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.
William "Bill" Farrell
March 13, 1937 – January 28, 2020
Sadly, we share that another very special friend and volunteer of English Springer Rescue America, William “Bill” Farrell of Littleton, Colorado, has recently passed.
Bill and his wife, Sally, have been involved with ESRA for many years, and have been known by many long-time ESRA members and friends by their fostering and adopting of a very special Springer named Lucky Willie Butler in 2006.
Lucky’s story was one of unthinkable neglect and abuse. While Bill and Sally awaited their first foster, they came to know of this poor sweet soul who was found bound in a blue blanket, in the thick of a forest and covered with heavy logs to keep him from moving. He was found, miraculously by the grace of God, starved at only 22 pounds, by a hiker who could barely hear his cries.
The rest of the story is history, as Bill and Sally fell in love with Lucky and formed an incredible bond with him. Bill often wrote of their experiences together and enjoyed sharing their adventures with people all across the globe. They shared 6 very special years together until Lucky’s passing in 2012.
The kindest of men, Bill gave back to the community first by teaching, then later, by building a career with IBM that even lead him to working with the US Government and NATO. He later began a career in consulting in the early 1990’s, assisting companies small and large with strategic planning, executive management, and in some cases, acting in the role of CEO. During that time, he was also selected by the Colorado Governor, Roy Romer, to serve on the Colorado Commission on Information Management.
In 2012 Bill was inducted as a Penn State Alumni Fellow for his work with the University on several fronts including establishing a scholarship named for his mother (The Lelia Farrell Education Scholarship) as well as working closely with the University to bring in a “soft-box” for their pole vaulting boxes after the tragic death of pole vaulter, Kevin Dare.
Bill shared his love for his family, flying private aircraft, serving the community and rescuing Springers with people throughout the country, and we extend our condolences to Bill’s wife, Sally, his daughters, Wendy, Tracy, Rebecca and their families, his brother Chuck, and to all who knew, loved, and respected this very special man. The world, and the Springer community, was that much richer for having known him.
A service to celebrate Bill’s extraordinary life – and the joy he expressed – is planned for May 31, 2020 from 11:30 until 2 p.m. at Hudson Gardens in Littleton, CO.
At the family’s request, donations in Bill’s honor can be made to English Springer Rescue America, Inc. or the Lelia Farrell School of Education Scholarship at Penn State University.
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
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.
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.