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Jeffrey Bruce Esdale

Jeffrey Bruce Esdale, age 39, of Newark, DE, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ.

Blessed with a vibrant, loving personality, Jeff was determined to live life to the fullest despite any obstacles that came his way. He loved his family, particularly his wife and four boys. He worked hard at anything he pursued whether it was carpentry, plumbing or welding. He was a true Philly fanatic and had been an accomplished athlete in his playing days. Jeff was fiercely loyal to his family and friends. He loved being surrounded by them and often organized family functions.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Danielle and four sons, Malacchi, Isaiah, Noah and Nikolas; mother, Donna Papanicolas (Akillas); father, Bruce Esdale (Anne); brothers, Jason Esdale (Janie) and Kostas Papanicolas (Katelyn May); sisters, Elenie Lochonic (Brion), Leisa Johnson (Robert) and Lyndsey Crompton (Jeff); aunts, Bonni McClane (Chip), Nadine Manne (Ralph) and Gwen Esdale; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

The Esdale-Papanicolas family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the many family and friends for their expressions of love and sympathy during our time of sadness.

A memorial service to celebrate Jeff’s life will be held at 3 pm on Sunday afternoon, July 31, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home of Newark, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Interment will be private.

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  1. Ibe Lyles, July 28, 2016

    He was like a brother to me. We’ve been friends since the second grade.

  2. Candy and Phil Knox, July 28, 2016

    Our condolences for the loss of your son Jeff.
    Our hearts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

  3. Michelle Herron, July 28, 2016

    Dear Donna and family, Sending my deepest sympathy. Such a hard time to get through. So sorry. Michelle

  4. Yesica Contreras, July 28, 2016

    My condolences, knew him a short time but our time was well spent. Love you Danielle ….I know he will be on of Gods favorite angles.

  5. Betty Sharp, July 28, 2016

    So very sorry for your loss
    My God hold you and your family in his arms and comfort you at this most difficult time

    • Donna, August 5, 2016

      thank you Betty

  6. Jo-Ann Tousignant, July 28, 2016

    Dear Bruce, Anne and all the family. Gary and I wish to express our deepest heartfelt sympathy. It has been a long time since I have seen Jeff. I believe it was at Leisa’s wedding, but I will always remember him best as that cute little 5 year old boy I met all those years ago. He caught my heart then and my heart is broken now. May God give you all strength and a peace He alone can give. All our love, Jo-Ann and Gary

  7. Ray A Blackwell, July 28, 2016

    Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss.

  8. Laura Shorter, July 29, 2016

    Bruce and Family, words cannot express the sorry you are feeling. Our deepest sympathy.

  9. Anna Kirk, July 29, 2016

    Donna ,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of your son. My prayers and thoughts are with you and family.

  10. Patrick & Anne Marie Matic, July 29, 2016

    Donna & Akillas, we were so sorry to learn of your son’s passing. What a tragedy. Please accept our sincere condolences. Fondly, Patrick & Anne Marie

  11. Carole Barker, July 29, 2016


    Sorry to hear about your son. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  12. John Terrence Burns, July 29, 2016

    Bruce, I am so sorry for your loss and pain. You and I grew up together in the FLATS.. My dad Jim Burns and your dad were friends…Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Johnny Burns

  13. Artise Williams, July 29, 2016

    My condolences to the entire family, Jeff was a great friend I’ve known him since elementary school. He will truly be missed by many.

  14. Lovenie Anderson, July 30, 2016

    My condolences to the families, may the dear lord give you strength in this time of sadness

  15. Paula Cooper, July 31, 2016

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May God grant you strength and serenity during your difficult time.

  16. Nikky Jackson-Mabin, July 31, 2016

    My deepest and sincerest condolences to the family of Jeff. I havenet seen him in quite a number of years but i remember him being a funny and friendly guy who always had a smile on his face. I pray that his memories will bring you comfort during your time of bereavement.

  17. Angela Herman, July 31, 2016

    My heart is broken for all of you. I am so sorry for your loss. Pleaase know you are in my thoughts and prayers and i am so sorry i could not attend the service.

  18. Mr. Hellaware Stephen M Coppock, July 31, 2016

    Jeff will be missed by so many people! He was such a good hearted person even though he battled throughout his whole life! I love that dude like he was my brother from another! Jeff you are now God’s angel and please keep your family safe from up above! I love and miss you my brother!!

    Steve C


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