Martin M. Esposito, 76, passed away on November 8, 2022.
Martin was born on October 25, 1946 to Candida Nappi and Mario Esposito of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn New York. He was the youngest brother to Nicholas (Nick) and Joseph (Joe). Their parents divorced when the boys were young.
Martin enlisted in the US Army at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY in August, 1966. He trained in Advanced Infantry and deployed to Vietnam as a mortarman. He was wounded by shrapnel during heavy combat. He then returned stateside through his brother Joe's efforts with the American Red Cross for hardship due to their mother's terminal cancer. She passed away in August,1967 and Marty completed his tour of duty with a burial unit serving NY, CT, and NJ. He achieved the rank of corporal (E4) when he was discharged in August, 1968.
After being discharged, Martin worked for W.E. Hutton & Co. in Manhattan New York and studied business at Kingsborough College in Brooklyn, New York. He met Marilyn T. Marchese in 1969 and they were married in September, 1971. They lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, then in 1977 moved to Elmont, New York. Marilyn was ill with cancer and passed away in 1986. Marty then began working for the US Postal Service in Malverne, New York.
Marty met Maryellen on a retreat for bereaved Catholics in January, 1988. Marty had 2 dogs, Kimmie and Kari, and Maryellen had 2 boys, Andrew and Patrick. They felt the Lord brought them together and they were married on July 8, 1990. They moved to Farmingdale to be closer to Maryellen's parents, Bill and Mildred Johnston. They welcomed two more sons, William and Edward to their family.
In 1998, after subsequent back injuries, Marty was retired/disabled from the USPS. There were moves to Selden, New York, Brandon, Florida, Massapequa, New York, and finally Tottenville, Staten Island when Maryellen became disabled from severe Lyme disease.
Marty and Maryellen became catechists for Our Lady Help of Christians Church and completed Level 4. Marty was also an usher at church and took photos of parish events. Family and friends always knew he carried at least 2 cameras with him.
Marty enjoyed hosting annual Super Bowl parties even though he didn’t follow sports. He loved all kinds of music, especially opera (Caruso), 50s, disco, electronic, and R&B
He treasured his friendships with Phyllis & Wes Kaminsky, Pat & Kay Walsh, Tony & Jo LoSchiavo, Ben & Tina Ciorra, Fr. Sylvester Ranasinghe, Fr. Francis Tanveer, Margaret & Arnold Rosner
Martin is survived by his beloved wife, Maryellen; children, Andrew (Victoria), Patrick (Heather), William (Amanda), Edward; brothers, Nicholas (Fran), Joseph (Joan); and grandchildren, Liam, Rhys, Caelan, Rory.
Marty was a proud father, veteran, and American.