Robert Reeser Shortall, a longtime Eastern Shore restaurant manager, died July 7 of cancer at Talbot Hospice House in Easton. The Royal Oak resident was 52.
Mr. Shortall was born in Easton and raised in St. Michaels, where he graduated from St. Michaels High School in 1973.
He was 14 when he began his career clearing tables at the Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels. Other than a brief stint as a carpenter, he spent 38 years at the Crab Claw, where he was general manager at his death.
Mr. Shortall was a member of the Bay Hundred Ducks Unlimited, Easton Moose Lodge 1520 and the Miles River Yacht Club.
"Robbie was known for his generosity and giving spirit," said Lee Ann Shortall, a sister-in-law. "He had the innate talent of making everyone he met and knew feel special."
Mr. Shortall enjoyed playing poker.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton.
Surviving are his wife of 18 years, the former Sharon Ross; a daughter, Katelyn Shortall of Royal Oak; two brothers, John Shortall of Still Pond and Billy Shortall of St. Michaels; and many nieces and nephews.