Belle Mead - In the early hours of Sunday, December 30th, 2018, the world lost one-of-a-kind. Robert Esposito, of Belle Mead, NJ succumbed to leukemia after a two-year battle he fought with bravery, pride and the extraordinary love of the remarkable family he built. Bob is survived by his beloved wife Karen, daughter Taryn, son Bryan, sister Carol, son and daughter-in law Rich and Courtney, and grandchildren Payton, Margaret, Alexander and Elizabeth - all of whom he cherished with great pride. A 1967 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan West, and the University of South Carolina in 1971, Bob spent the last 45 years of his life welcoming friends, family, regulars and complete strangers into the front door of Espo's Restaurant on Second Street in Raritan, NJ. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the volume, and the laughter were all a direct reflection of Bob Esposito. The restaurant will always hold a special place in so many people's hearts - but not nearly as many as the man does. If you were fortunate enough to know Bob, you are better for it. He was selfless. He was kind. His absence will be mourned by many for a long time, but his life will be celebrated and appreciated by his true friends and family forever. Cheers Bob! Rest well. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday January 3rd at 10am in St. Ann's Church, 45 Anderson Street, Raritan, NJ 08869. Visiting for family and friends will be Wednesday January 2nd from 5pm-9pm in the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 US Hwy 206, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.
Published in Courier News on Dec. 31, 2018.