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.