Box 172, Shady Side, MD 20764, or call Riverkeeper Jeff Holland at 443-758-7797 to make a donation by credit card. Thank you to all who have helped and supported the Schlegel family through this difficult time.