Frank Thomas Eskra, 71

Frank Thomas Eskra, 71, of Frankford, Del., and formerly of Hanover, Pa., and Manchester, Md., passed away from complications of heart disease on Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 2019. He was born on July 20, 1947 in Baltimore, Md.

As a teenager, Eskra worked at Bata Shoe Company, and he went into the Air National Guard after graduating high school. After attending the University of Maryland, he was employed by Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent Technologies, and retired after 34 years.

Eskra was a very loving, supportive husband and devoted father. He was proud of his Czechoslovakian heritage. He loved spending time with his family — especially sitting by the water and eating crabs. He enjoyed golfing, the beach, boating, fishing, traveling, watching the Ravens and yelling “Bingo!” and was passionate about his guitars and music. Eskra enjoyed farming as a hobby in his younger years.

Every morning, he enjoyed eating his Cheerios while reading the newspaper. He was known for his chatty personality and his favorite sayings were “At least one good thing,” “This is going to be a pork pull,” among many other less-appropriate phrases. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Eskra is survived by his best friend and wife of 42 years, Debbie Graf Eskra; their daughter, the light of his life, Christine; his wife’s family, Pat and John, Bonnie, Joe and Megan, Johnny, Denise, Amanda “Cheese,” Averie and “Jack”; extended family in the Czech Republic and Slovakia; and close longtime friends Irene Sifel, Anne Lombardo, and George and Barb Titanish.

A private celebration of Eskra’s life is to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to HOPE; P.O. Box 175; Shrewsbury, PA 17361, or to the Worcester County Humane Society; 12330 Eagles Nest Rd.; Berlin, MD 21811. Arrangements were by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Clarksville Chapel, Ocean View, Del. Condolences may be sent online at