The Hammonton Gazette
Paul J. Esposito
Paul J. Esposito, 72, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at home with loved ones by his side, after a brief battle with stomach cancer.
Paul was born in Philadelphia, and lived most of his life in Hammonton. He was a graduate of Hammonton High School, where he excelled in football; most saying he was the fastest in his class when he took off with the football. He was on the basketball and baseball team, but he loved being part of the gymnastics team. After graduation he attended Oklahoma Christian, and then transferred to Wilmington University where he graduated with a business management degree.
In 1972, he began work at Bank of New Jersey, working his way up to branch manager, then moving on to New National Bank. Paul was hired as a bank consultant working at F.E. DiBacco as a bank consultant; Paul traveled the east and part of the southern coast meeting with the bank’s board of directors to help efficiently run operations while making sure no employees would be let go. After working and traveling for some years, Paul was recruited by Anchor Savings Bank to run their Bank Operations. Paul was then heavily recruited again by Ocean City Home Bank in 1993, where he finished a long and highly successful career. During his time with OCHB, Paul was the senior vice president in charge of operations, security and compliance, marketing and retail branch banking; there was nothing that Paul could not do and excel at. Paul continued his education while at OCHB and was a graduate of the BAI Graduate School of Bank Operations and Technology.
While Paul was known for his intellect and ability in banking, he was also known as the most dapper of dressers and a true gentleman through and through. The lives and careers of others he impacted were immeasurable. Paul was a member of Kiwanis and Rotary in the ‘70s & ‘80s. Paul was treasurer and vice president on the Hammonton Swim Club Board. Paul served on Hammonton town council for four years. During his time on council, He served as chair of the quality of life committee, chair of the business and industry committee and chair of the administration committee. He was a member of the ethical standards board. Paul was the mayor’s representative to the planning board. He was on the obscenities review board, and he was also a representative to the Hammonton Revitalization Committee.
Paul was compelled to support his community and loved ones as his father, uncles and grandfather had done before him. He was also an active member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society supporting his daughter, Devon. Paul enjoyed traveling with the love of his life Susan. They enjoyed camping and traveling to their condo in Fla., which Paul always called his Happy Place. Paul took pride decorating their home for holidays and especially Halloween and Christmas. He loved spending time with family, dear friends and classmates, reading history and mystery books, playing solitaire, listening to music like Bruno Mars and the Beatles, telling stories about his family’s past, golfing with friends, discussing sports in Philadelphia—the Phillies, Eagles and 76ers. He loved his little dog Caesar and playing dinosaurs with his grandson, tea parties with his granddaughter and snuggling them both and also stealing their belly buttons which made them laugh with their Nonno.
Paul is predeceased by his parents, Dr. Joseph I. Esposito and Rita H. (Santora).
Paul is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan nee Ravelli; his daughter, Devon Sebasovich (Zane); his loving grandchildren, Silva and Flynn; his sister, Vickie Rita McLaughlin (Jeff); his sister, Donna Ingram (Gregg); his brother, Lee Esposito (Mary); as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Paul’s Memorial Mass, Saturday, August 14, 11 a.m. at the St. Mary of Mt Carmel Parish St. Joseph Church 3rd & French Streets, Hammonton. A visitation prior to Mass will start at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Inurnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Hope Rural School at 15929 SW 150th St., Indiantown, FL 34956.
Arrangements made by Landolfi Funeral Home.