Hilton Head Island, South Carolina — Thomas D. Essler passed away after a brief illness on February 6. Tom was born to Fred and Elsie Essler, and married to wife, Jean, for 61 years. He was predeceased by his son, Richard, in 2013. He is survived by son, David of Bluffton; daughter, Debbie of MA; daughter-in-law, Ruth; as well as grandchildren, Jennifer and Hillary of Bluffton and Steven, John, and Kristen of Lynn, MA. A lifelong pharmacist, Tom was a lover of all things Patriots and Kauai.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date, and in lieu of flowers, donations on his behalf are being accepted at his daughter's group home: L'Arche Irenicon, P.O. Box 1177, Haverhill, MA 01831, Aloha, Nui Loa, Koma. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com.