Richard P. Esposito, passed unexpectedly at his home in Saddle River, NJ on Saturday, September 25. A native of northwest Bergen County, Rich was born in Waldwick on March 19, 1949 and was 72 years old at the time of his death. A graduate of Ramsey High School with a B.S. degree in Engineering from Indiana State University, Rich was a principal design engineer in the family business Beacon Die-Mold, Inc. in Clifton, NJ for many years. During the past two decades and after the death of his father Pascal in 1995, Rich cared for his mother Angela until her death in 2018, just short of her 98th birthday.
A track athlete in high school and an avid skier, fisherman, camper, and auto-racing enthusiast, Rich was very handy around the house and could fix practically anything. He was known as a caring and committed friend to those who were close to him and especially so with his group of friends from St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church in Saddle River whom he breakfasted with practically every morning in recent years.
Rich leaves behind his sister Lynda Ann Cole of Greensboro, GA; a brother Robert of Mahwah, NJ; two nieces, Elizabeth Cole and husband Christian Martin of New York City and Catherine Cole Sarno and husband Doug of Charlotte, NC; and five great nieces and nephews from oldest to youngest respectively, Sarah, Matthew, Charlie, Elizabeth, and Emilia. Rich is pre-deceased by his brother-in-law Ronald Cole who passed in May, 2020.
A wake will be held at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home at 109 Darlington Ave in Ramsey, NJ on Thursday, October 7th from 4-8 PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, 88 East Saddle River Road in Saddle River, NJ on Friday, October 8th at 10 AM with interment to follow at Maryrest Cemetery, 770 Darlington Ave, Mahwah. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church in Saddle River.
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