Vince and his family have always been special to me and our family. His older brother Les was part of my life when I attended St. John's Seminary College in Camarillo, CA; and Vince became my roommate for one year during UCLA Medical School. Before that, Dan Lungren, Vince and I went together in his dad's Cadillac to our senior prom. He was a star student and we shared a love for golf. He was an excellent diagnostician and helped me when I became sick in 2005. He always took time to listen and offered good advice, just like his dad. I miss them both and our 50th SAHS reunion brought back wonderful memories of the fun Esposito clan. My prayers, thoughts and best wishes are with his family today and forever as we celebrate his memory.
Last Sunday I met Janet for the 1st time and was moved that she attended Vince's 50th HS reunion as his widow when she had never known the sorry lot who were his classmates back then. While Vince and I were both bench warmers on the varsity basketball team at St. Anthony's, I got to know him even better during 4 years of medical school at UCLA. At 4 years removed from HS to have 3 of us from the same HS class attend the same med school was amazing. For 2 years we were in all of the same classes everyday; we had a natural camaraderie that carried over from HS. The 4 med students from Long Beach shared the same cadaver for 2 semesters of gross anatomy; a thin elderly Caucasian man whose body taught us so much [we named him Jackson---why I can't remember]. We held a respectful burial-like ceremony for him the last day of gross anatomy. Vince was one of about 20 single men/women during med school as about 100 of us were married at the time. The 1st few weeks of med school we all naively declared our eventual specialty and I don't think even one of our class of 120 followed through with their preconceived choice. As I recall Vince was going to be a surgeon and, of course, ended up being an outstanding radiologist. I wish I could have reminisced with him at our reunion.
To the Esposito Family,
It is hard to believe that it has been a year since Vince's passing and this past weekend (at our 1964 Class Reunion) helped us realize again how important friendships and shared experiences are. Janet, you are a member of the St. Anthony Class of 1964 family and know that you have lots of friends who knew Vince and that care about you and your daughters. For your daughters, it is important that they know that their Dad always stood out from the crowd, stepped up when others were reluctant to do so and led a life of selfless service. From the number of civic, community and educational organizations in which he took a leadership position, it is apparent that Vince was a servant leader. In my opinion, that is by far the very best kind.
We missed him at our reunion this year and wished we could have had one more chance to visit and reminisce about our days at SAHS. He leaves a wonderful legacy of love, of service and of accomplishments.
Rest in God's hands, Vince.
Your friend and classmate,
I had the pleasure of meeting Vince when I was around 13 years of age. His dad, Dr. Leslie, was our family physician. One day, Vince was at the office with his dad. Even at that age
Vince was friendly and nice to me. He told me he was going to attend SA, as was I. At SA, whenever he saw me, he would point his finger and say "Dad's
office". My condolences to Janet and daughters and the whole family.
Lupe Gonzales Allen
So sorry to hear of Vince's passing, He was my classmate in many classes at S.A. and always had a kind word for others. God bless Vince and his family.
Vince was a great guy in Hi School AND a wonderful physician. I worked with him at St. Mary and graduated with him from SA. I ran around with 3 other girls and all of us "liked" him at one time or another. One night we decided to toilet paper his house. Yes, that hugh mansion. Well, his paents were having a formal black tie dinner--we could see all the beautifully dressed people through the windows. What to do? Well we did it anyway. Rolled rolls of toilet paper up the beautiful lawns, crouched down so we would not be seen. Throwing rolls over the bushes at the end furthest from the group. A wonderful job under the circumstances. I always wondered what they thought when their guests began to leave. And if they ever suspected which kid's friends did it. I don't think any of us told a soul until we were in our 40's.
I pray for your comfort and that these memories will remind you of the laughter and joy Vince brought to you and your family.
Vincent was a doll both in looks and spirit. I had a terrible crush on him in high school but never got to know him well because the boys were separated from the girls.I am so sorry to hear of his passing. May Vince be as close to the Lord as anyone can get...rest in peace sweet man.
Vince was definitely missed at our 50th St Anthony High School reunion. He would have been there and he would have enjoyed reminiscing with all his buddies. Regardless, his spirit was felt. We all remember this very dear and gentle friend.
I send my heartfelt condolences to the family of Vince Esposito. I also attended St Anthony's high school with Vince, and remember him as a gentle human being well loved by all who knew him. We just celebrated our 50th reunion this weekend, and kept Vince in our prayers as we remembered this really terrific fellow classmate. Patti Jones Koepsell
I am a High School classmate of Vince - 1964 was the best class ever and Vince was one of the best of the best! Go Saints! I did not know him well because the boys and girls schools were separate, but I knew "of" him! He had such a great, fun loving attitude that drew people to him! I hope you all treasure his memory as I will!
I send my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Vince. I went to St. Anthony High School with him and am still in disbelief. Vince was a great guy, fun loving, generous, and caring.
I worked with Dr. Esposito for a few years at SMMC. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a kind and good man. My thoughts and prayers to his family. I know how much he will be missed.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
To know my brother Vince was to know true compassion, caring and love. His memory will live on with all our family and his mark on this world will not be forgotten. Vince will always be the "True Champion" of our family.
My sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Esposito for his passing.
My prayers for comfort are with your family.
Sandy from Casa Youth Shelter
My sincere condolences to all the family, and especially to Michael and Caren, for whom I have worked almost 10 years and who I hold in such high regard.
Words are so inadequate but, being Irish, I must have some, so here is an Irish Blessing, from the O'Connells to the Espositos:
May the blessing of the rain be on you—
the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.
May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
May the good earth be soft under you
when you rest upon it,
and may it rest easy over you when,
at the last, you lay out under it,
And may it rest so lightly over you
that your soul may be out
from under it quickly,
and up, and off,
And be on its way to God.
I am so sorry for your loss. All tho I never had the pleasure to met Dr. Vincent, My entire family had the pleasure to have his father for our doctor until he passed away. There has NEVER been another doctor as Dr. Leslie Esposito. He was truly one in a billion. I'm sure his son was just as amazing.
We send our sympathy.
We are so sorry for your loss
We will always have fond memories
Of the fun times we had the pleasure
To share together.
We send our love
Fred and Jane Taber
Vince and I were great friends, and room mates at Loyola. Susan and I will always cherish the times we had together and all the memories. Love to the Esposito Family.
To the Esposito family....so sorry for your loss of Vince. He was a kind man with a sense of humor and compassion for every patient he encountered. He adored his daughters, so proud of all of their accomplishments. It was an honor to know him, to work witth him, but especially to be his friend. May your memories bring you comfort for Vince now dwells with Our Lord.. May the Lord's blessing be upon you during this difficult time.
Vince was such a joyful spirit. We are happy we got to enjoy Cancun with you and Vince. We are holding you gently in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Berdell Spellman
Prayer & condolences to the Esposito
May many precious memories sustain the entire Esposito family during this very difficult time. Vince was a very special man who was loved by many and left the world a much better place.
I send my love and thoughts to you and the girls. I know you are surrounded by family and friends who are taking care of you, Lauren and Marisa.
Shannon Smith DiDonna
I will truly miss Dr. Esposito! He was always kind and willing to teach us girls in CT at Pacific. My heart and prayers go out to his family.
I will miss seeing Dr. Esposito at CHLB. He was very kind. R.I.P
My sincere condolences to Janet, Lauren and Marisa and all of Vince's family, friends and colleagues. Today's funeral was the most beautiful, heartfelt and inspiring one I've ever attended.
I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for peace within your family and that you and the Esposito family find comfort in The Lord.
I am so fortunate to have met such a kind and wonderful person as Dr. Esposito. EVERYONE in the Imaging Department at Pacific Hospital had such respect for him. He will truly be missed.
"RIP" my friend, you will be missed by many.
I am so sorry for your loss.
I was so upset to see that Vince had passed. I have many memories of him from St. Anthony's High School. I remember his father serving as the team doctor during our high school years. While I have not seen him often in our adult lives, I respect him and give my sincere condolences to his family.
I knew Vince as a loving father to his girls, Lauren and Marisa. We shared a love for their musical talent which he promoted enthusiastically. He was one of the good guys and left the world a better place.
I was fortunate enough to me Vincent and Janet in 1988 when my late husband Joe,(pat calls brother),took our little boys to LA.Boy did we have fun,especially at the Portugese Bend Club,with Melissa's chicken!!!!!
Vincent and Janet came to Ireland when I married Roger in Killarney.boy did they party!!
As a wedding gift they gave us a trip to Catalina to their lovely home.the guys loved Jeigermeisters!!!!and the Lovells and Cahills were all there
In January,I was fortunate to spend quality time in Cancun,when Vincent was slowing down.What a fighter.
Tho we lived so far apart,we remained close friends and I feel proud to have counted him as a friend.
To Janet,Lauren and Marissa,my heartfelt condolences,Love PixieXO
My dearest older cousin! What a great memory I have of you and Uncle Les standing there getting a great laugh as I "walked" into St Mary's Hospital hunched over with a kidney stone. Laughter was the best medicine, especially when it's family. We love you. Richard, Debbie, Lawrence, and Sammy DiCarlo
Janet, Lauren and Marisa....so sorry to hear of your loss. My your memories bring you moments of happy remembrances and a sense of peace. Vince's passing just reminds us all the importance of family...that once one is called home by the Lord there is yet another empty chair at the table that will never be filled again. May the Lord bless you, give you strength and especially the wisdom to know how special Vince was in all that he not only contributed to others but most importantly his dedication to "family". Rest in peace, Vince~
Will forever miss hearing " Hey Kiddo, how ya doing?" from him every morning. He will always have a special place in my heart and memories. The world has lost a very special man. You will be missed Espo,
From the pediatric nurses at St. Mary Med Ctr. We will be forever greatful for all you have done for us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family, Love, pediatric nurses
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Esposito for 7 years at Coast Radiology. Being Italian he would always kid me about our shared heritage and large families. He was kind, sincere, and an all around great guy. His face would light up with pride when speaking of his daughters. He will be greatly missed! Riposa in pace
We all grew up together at St. Matthews in Long Beach. What wonderful times. Dr. Les was very proud of Vince as all of us, to his wife and daughters please be at peace,and his dear Mom we have shared words of loss before. My heart aches for all of you at this time.
Vincent was a dear childhood friend; I have many happy memories, for which I am most grateful. My thoughts and prayers are with Vincent's family.
We were saddened to hear of Dr. Esposito's passing....he was a kind man, and always a pleasure to serve. We send our deepest condolences to his family and pray that they may find peace and comfort very soon.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
29 years of hearing " Denise, Denise, Denise" What will we do without him? My favorite Esposito quote" Those were the best years of our life and we didn't even know it". He will be so missed.
Dr. Vincent Anthony Esposito is resting with The Lord.