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Ellsworth Estell

Ellsworth H ""Herb"" Estell

Monday, September 2nd, 1935 - Monday, July 6th, 2020
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Franklin: Ellsworth “Herb” Estell, 84, passed away on Monday July 6, 2020 at Newton Medical Center, Newton, NJ. Herb was born on September 2, 1935 to Ellsworth R. and Esther (Moyse) Estell in Franklin and was a lifelong resident of Davis Road, Franklin.

Herb worked the family farm until 1966 when he started his career as a Union stone mason with the BAC Local 4 Paterson, NJ until his retirement in 1995. Herb was a past president of the Franklin Revolver and Rifle Association, feeding his passion for shooting. He shot competitively all over the US and Canada, winning many awards and trophies. He was also selected as an alternate on the 1964 Olympic Shooting team which he declined as the birth of his first child would coincide. Herb loved walking in the woods, whether it be on the family farm or upstate NY where he would hunt every year. He would love to pull alongside a river during a Sunday drive and break out the fishing pole just to see "how the fish are bitin". Ever the outdoorsman, in 1971, he even authored articles for the TRI STATE FREE PRESS, a Sportsman's column about outdoors survival skills entitled "Something Wild" to share his love of all things nature and to help teach his dedication to preservation and appreciation to others. Herb's storytelling skills were profound with his passion being history. He had a way of bringing the past to life in his stories and endless facts about any given time period. If he wasnt reading or talking about history, he was watching it on television or movies, as war and the westerns were two of his favorites.

Herb is survived by his wife of 58 years, Genie (Drew) Estell, and his children, Dawn (Estell) Iaderosa of Franklin, Charles Estell and his wife Nancy of Waldwick, NJ, Robert Estell and his wife Kara of Branchville, NJ his grandchildren, Allison and Nicole of Waldwick NJ, Kaitlin and Eric of Branchville NJ and Philip of Fairlawn NJ; one great grandson, Noah of Fairlawn NJ , his sister, Linda Amato of Franklin NJ.

Donations are being accepted in Herb's name by the Wallkill Valley Rescue Squad.

Details of a memorial will be posted at a later date.
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The Smith and Cole families - Mari, Bruce, and Julie

Posted at 06:21pm
Remembering Uncle Herbie with all our love
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Dawn Iaderosa Posted at 12:49pm

Thank you, what a beautiful tribute to him

Dawn Iaderosa

Posted at 12:35pm
Sadly, last night I had to do the hardest thing Ive ever had to...I kissed my Dad for the last time and told him it was ok to go. My Dad, my hero, my champion, my "Superman" as I called him as a kid, passed peacefully early this morning. There was nothing my dad didnt know or couldnt do (in my eyes). He was an amazing man, father and friend. He was always in my corner, no matter what, his love knew no bounds. I have cared for him the past few years during his long battle, no matter what he was experiencing, he always had a smile and a great outlook. It has been my honor and a pleasure to help take care of him. Daddy, you will be missed more than I can imagine. Im a lucky lucky girl to have had you as my Dad. The world will be alittle colder without the warmth of your smile to greet me each morning. I love you and Ill miss you everyday

Chuck Estell

Posted at 09:12pm
You think you are prepared and then you realize you’re never ready to say goodbye to the man that was your first role model, your first superhero, the one that molded you into the person you are more than anyone else. Thank you for never letting me win at checkers-you taught me the value of earning my win. Thank you for showing us every day that hard work builds character and confidence. Thank you for the Sunday drives along the Hudson as a family because we’d appreciate it one day, even if it wasn’t appreciated THAT day. Thank you for teaching us the value of feeding the soul even when you couldn’t afford to. Thank you for being at the dinner table every night and being a part of some our biggest laughs. And thank you for showing me how to take all these values and make good use of them as a dad. And don’t even get me started on what a great Pop Pop you were for the kids. There is a long line of people with a hole on their heart today. We will go on but we’ll never be the same. Love you dad.

Ally Estell

Posted at 09:05pm
Yesterday I had to do one of the hardest things I've had to do. I had to hug & kiss my pop pop goodbye & tell him that I loved him for the last time. I'm so lucky that I got to say goodbye & hold your hand. Early this morning the world had to say goodbye to one of the best people I know. A man who always had a story to tell, always helped when he could, & always laughed his infectious laugh. The guy who told me not to step on a bee, watched my evil self step on it, & still helped me. The guy who taught me how to shoot a gun. The one who came every christmas morning to watch us open presents, who came to sports events even though it wasn't close, & who purely just always had a smile on his face. There are so many people who will miss you, and this little rascal is one. I love you pop pop, "I always have".

Nancy Estell

Posted at 08:39pm
Today I gained a new guardian angel. My father in law, herbie, Popop, gpa, dad... whatever I called him I knew I could count on him for unconditional love and help with anything... once he even made me a curved sidewalk (instead of straight) even though it was one of his most disliked mason tasks.
Always there for my girls... whether it be going to Disney (alla princess) or for prom pics and graduation he always had a smile and his infectious chuckle and a peppermint patty.
I can think of no better grandpa (and stand-in for my dad) for my kids. And for his greatest gift, raising the son that is my best friend and showing him how to be the best husband and father.
I thank you, Popop, with all my heart. I will miss you dearly. Give my mom and dad a hug for me. Xoxo (ps I actually would give anything to watch a cowboy movie with you right now or hear about the civil war)

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