Vincent “Jim” Esposito, 101, of Princeton died on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he moved to Princeton in 1939, married his High School sweetheart, Lena (Faiello) and raised their four sons, James, Edward, Paul and Leonard. Vincent was a U.S. Army World War II Veteran, serving as a mechanic in the Persian Gulf. He was drafted in 1940, and honorably discharged in 1946.
Vincent opened his first service station in Princeton, New Jersey on Bayard Lane when he was 19. He continued to work as a mechanic, and with his brother Joe, opened his second service station in 1946 on Witherspoon Street, called Esposito Brothers. He operated the station for over 30 years. Vincent retired and sold the station to the Princeton Packet in 1980.
To keep busy, Vincent went to work at the Chamber Street Parking Garage in Princeton, where he became a long time fixture for almost 35 years. He retired at the young age of 97. Vincent loved people and loved Princeton. There wasn’t a single day, even at 101 years old, when out in town, someone would recognize him and go out of their way to say “Hi” and shake his hand. Local restaurants and business’ would call him in to visit and always treated him like a celebrity. He loved watching horse races, football and basketball games. He was a kind, sweet soul whom everyone loved. He was a walking historian of Princeton for over 80 years.
Vincent is predeceased by his parents, Vincent and Maria Esposito, 5 brothers, Ralph, Carmine,Toddy, Joseph and Michael, two sisters, Lena and Jay, his beautiful wife of 59 years, Lena (Faiello) Esposito, his sons, Edward Esposito, Paul Esposito, and Leonard Esposito, and his daughter-in-law Carole Esposito. Survived by his oldest son James Esposito, his granddaughter Kimberly Esposito-Schulz and her husband Harry, his grandson Keith Esposito and his wife Victoria, his four cherished great grandchildren, Anthony Petro, Allison Schulz, Luke Esposito and Ava Esposito, his niece Patricia Spadafino and husband Mike, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home- 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. Burial will be private at a later date. If desired, memorial donations can be made to Princeton First Aid Squad @ pfars.org in memory of Vincent Esposito.