Edward Lawrence “Eddie” Esty
Rancho Cordova, Calif. — Edward Lawrence “Eddie” Esty passed away on June 22, at his home in Rancho Cordova, Calif. He passed peacefully with his wife by his side.
Eddie and his nine siblings grew up in Brownsville, Vt, where Eddie spent his childhood collecting memories he would one day share with his children through stories punctuated by his infectious laughter. Driven by a lifelong love of the animal, Eddie spent much of his early adulthood working with horses. In 1965 he transported a team of horses to California and shortly afterward in Oct. 1966 he met Susan (nee Lourenco), the girl who would become his bride. The two enjoyed 46 years of marriage, which took them briefly back to New England before returning again to California. They raised three children, Scott Edward, Rebecca Lyn, and Laura Lee in Susie’s hometown of Ferndale, Calif., where Eddie made many friends with his gregarious nature.
In 2001, Eddie and Susie returned to the Sacramento area, bringing their love story full circle. In 2008, upon the birth of his only granddaughter, Isabelle Gina Burke, Eddie became her primary caregiver – a job he performed proudly and lovingly for three years. Eddie was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and Susie retired to care for him. He enjoyed the active life Susie encouraged him to lead, including meandering drives through the rural areas surrounding Sacramento.
Eddie was the third child of Harold Esty and Ruth (nee Holbrook), both of whom preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by siblings Henry, Bill, and Susan. He is survived by his wife Susan; children Scott, Rebecca, and Laura and their spouses Juana Esty, Jason Burke, and Lucas Littlefield; his granddaughter Isabelle; and siblings Nancy Mosher, Richard Esty, Gerald Esty, Ruth Smith, Wendell Esty, and David Esty, their spouses and many nieces and nephews.
In his final days, Eddie and his family received exceptional care from Green Valley Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eddie’s name to Green Valley Hospice Charitable Foundation, 3009 Douglas Blvd, Ste 160 Roseville, CA 95661.