WINTHROP — Roosevelt Eskil “Ez” Enquist, Jr., 88, of Winthrop, died peacefully on July 6, 2022 after a long illness.
Eskil was born in Branford, Connecticut on September 22, 1933, the only child of Esther Dalhgren and Roosevelt Eskil Enquist, Sr.
Eskil graduated from Branford High in 1951. He attended Upsala College in New Jersey for a year before enlisting in the United States Navy where he served on the USS LIOBA for two years before being discharged after the signing at the end of the Korean War.
He then earned his BS from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut while employed at Branford Plumbing and Heating where he later became General Manager and later Vice President of that company as well as Centerbrook Supply Company.
Ez then became Vice President of Sachem Investment Company, which owned and operated real estate as well as a dry cleaning and laundromat business. He left that position to lease and operate a marina, cabins, tackle store, eel business and snack bar in Narragansett, RI.
Mr. Enquist was later employed by the Narragansett Public School department and later became a faculty member at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI, where he taught economics, business and law. .
Eskil then moved to Readfield where he purchased a petrol station, flats and a residence. He settled in Torsey Pond and fell in love and married Terri in 1980. Together they started an antiques, collectibles and auction business. They opened their “Picker’s Palace” store in Readfield Depot and ran it for many years. They spent their winters in Florida selling their wares at local antique shows and on eBay. He and his wife retired in 2012 and reside in Winthrop.
Ez was a member of the YMCA in Augusta. His hobbies included photography, boating and fishing. Eskil was known for his curiosity, intelligence, quick wit, and for giving you an estimate of any item you owned. He was a member of the Baha’i Faith.
Eskil was predeceased by his beloved wife, Naomi “Terri” Enquist.
He is survived by his son, Ronald Enquist of Thailand, his daughters Boni–esther Enquist of Marlborough, Mass. and Cynthia Enquist Cushing of Wayne, son-in-law, Scott Crystal of Panama, and daughter-in-law, Danielle Crystal of Windsor; as well as 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Beacon Hospice, Meals on Wheels and Roberts Funeral Home as well as friends and loved ones who have provided comfort and support over the past few months.
Ez will be missed and his family will forever remember “Best Poppy Ever!!”
A funeral service with full military honors followed by Baha’i prayers for the deceased will be held Wednesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Rd., Augusta.
Arrangements are entrusted to Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, ME 04364, where memories and condolences can be shared with the family at http://www.khrfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
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