Sait Esen, an engineer and a 20-year resident of Montclair, died on Saturday, Oct. 15, due to complications related to pancreatic cancer, a disease he had been battling since January. He was 55.

Born in Eskishehir, Turkey, Mr. Esen was the youngest of seven children. He studied mechanical engineering at Anadolu University and earned his master’s degree at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.

After working in the restaurant industry for two decades as a developer-owner-manager, he returned to engineering, with positions at Marcal Paper Co. and, most recently, Okonite Cable Co. 

Mr. Esen and his wife, Sabrina Cagar, and his beloved daughter, Olivia Esen, a freshman at Montclair High School, lived in Montclair’s South End. 

He loved Montclair’s parks and spent countless hours biking and playing soccer with Olivia.

He was a supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Wounded Warrior Project. 

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Esen is survived by his mother, Naciye Esen, his six older siblings and countless friends and relatives. 

In accordance with Islamic tradition, he was buried within 24 hours at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa. 

Arrangements were by Michigan Memorial Funeral Home, Paterson.