Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

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Mario Anthony Esposito

October 16, 1946March 25, 2020

Mario Anthony Esposito (Pop Pop) went to be with our Lord on Wednesday the 25th of March at Cape Canaveral Hospital. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Linda Esposito, his daughters Melissa Esposito-Setler and Diane (Reese) Esposito, his granddaughter Madison Setler, his brother Ralph Esposito and his wife Joanna Esposito, as well as his nephews, nieces, cousins and friends that have become family.

Mario was born on October 16, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School and went on to proudly serve four years in the US Navy on the USS Forrestal during the Vietnam War. He moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1980 where he worked as a cable splicer for Verizon Communications until he retired in 2001. In 2015, he moved to Merritt Island, Florida with his wife to enjoy retired life. Mario was an active member of MI church, a member of Action Pro shooting team, Rolling Thunders Chapter 1, Disabled American Veterans, and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends. In recent years, many of his favorite times came from creating precious memories with his granddaughter.

Mario lived his life to the fullest and encouraged those around him to do the same. He continually gave of himself to others, mostly through his larger than life personality. His remarkable sense of humor, which often included playing jokes on others, always brought laughter to many and light in difficult times. It was just one of the many reasons Mario was loved by so many.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be a Celebration of Life announced at a future date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Joe De Marco

March 30, 2020

Maz, we were best friends growing up through High School, until we both entered the US Navy. One thing I will always remember about you, my friend, is the one word that says it all, LOYALTY. You were a true friend and someone I could always count on. We leaned on each other for strength as we grew up, and I’ll never forget the many hockey games we attended at the old Madison Square Garden. I will always remember you. Although we drifted apart after our 4-year military duty and we made new lives with our families, it was wonderful that we caught up with each other the last few years through social media. You spoke much about your wife, Linda, and how happy you were. You also made a point to tell me how much you enjoyed being with your granddaughter. I am so happy you had a wonderful relationship with her. God bless you, Mario, you will be missed greatly by everyone who knew you.


March 30, 2020

We didn't know Mario but do know his daughter, Reese. She is our neighbor. We are truly sorry for your loss. Reese was quite upset over this. Our prayers are with this family in this time of sadness.
May God bless you all during your difficult time.

Paula Longcore

March 29, 2020

Mario was the highlight of our league nights at the range. Mario making other people laugh truly was his gift. The world is a lesser place without our friend Mario. Joe and I are so very saddened by the news. God be with his family.

Justin Shira

March 29, 2020

First time I met Mario was on a Thursday night league. My first impression of Mario was this Navy guy can't shoot. Boy did he prove me wrong. Mario and the action pro shooting team accepted me into their family. The 4 years I was with Mario and the team was the greatest and most enjoyable time. I remember one night Mario was shooting after leaving the doctor's for something. I thought to myself boy I wouldn't be able to do that. Mario was a very loving kind man. Who always put others before himself. Mario even though your Navy, I still love ya. RIP Mario. Your love, kindness, and humor will be missed.

John and Susan Catone

March 28, 2020

Mario was an awesome person to know. While I didn’t know him for long, John knew him 55 years. His favorite memory was singing and hanging out with him in Woodside, and seeing him again recently, and singing together in Las Vegas. He will truly be missed and we both pray for the family’s peace and comfort through this heartbreaking time. RIP Mario. You will never be forgotten. We love you.

Diane Gossett

March 28, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Mario was a very loving, kind person. My condolences to your family and friends. -Diane Gossett, Va Beach VA

Louie Raciti

March 28, 2020

Mario was a friend and brother to alot of people who got to know him. I will miss his jokes, his laughter and that fantastic sense of humor. He was such a Loving and caring man. Always a hug and A Love you brother, a hand shake was never acceptable. Mario was always there for me and all who new him...I pray God will heal all who are hurting right now. And to try to find comfort knowing Mario is truly home with God our Father...R.I.P. My Brother....

Dan and Joan Sheline

March 28, 2020

Linda our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. May God's peace and mercy surround you during time knowing you are not alone.

Bob Ericson

March 28, 2020

Mario was always a delight to be around - ready to help his Rolling Thunder Florida 1 family. He even persuaded wife Linda to join. God Bless, and rest your oars sailor, we have the watch.

Gina Perret (Savitsky)

March 28, 2020

Uncle Mario was one of my uncle's I adored. As a little girl I would run and meet him at the street, enjoy my time with him because he always had me laughing and still have many many memories of all good times with him as I got older. He was a giving and loving person.
May he rest in peace.
My sincere condolences to his loving family.


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