Former Norwalk 7-Term Mayor Frank Esposito Dies

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Former seven-term Mayor Frank Esposito, left, and his wife Louise. Photo Credit: Richard Bonenfant

NORWALK, Conn. – Former Norwalk Mayor Frank Esposito, who served for a record seven terms until 2001, died of cancer Wednesday morning in Norwalk Hospital. He was 83.

Known for his gregarious spirit and dedication to bipartisan leadership, Esposito, a Republican, helped shepherd Norwalk into the 21st Century, serving from 1987 to 2001. Flags at Norwalk City Hall have been lowered to half-staff in Esposito’s honor.

“To serve 14 years as mayor is unprecedented,” said Mayor Richard Moccia, who was chairman of the Norwalk Republican Town Committee during much of Esposito’s run. “He was a legend.”

Esposito and his wife, Louise, were fixtures throughout Norwalk for decades, not only during his political career in the state House of Representatives and the mayor’s office, but also for years as owners of a local variety store.

Moccia said he notified City Hall staffers Wednesday morning by e-mail of Esposito’s passing.

“Those of us who have had the honor of holding this job, we all love it, but I don’t think anyone embraced the job more than Frank Esposito,” Moccia said. “He never shied away from the tough fights, and he always found a way to work through it. He will be missed.”

A wake is scheduled for Sunday at Saint Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Ave., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the funeral will be held the following day at the church at 10 a.m.

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mozartthedog:

Your point is well-taken, MavisFirefly. I moved to Oxford in 2007, a small-town venue vs. Norwalk, a mini-city. That camaraderie he had the people all over the city does not exist with our First Selectman, even with a much smaller constituency.

I too am a Republican conservative and I agreed with his views on most issues. But even liberal Democrats proudly called him a friend; because of who he was on the inside. One's politics is only one of many threads that make a complete person. With Facebook, Twitter, and smart phones today, most elected officials want to communicate in that fashion and never meet with the constituents face to face and you never know the person as a whole.

Frank was one of the last of the old-school Mayors that wanted to know you, not just know about you, not just know what you stood for, but know YOU.

Thanks

MavisFirefly:

When I first moved to Norwalk, I attended many functions, schools etc, and ran into Mr. Esposito all the time. What a guy, always gratious, cordiall and talking to me one of his constituents. He was the people's Mayor and God Bless him and my condolescences to his family.

mozartthedog:

Frank and Louise are related to me on my mother's side so I have known them all my life. When I attended college at UConn in Storrs, he always made sure I had my absentee ballot mailed to me. Then I worked for him in 1987 at Sylvan Pools where I learned the best way to satisfy customers from a politician.

The world is full of both astute politicians and nice, kind-hearted people. But nary a few people who are both--Frank was both. The city of Norwalk and possibly America has lost a man it cannot replace.

I moved from Norwalk to Oxford in 2007; but I would like to ask Mayor Moccia to ask the city council to put forth a proposal to rename the City Hall on East Avenue "The Frank Esposito Municipal Building." No man in Norwalk has been associated with that fine edifice erected in 1936 as Frank. When it housed Norwalk High School prior to 1971, Frank was part of NHS class of 1946. In 1987, when the building was converted to City Hall, he was the first mayor to call the place his office and it was his workplace for 14 years. I can't think of a finer tribute.

Rest in Peace
Scott

daniels1122:

First let me say, I knew Mayor Frank Esposito, Mrs. Esposito, Peggy and Frank jr. for as long as I can remember. I was blessed to have them in my life. They are the most human, caring will give you the shirt off their back people. Frank was a wonderful man, always made me feel like family when I would run into him, with a kiss hello, and how's the family. I will miss that awsome smile! God Bless the family at this time for such a great loss, My prayers are wtih you.
As for Barnstorm, this is a comment page for condolonces. I am going to try and be as christian as I can about this, but post your illussion opinions somewhere else! There's plenty of sights now a days to post your nonsence. Have some sympathy. May God help you. Renee Daniels

Ken P Jr:

My condolences go out to the family, Its a shame people need to leave their childish comments here.

Tim T:

well thats your opinion and you know what they say about opinions..

Barnstorm:

I was never a fan of Mayor Esposito and I'm still not, although I'm sure many adulations will be coming his way now that he has passed. He certainly did the taxpayers no favors although the perception is quite different. Our infrastructure still hasn't fully recovered from his 14-year neglect. But much of that should now fall on our current Mayor too.

Tim T:

You do make some legitimate points Barnstorm. However at least Mayor Esposito was pleasant and refined unlike Moccia the Moron.

Tim T:

Norwalk has lost the last good Republican..Its such a shame that out current mayor didn't learn anything from mayor Esposito.

Paige:

Rest in peace, Mayor Esposito. You were a kind and generous man.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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