Memorials

Memorials are a special way to honor the special bond that many of our members have shared with their Springers and with ESRA. Families often encourage gifts to ESRA in their loved one's memory. The family will be notified of each contribution as marked on the donation form.

Janice Fuqua

December 30, 1950 – October 19, 2019

On October 19, 2019, ESRA lost a friend, adopter, and helper; Janice Fuqua passed away after a brief battle with lung disease. She was a true friend and Springer lover. She and her husband, Danny, adopted a bonded pair from ESRA in 2012 and started to spread the word about ESRA’s good works.

Janice and her husband loved Maddie Rose and Millie Mae. Janice said she felt very lucky that the last 7 years of her life had been made special by her rescued English Springer Spaniels. When Maddie became ill last year and passed away, Janice started watching for Springers in need and letting us know where they were and what they needed. She said she had to do that for Maddie and ESRA. In August, she and her son, Scott, helped ESRA rehome Banx, an elderly gent who was not happy with his younger ESS brothers.

One of her last requests to her husband and son was that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to ESRA.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

You may make a gift to ESRA in Janice's memory using our
online donation form.

William “Bill” Timmons

October 7, 1964 – August 31, 2019

ESRA has lost another friend and long-time volunteer – Bill Timmons of Ft. Pierce, FL.

Bill fostered many a Springer for ESRA and was well known for his love for the breed and his cross-country treks to partake in transports and ESRA events. Through his travels, he had met many members and friends of this rescue. In fact, Bill so enjoyed traveling with his canine companions, that he began a business years ago transporting pets anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States. His business, Pet48 Pet Movers, assisted many people’s pets, and his willingness to transport Springers just about anywhere was something that many rescue volunteers came to rely on.

A friend of Bill’s, and fellow ESRA volunteer, Charlene Brannon, tells us that “Bill will be missed not only as a volunteer for ESRA but as a truly great friend. Volunteers as well as members knew that any dog that could not be placed would be welcome at Bill’s home. He took in the ones no one wanted. The blind, deaf, elderly, and unsocialized. When he would get the call, he was always there for these dogs. Bill would give them a home and quality of life up until the end (of their lives) when they were ready to journey to the Rainbow Bridge. We all, in this organization, have lost a very true friend”.

We extend our condolences to Bill’s family and friends and want them to know that Bill’s legacy will live on in the memories that he has made with so many of us.

In celebration of Bill’s life, his family requests that donations be made to English Springer Rescue America, Inc. in his name.

You may make a gift to ESRA in Bill's memory using our
online donation form.

Terry Alan Sprague

October 6, 1947 – August 28, 2019

Terry Sprague and his wife, Belle, adopted their first Springer, Charlie (in photo) from ESRA in 2003. They soon became members and active volunteers, helping to organize and participate in many fundraisers. They attended three ESSFTA National Specialty events, where they helped with the ESRA booths and auction dinners. Terry’s favorite fundraising activity was his nine-year role as Santa Claus for the annual ESRA photo shoot at the local PetSmart. He was so dedicated to this effort that he bought his own Santa suit after the first year!

Terry became an ESRA co-coordinator for Southern California and Nevada in 2009. He enjoyed visiting the homes of prospective adopters, taking dogs into the program from shelters as well as through owner surrenders, and working with local vets to get the best care at the best price for new ESRA dogs. He especially loved transporting dogs across the greater Los Angeles area and through Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Terry put hundreds of miles on his car each month, and he never tired of all that driving. He always found and celebrated the best qualities in every dog he met. Each one was good, friendly, beautiful, and special in Terry’s eyes.

Donations to English Springer Rescue America would be an appropriate way to honor Terry’s work and keep his memory alive.

You may make a gift to ESRA in Terry's memory using our
online donation form.

Michael R. Doran

9/30/49 – 8/21/19

ESRA members often refer to one another as rescue “family”. When one of our own leaves this world, we often come together not only to grieve, but to celebrate the life of a special friend.

Mike and his wife, Deborah, have been long-time volunteers for ESRA. As residents of Hartsville, SC, they have provided a safe haven and nurturing to many special Springers who have come under their care in the past several years. They often took on challenging rescue cases, and had a special place in their hearts and home for the seniors. Mike adored his Springer, Lucy. He and Debbie also made their home the permanent residence for a very shy Springer, Tanner, from Alabama. Often putting their lives aside to assist when ESRA was desperate for help, the kind hearts of Mike and Debbie have always been quick to respond.

Retired from retail distribution that took Mike and Debbie to many parts of the Country, they made many friendships and touched lives along the way. Mike continued to stay active in his retirement and enjoyed running and volunteering, not only for ESRA, but for Kalmia Botanical Gardens of Coker College in Hartsville.

Mike’s friendly and outgoing nature will be missed by all who loved him or called him a friend. He will be missed, especially, by this organization, and we extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and extended family.

You may make a gift to ESRA in Mike's memory using our
online donation form.

Susan Krebs

1955 – 2018

SusanESRA has recently had to say goodbye to another dear friend. Ms. Susan Krebs passed away at the end of 2018.

A longtime volunteer for ESRA, Susan Krebs fostered many Springers and frequently assisted on transports to get dogs into the rescue’s loving care. She was a great lover of dogs and horses, and she possessed the gift of conversing with others. A teacher at New Hampstead High School in Bloomindale, Georgia, she is recalled fondly by so many of her students. She obviously touched many lives.

A memorial service to honor Ms. Krebs was held on January 19, 2019, in Summerfield, Florida.

Prior to her passing, Susan requested that donations be made to English Springer Rescue America, Inc. in her memory.

You may make a gift to ESRA in Susan's memory using our
online donation form.

Timothy S. Culver

1955 – 2018

We share in the family's sadness at the passing of their loved one, Tim Culver. A special man with a kind heart and a quick wit, Mr. Culver lost his battle with cancer this July.

Tim had a fondness for Springer Spaniels and adopted several wonderful dogs from our rescue. His first was around the year 2000, with his adoption of Tucker from Dallas, Texas. Tucker had been given up by his elderly owner because he was too rambunctious. ESRA volunteer Kate Kyer assisted in placing Tucker with Tim. Tim and Tucker would play "roughhouse" almost every evening. Tucker passed away in 2011, and the Culvers' home felt empty without a dog. Another Dallas volunteer, Beth Maryan, helped find the perfect rescued Springer, Sparky, for the family in December of that year. Tim took Sparky on golf cart rides in the evenings. The neighbors adore Sparky, and he loves having people come to visit him. Tim donated to many of ESRA's Special Needs Springers throughout the years, including ESRA's Special Needs ambassador, Clayton.

In honor of Tim and his love for Springers, the family is requesting that donations be made to English Springer Rescue America, Inc.

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