Peter J. Esposito

February 19, 1943November 1, 2020

Peter J. Esposito, 77, of Tottenville, NY passed away peacefully, on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at his home. His family was by his side. A native Staten Islander, Mr. Esposito enjoyed a storied professional career. At the time of his passing, he was a Director elected to the Richmond County Savings Bank Divisional Board, a division of New York Community Bank. Mr. Esposito was a pillar of the community; as President of the South Shore Rotary Club and a Paul Harris fellow, he presided over numerous charitable and cultural events. He was a Trustee of South Shore Rotary and a member of its foundation, and served as a past Chairman of the Richmond County Fair. He also served on the Boards of Trustees for the New York Chapter of the Boy Scouts, the Staten Island Chapter of the Leukemia Society, and the Juvenile Diabetes Society.

As giving back was of utmost importance to him, Mr. Esposito volunteered his time with a variety of local organizations. His fondest memories included the years spent organizing and chaperoning the prom at the Hungerford School, serving Thanksgiving dinner at local shelters, and delivering holiday baskets to families in need.

Born on February 19, 1943 in West Brighton, NY to the late Louis and Jean Esposito, his close-knit family also included his older brother Pat Esposito, currently of Morganville, NJ, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He graduated from Curtis High School and began his professional life as an electrical tradesman. He was a member of the Army Reserves, and, as a young man, served his country with gratitude and devotion.

Intellectually incisive, meticulous in nature, and perpetually curious, Mr. Esposito moved through a variety of professional affiliations as his career trajectory evolved. Prior to his employment at Richmond County Savings Bank, where he held a number of designations over a 45 year span, he worked as a real estate broker for the Accardo Agency. In 1971, he was named Salesman of the Year by the New York State Real Estate Association. He was instrumental in the creation of the Staten Island Board of Realtors and became a licensed real estate appraiser. He furthered his certifications at a number of esteemed colleges and universities, including Ithaca College, Fairfield University, and Syracuse University.

Mr. Esposito was a capable individual who could build or fix anything. He was a master carpenter; in 1984, he realized the dream of designing and building his own family home in Tottenville. He lived here until his passing, creating beautiful memories with those he loved; particularly his five grandchildren whom he adored. He believed his family was his greatest blessing.

In his later years, Mr. Esposito enjoyed spending time at his lakeside vacation home in Sarasota, Florida which provided him with abundant leisure opportunities, new friends, and many happy memories.

His rapier wit and humor were known to cause eruptions of laughter wherever he was. Whether a lifelong friend or a new acquaintance, all were sure to leave smiling after spending any amount of time with him.

In his final weeks, Mr. Esposito received an outpouring of affection from friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, old and new, and those whose lives he touched. There were many reminiscences, and it brought him much comfort to hear their stories of love and laughter.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Suzette Pfleging Esposito, whom he treasured. He is also survived by his two daughters, Renee Esposito-Ferranti and husband Thomas, of Holmdel, New Jersey, and Nicole Esposito-Polly and husband David of Trumbull, Connecticut. Five beautiful grandchildren, Olivia Ferranti, Christian Ferranti, Quinn Polly, Brier Polly, and Charlotte Ferranti complete the family circle, along with his granddog, Coco Violet Polly. A bevy of cherished friends and family mourn his loss, as do many in the Staten Island community. Peter Esposito enriched the lives of all who knew him – and impacted, in some way, many who did not. He will be greatly missed.

Due to COVID, a private memorial mass is planned for mid-November. A public celebration of the life of Peter Esposito will be held in Spring, 2021.

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Roseann Sellitti

November 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of Petes passing, I worked with Pete on my first job at Richmond County Savings Bank I was just out of high school when I met him he was such a nice man, he always talked about his wife and daughters with the biggest smile on his face. He encouraged me to further my education learn everything I can and because of his encouragement I went on to become a mortgage underwriter, office manager and a licensed real estate agent. Suzette and Pete where at my wedding, I used to stop by the bank to see Pete but then I moved to New Jersey and I always asked about him thru the years with other banker friends he was truly a great man that had so much knowledge of many things. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Esposito family at this very very sad time may he’s memory live on forever he will be greatly missed by so many.

Douglas Pfleging

November 11, 2020

Suzette, I was so sorry to read about the passing of Peter , my condolences to you and your family. I only got to know Peter when he helped me with the Staten Island Leukemia Golf outing that I ran. He provided me with donations to use for the outing that helped raise money for research. He was a good man. Stay safe....enjoy your grandchildren...…..

Gail Castellano

November 11, 2020

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Peter at the bank for 27 years. For the last 12 years I sat across from him at each Richmond County Savings Bank divisional board meeting. He was always a gentleman and always had a kind word to share. Peter you will be missed! May you rest in eternal peace. With my deepest sympathies to the entire Esposito family, Gail

Bernard Moretti

November 7, 2020

Dear Suzette:

So sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. He was a great man and a great friend. I have so many wonderful memories of our time together at the Bank. He will be sorely missed.
My sympathies to you and your family..
RIP Pete.

Angela & Mike Amoia

November 7, 2020

Dear Suzette,

Words alone cannot express how sorry we are for the loss of your beloved husband, Pete. God took home another saint on Nov 1, All Saints' Day. We pray for strength, guidance and beautiful memories for you and your family at this most difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
With Our Love,
Angela & Mike

Timothy Rice

November 6, 2020

Oh boy... I loved Pete for his humanity and guidance, but mostly for his kindness and good humor.
Quite often we had all we could do to restrain ourselves from laughing aloud in the midst of a presentation at Rotary, and giggled like adolescents .. I will miss you, my friend.
My love and condolences to Suzette,Nicole,Renee, and his beloved grandchildren.

Kenneth Pfleging

November 6, 2020

Jean & I spent 2 hrs with Pete & Suzette with pizza from Nucci’s that we picked up on the way, the week before he passed. His “juicy brain” that Jean liked to describe him was as juicy as ever, although his appetite was waning. I felt honored that I was able to change a light fixture with his instructions since I am the polar opposite of his multi faceted expertise. We were so happy to enjoy their company before he joined all the other Saints in the wild blue yonder on All Saints Day.

Georgette Adamcik

November 5, 2020

Dear Suzette,
Words can not express how sad we are at the lose of your dear Peter. Through facebook we feel we knew him and always enjoyed the pictures of your family. It was easy to see the love that you all shared. We will keep you, your daughters and grandchildren in our prayer.

Francine Frisina

November 5, 2020

Dear Suzette and family. I am so sorry to hear of Pete's passing. He was such a wonderful person and a kind and caring boss. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Fran Frisina

Dina Sessa

November 5, 2020

It was my privilege to work with and for Peter Esposito. I first met Peter over 27 years ago and his warmth and graciousness were something I always treasured. He was someone I could go to discuss my miseries and my happiness. His elation at the arrival of each and every grandchild was shared by him and his love for his family was always so evident.
I will miss him greatly, his smile and his words of wisdom helped me so much in my most terrible times.
A friend, advisor and coworker; but mainly someone I considered a friend - I will miss you.
My sincerest condolences to Suzette, his daughters Renee, Nicole and their spouses and children and his brother -Pat (of whom he spoke of often and fondly).


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