Donald Esarove

  • Died: December 23, 2018
  • Location: Westlake, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
Tel. (440) 842-7800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald Esarove, age 85. Loving husband of 59 years to Anne (nee Stiles); dear father of Brad (Kelly), and Elizabeth Anderson (Brian); grandfather of Katie, Meghan, and Brock Esarove and the late Brittany Anderson; brother of the late Arthur; and uncle of Mark Rieck. Donald was the president and owner of North Coast Industries and owner of Riley Gear and M.P.I. He was the proud founder of NEOIBN from which he was given the Keys to the City of Cleveland in 2016. Past Commodore of the CYC and active member of Rocky River U.M.C. Donald was passionate about family, business, and sailing on Sloopy.

Memorials may be forwarded to Rocky River United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Av​​e., Cleveland, Ohio 44110.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 1 PM at Rocky River United Methodist Church 19414 Detroit Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116.

Condolence & Memory Journal

A wonderful spirit who added greatly to the energies of Northeast Ohio and a longtime friend. Rest in peace Don

Posted by William Harwood - Shaker Heights, OH   June 25, 2019

I am very sad to learn of Don's passing. Don was a kind and wonderful man. I valued his friendship and support. I will miss him. God Bless him and his family. Warm Regards, Jon Husted

Posted by Jon Husted - Columbus, OH - Friend   February 13, 2019

To the family,
A wonderful, kind and caring man, Don will be missed by all who knew him. Words cannot express my heartfelt sympathy to you for your loss. Anne, my deepest condolences and a hug. May happy memories bring you comfort and peace.
Elaine Robinson

Posted by Elaine Robinson - Strongsville, OH - friend   January 07, 2019

Don......kind neighbor, fellow member of RRUMC, long, long colleague at Tuesday morning prayer. How we will miss you in our midst. I pray the Good Lord will grant me a place in your presence in the life to come. May God abide with Anne, Brad, and Elizabeth and their families in these lonely days that lie ahead. Grace and Peace. Dick and Mary Lou Sanders

Posted by Richard Sanders - Westlake, OH - Friend   January 05, 2019

Please accept my sincerest condolences family of Mr. Esagrove. Death is not a easy experience but may God comfort you at this time and give you what you need to get through this. (1 Thessalonians 4:14)

Posted by S.W - Cleveland, OH   January 02, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Don was a hell of a sailor and ALWAYS made every CYC Regatta for decades. I first meet him when he had his Ensign. Nothing but great memories of Don and sailing out of CYC.

Posted by Thomas Sessions - Lakewood, OH - Friend   December 31, 2018

Don was truly one of kind, a man that I respected. He was a generous person whose guidance and advice was intelligent and insightful. I will remember him fondly and appreciate the time I spent with him.
- Im sure he will be watching the crew from heaven guiding them to victory.
Prayers and thoughts to the Esarove family.

Posted by Matt Gidenswager - Strongsville, OH   December 30, 2018

Don was a real gentleman, who will be missed by all lucky enough to have known him.
Bill Odell

Posted by Bill Odell - Lakewood, OH - Family Friend   December 28, 2018


Praying for comfort.

Posted by Traci Woodard - Canal Winchester, OH - Friend   December 28, 2018

Don was the dot on the i and the cross on the t for many projects that only came to fruition with his generous interest and contribution. He is and will be missed.

Stephen Kidder

Posted by Stephen Kidder - Shaker Heights, OH   December 28, 2018

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband and father. May your fond memories and the peace that God gives comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. Phillipians 4:6,7,13

Posted by TB - Cleveland, OH   December 27, 2018

I first really got to know Don when we were members of a Board of Directors. He was always thoughtful and caring in everything he did. Don was a good friend and provided assistance and support when needed.
I will sorely miss you, Don. Thanks for being you and a part of my life.
Bob Hisrich

Posted by Bob Hisrich - Chagrin Falls, OH   December 27, 2018

Dear Anne,

We are sincerely saddened by your loss. We have many fond memories of racing against Sloopy at CYC Yacht Club. Don was a truly lovely man and will be missed.

Bill and Stephanie Bishop

Posted by A friend   December 27, 2018

I enjoyed working with Donald for years. I learned a lot from him and will miss him. My best to Don's family.


Jim Moroney
Former CFO of Riley Gear

Posted by Jim Moroney - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL   December 27, 2018


Dear Anne and family,
Our sincere condolences go out to all of you. Don was a very special man he was genuinely kind to our entire family and we will forever be greatful! He had a heart of gold and a smile that could light a room! We will never forget him! I know he will be greatly missed by many! RIP, Don ❤

Posted by Susan (& Randy) Damrow - Riley Gear Corp, FL   December 26, 2018

My sincere condolences to your family. May God give you comfort during your time of sadness.

Posted by A friend   December 26, 2018

Sail on with our love and peace Mr. Esarove you leave an amazing family in your wake.

Posted by Sharon Gavala - Strongsville, OH - Family Friend   December 26, 2018

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