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Ralph Joseph Esposito

November 1, 1945 ~ September 13, 2022 (age 76)
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Ralph Esposito, 76, passed away on September 13, 2022, at Kindred Hospital in Havertown, PA. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Anne (Falcone) Esposito, his sister, Carmella Bolay (Warren), and brother, Francis Esposito. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Lou (Buchanan) Esposito, his four children; Stephen Esposito (Angela), Phillip Esposito (Stephanie), Frank Esposito, and Stephanie Esposito Olcese (Andrew), and his granddaughter, Tia Carmella Esposito. Ralph, a.k.a “Skeets” or “Spione,” was “Pop Pop” to Little Victor Cozzone, “Pops” to Jason Pyrah (Patti), and a second Dad to Dave Fobare (Chris and Leah). He was beloved by his longtime neighbors, Terry and Denise O’Brien and Victor and Kathi Cozzone. He also leaves behind his loyal dog, Olive.

Ralph graduated from Radnor High School and immediately began his career working for Western Electric as a communications technician. He took time away from work to serve in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. Ralph was honorably discharged in 1970 despite his escapades overseas. After proudly serving his country, Mary Lou whipped him into shape, and he resumed his employment at Western Electric. Ralph had a successful career working for AT&T, Verizon, Lucent Technologies, and CTDI, where he worked with his dear friend Reggie until retiring in 2021 at age 75.

A die-hard sports fan, especially for his Philadelphia Eagles, Ralph’s passion for the game was surpassed only by his dedication to his family. Ralph was adored by countless others who were touched by his grace, compassion, and humor that he shared day in and day out. His greatest pleasures included cooking breakfast every Sunday, barbecues in the summer, vacationing in Cape May, NJ, and gardening. Granted, some folks would argue that his greatest pleasure came from yelling at the Eagles players, coaching staff, and referees.

A giant in life in every sense of the word, except his height, he leaves behind an indelible hole for many. Truly, “Eagles Sunday at Pop’s” will never be the same.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat For Humanity of Chester County, P.O. Box 1452, Coatesville, PA 19320.

Arrangements are by The Bernard S. Gutkowski Funeral Home, 305 Jefferson Street, Swedesburg, Upper Merion Twp., PA 19405, Keith J. Murphy, F.D., 610-275-6385, www.gutkowskifuneralhome.com

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