Alexander 'Al' Esposito, age 84, of Orange, passed away with his loving family by his side on August 29, 2010 at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was the husband of Jeanne Penders Esposito for 59 years. Al was born in New Haven on July 23, 1926, a son of the late Michael and Cristina Romano Esposito and was a long time resident of Orange. In addition to his wife he leaves his four children, Alex Esposito of Orange, Joseph (Nicola Kelsey) Esposito of Guilford, Charles (Nancy Setaro) Esposito of Watertown and Ellen Esposito O'Neill (David) of Orange (his devoted caretaker this summer); eleven precious grandchildren, Nicholas, Alexa, Thomas, Alex, Joseph and Julia Esposito, Madeline, Therese, and Frances O'Neill and Allison and Bryan Paradis; two brothers, Pat Esposito of Westbrook, Michael Esposito of New Haven; two sisters, Emily Bodle-Crisci of Hamden and Ann Marie Fuoco of Cheshire and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother Anthony Esposito. Mr. Esposito received degrees from CT State Teachers College, The University of Connecticut and Fairfield University. He was an educator in the New Haven Public School System for 43 years. He taught at Prince Street School, Clinton Avenue School and Fair Haven Middle School where he retired as principal after many years. A veteran of World War II, he enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 and served mainly in the South Pacific. Relatives & friends may visit with his family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden, on Tuesday evening, August 31, 2010 from 4 to 8 p.m. and invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Saturday, September 4th at 10:30 A.M. in Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT 06477. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions in Al's memory may be made to CT Hospice 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Hospice for all the love and care they provided during this difficult time.

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  1. Al, you were a father to me and I am blessed to have had the great fortune of knowing you. You were the guiding light to your family and friends, a rock in storms and selfless in every action. The sorrow you leave behind at your departing is only matched by the joy and love that everyone feels for having crossed your path. Your spirit lives on within all of us, and for that we thank God. We love you very much; God bless you Al, and peace be with you.

  2. Dear Jeanne: My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your husband. It was unfortunate that we had to see each other under such sad circumstances. Sincerely, Vera DePalma East Rock School

  3. Dear Joe, Nikki and family, Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  4. Ellen – I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May time bring you peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. I wish to extend my deepest condolence to Alex,s entire family I am TERESA the daughter of Marcellino Leonzo {MIKE SHEA’s} friend and have many fond memories.

  6. Joe & Family: I was sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sincerely, Mike Donahue

  7. You were the best husband, father, brother, teacher, and friend anyone could hope to have. We all love you!!

  8. Chuck, Nancy and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sherri & Geoff

  9. Dear Al, Your suffering is over. Your work here is done. I am sure when you approached the Golden Gates God said, .Well done, my good and faithful servant..When I think about your life, I think of a man who embraced hard work and responsibility. You knew it was the key to accomplishment. Everything in the place that you called home is the work of your hands. You worked hard to serve the children of New Haven and their families and touched many of their lives. You were also the definition of marriage and family. What an unbelieveble legacy to leave behind!! For all of this, you will always be more than just a memory, you will be a living presence. They say a human life is God’s story. What a story God told! The war is over Al, the victory is won. Until we meet again, Happy Birthday into Eternal Life!

  10. Ellen & Family — My thoughts are with you not only today, but in all of the challenging days ahead. .God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered .come to me.. With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best..

  11. Aunt Jeanne, Alex, Joe, Chuck and Ellen: I am deeply saddened at Uncle Al’s passing. Every time I talked to him or saw him invoked memories of my dad. Except for Al’s slightly more liberal streak, I might as well have been talking to Tony. As you, I put them both on a pedestal and can only hope to live up to the standards they not only applied to us, but lived themselves. If only we could hear them catching up…… Love and best wishes, Peter

  12. Dear Dave & family, Sorry for your loss. I will pray that our Lord will comfort you at this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Dave Ogden

  13. To Al’s family: I have never met any of you. However, I have been swimming at the Orange Town Pool for thirty years, and during that time I shared many lap lanes and shower or locker room conversations with Al. I was always happy to chat with him, and it became quite apparent from speaking with him that he was a dedicated educator and family man.I was very sad to learn some time ago that he had become ill and would not return to the pool.I will remember him fondly, and I hope that your loss is cushioned by the wonderful legacy and memories that I’m sure he has left with you. With warmest best wishes and sincerest condolences. Michael Neufeld

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