LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Edward M. Esposito, of Liberty Township, died one week before his 81st birthday on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He was able to pass on in peace, while listening to the wind chimes outside his open door at home.
Edward was born on May 23, 1936 in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Charles and Veronica (Sveda) Esposito.
He was so healthy until the last month of his life, that his family doctor got him a shirt which read, “It only took me 80 years to look so good, so happy and so young!”
He held several jobs throughout his life, including his military service in the Army. He worked as a gardener, a produce manager and a custodian for Liberty Schools, retiring in 2004.
He was a member of First Christian Church in Girard.
He spent his days gardening, known as “Mr. Garlic”, planting thousands of cloves by hand each year, he also golfed and among those he golfed with was a special group of young men he’s known since grade school. They all visited him in the ICU as he fought to get well. He also enjoyed bowling, which he will be missed for telling all of his friends in his Monday morning league at McKinley Lanes what they are doing wrong and how to improve their score. He spent his days loving, he loved his family, his friends and his dogs. He loved life and lived each day to share that love.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Carol (Rosasco) Esposito, whom he married October 19, 2008; his children, Edward M. (Kathleen) Esposito of Dayton, Christine E. (Michael) Crosby of Farmdale and Laurie L. (James) Harley of Girard; stepchildren, Mark (Angela) Reynolds of Niles, Sheri (Darin) Mullenax of Champion and Jack Reynolds of Warren; sisters, Marguerite Violante of Walden, New York and Louise (Tom) Headley of Greensboro, North Carolina; brothers, Charles (Eva) Esposito of Niles, Carmen (Amy) Esposito of Austintown, Richard Esposito of Girard, Myron (Renee) Esposito of Girard and Louis Esposito of Girard; 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy (Sheppard) Esposito; his brother, Michael; his sister, Verna and a great-granddaughter, Marina Nicole Baugher.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Blackstone Funeral Home, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to send condolences to the family.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, May 24 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.