Salvator (Sammy) Esposito, 96, formally of Erie, Pennsylvania and Cincinnati, Ohio quietly departed this life after a brief illness on September 19, 2018, at St. James Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carrabelle, Florida. Sammy was born in Erie, PA to the late Frank Esposito and Marie Picardo Esposito.
Sammy was loved by so many for his generous spirit and pleasant personality. His positive influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew him. He was the true symbol of patriotism. Sammy loved, served, and honored his country. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the 551st Heavy Pontoon Engineers Division of the U.S. Army. He served honorably from 1942-1945, fighting for his country and building bridges in France, Germany, and Central Europe for General Patton's 3rd Army.
He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, and the French Legion of Honor Medal.
Sammy thoroughly enjoyed cooking, baking, playing bingo and cards with his friends, and later in life, he enjoyed calling bingo at the senior centers in Erie, PA. Sammy visited Las Vegas many times with his wife, Frances, where he enjoyed playing Black Jack and the slot machines. He loved animals and was very fond of his three cats, Sam, Queenie, and Louie. Sam always enjoyed company and Western movies were his favorite. Sammy spent a great deal of time with his daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters. He vacationed in Cincinnati and Florida with them year after year, and he lived the final year of his life in the sunshine state. He was known and will always be remembered by his granddaughter's, great-grandchildren, and many friends, as Pappy.
Salvator is survived by his loving daughter, Debbie (Esposito) Sterbling (Mark), his beloved granddaughters, Jessica Robinson (Lee), Rachael Slone (Jeremy), Christina Abrahams (Brian), and precious great-grandchildren, Daphne Robinson and Colton Abrahams as well as nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Salvator was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Nicholas) Esposito, siblings, Michael Manna and Marie (Esposito) Markham, and step-siblings, Mary (Manna) Marasco, Marietta (Manna) Weaver, Carmella (Manna) Johnson Benner, Carmen Manna, Fred Manna, Steve Manna, Rose Marie (Manna) Marsowicz, and Antonetta (Manna) Perry.
The family of Salvator Esposito wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to St. James Health and Rehabilitation Center and Sacred Heart on the Gulf Hospital for the love and care shown to Salvator during his final days.
A full military honors ceremony will be held to honor the life of World War II veteran, Salvator Esposito, at the Tallahassee National Cemetery on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 2PM.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Forbes Funeral and Cremation Services, 2758 Coastal Hwy., Crawfordville, Florida, 32327. 850-926-4407. Please sign the online guestbook at www.forbesfuneralandcremationservices.com
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