, Salem, MA

July 8, 2013

Richard J. Essler, 49

Beverly, formerly of Lynn — Richard J. “Dick” Essler, 49, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2013, in the Lahey Clinic, Burlington, following a brief illness.

Born in Beverly on February 22, 1964, he was the son of Thomas and Jean (Hook) Essler of South Carolina. He was raised and educated in Beverly and graduated from the Essex Agricultural School in Danvers in 1982.

He served our country with the U.S. Coast Guard. Dick had been employed with the Ira Group in Danvers for over five years. Dick enjoyed the outdoors, and especially loved fishing and camping with his family.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his former wife, Cynthia (Allen) Essler; his children, Steven, John and Kristen Essler, all of Lynn; his brother, David and his wife, Ruth Essler of South Carolina; and his sister, Deborah Essler of Bradford; his nieces, Jennifer and Hillary Essler; and his friend, JoAnn Spiller of California.

ARRANGEMENTS: Dick’s family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., at C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers. All other services are private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Dick’s name to the American Cancer Society, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA, 01701.