Frank Esteves, long-time Manteca area resident, celebrated his 88th birthday with family and friends with a luncheon at the home of his godchild, Cindy Richichi, on Saturday, May 2.
Highlights of the event included Glen Miller band music in the background, collages of pictures of Frank through the years, and lots of “remember when” conversation.
Born in Manteca on April 29, 1927, Frank attended local schools. As an adult, he worked as a sales associate at Turner Hardware in Manteca for almost 30 years, followed by another 15-year stint at Manteca’s TrueValue Hardware. He then worked at Ace Hardware in Ripon until his retirement. His work ethic and customer service earned him praise in our community.
Frank’s well known generosity and kindness were toasted by party attendees. Concurrent with his outside work, Frank farmed his family’s almond orchard after his father’s death, while also helping to care for his mother. Although he never married, Frank has 25 nieces and nephews, and helped raise one of them. Those who were able to attend the event recalled how he “rough-housed” with them when they were young, helped them learn to drive with the use (sometimes unknown!) of his old car, and was always available to help out with doctor visits and other errands. Frank visits his bed-ridden sister Dolores almost daily, and regularly checks in on younger family members. His family considers him a model example of his generation, and wish him many more active years.