Sebastian L. “Buck” Esgro, 81, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully Saturday January 18, 2014.
Buck was born in Woodbury, N.J., the son of Bastiano and Louise (Amico) Esgro. He grew up in Glassboro, N.J. and graduated from Glassboro High School in 1952 where he was president of his senior class. Buck attended Delaware Valley School of Agriculture on a sports scholarship. He transferred to Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) where he earned a degree in education. Buck began his teaching career in Gloucester Township N.J. Public Schools. He later taught science at Lenape Regional High School in Medford, N.J. While at Lenape, Buck took graduate courses at Trenton State College to earn certification as a guidance counselor. Upon his retirement from education, Buck moved to Rehoboth Beach.
Buck and his wife Eileen were members of Rehoboth Beach Country Club where they enjoyed playing golf and made many new and wonderful friends, especially Jack Auwerda, who was a faithful friend to the end. Buck was a very social person who made friends easily and loved being around people. Buck and Eileen were also active members of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach.
In addition to his family and many friends, one of Buck’s greatest joys was working with animals. As a younger man, he bred and showed German Shepherd dogs. Later in life, he trained and showed the family’s Arabian horses. Buck was highly skilled as a dog and horse handler and won many championships.
Buck moved to Brandywine Senior Living in Rehoboth Beach in August, 2013, where he enjoyed the camaraderie of the staff and other residents. He was truly happy at Brandywine, often stating, “I could not ask for anything more. They do everything for me.” Buck made many friends there and was admired by the staff.
Buck was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife, Eileen, whom he missed tremendously. After her passing, he was a lost soul. He is survived by his two brothers, Anthony and George and their wives, from Glassboro; his sister-in-law, Virginia Major of Dagsboro; his niece, Dr. Sueann Bennett of Whiting, N.J.; and many other nieces and nephews.
The family extends their sincere gratitude to the staff at Brandywine and Vitas Hospice for their skilled and compassionate care during Buck’s end of life journey. They were truly amazing.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Edmond Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713, or First State Animal Center and SPCA, 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE 19934.
Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes.