Primo Esleyer, chairman of the board of the Visayan DAILY STAR, who was lauded as a family man, and for his work as a journalist, teacher, banker and farmer by his friends and family, was laid to rest at the Sacred Heart Memorial Park in Sum-ag, Bacolod City, Saturday afternoon.
Fr. Felix Pasquin, who delivered the sermon at his concelebrated funeral mass at the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church that was packed with mourners, said that above all else, Esleyer, died a man rich in faith and the love of his family.
Esleyer, 79, died at the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital in Bacolod City on Sept. 28 after a long battle with cirrhosis of the liver.
Pasquin noted how Esleyer, as he gasped his last breath, looked at the Crucifix and uttered the word “Migs”, the name he used for his late wife, Fe.
Pasquin, who was joined at the funeral mass by Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra and Msgr. Victorino Rivas, citing Esleyer’s battle with cancer, said “to live the life of Christ is to participate in his redemptive sufferings.”
Citing Esleyer for being an institution in the media profession in Negros, Pasquin said his column Feedback in the Visayan DAILY STAR will be missed by his readers in Negros and in the paper’s online edition read worldwide.
Esleyer was also president of the Negros Press Club for four terms, past president of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, chairman of the Board of Sunshine Channel, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bacolod City College and Negros State College of Agriculture, an officer of the Kabisig cooperative in Bago City, and a member of the Regional Trial Court Mediation Board and National Federation of Sugar Planters.
Jose “Toti Ramos, who spoke in behalf of the Sunshine Boys, said they will miss the wit and humor of their friend.
Ramos, also spoke of Esleyer’s work as a journalist, farmer, banker and teacher.
The Sunshine Boys sang “Yanang Yuhum Mo”, a favorite song of Esleyer, after the funeral mass.
James Esleyer, a relative, read a resolution from Mayor Vicente Escorpion Jr. of Igbaras town in Iloilo, citing his townmate for his achievements and condoling with his family.
Stevenzon Esleyer said his grandfather considered his family his greatest blessing, and spoke of the many lessons he taught him to prepare him for life ahead.
Salvador Esleyer spoke of how his brother, a self-made man, worked his way through college and to success.
Dr. Bambi Avelino said her father was always ready to listen to the problems of his children, “He was always there for us”.
Avelino said she met many people during his wake, some she did not even know, who spoke of how her father had touched their lives.
Esleyer is survived by his children Steve, Bambi, and Josie, and five grandchildren Primo Archie, Stevenzon, Skitt, Nina Joyce, and Jason Brian.*CPGomez