James V. Esposito, 92, of North High Street, East Haven, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the Branford Hills Health Care Center with his devoted son Jimmy by his side. He was the husband of the late Ann Cusano Esposito. Born in New Haven on July 26, 1920; son of the late Anthony and Mary Vollano Esposito. Jim worked for the former Mory’s Restaurant in New Haven; ran several country clubs in the area and in 1959 became the owner and operator of the Foxon Country House(now the Country House Restaurant) East Haven which was also a very popular nightclub on the weekends. During that time Jim introduced and managed many local musical talents, some of which later entertained in Las Vegas. In the early 1960’s, Jim was a Connecticut representative of the Flamingo Hilton of Las Vegas; at that time he ran numerous monthly junkets for many, many people throughout the state. In the 1970’s he also became a representative of Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City where he also ran numerous junkets. Throughout his illustrious Las Vegas career, Jim rubbed elbows with many great entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lucille Ball and Fats Domino just to mention a few. One of his best friends, who could have passed for his twin brother was the late Buddy Hackett. Beloved father of James A. Esposito, Ricky Esposito, Marina and Francesca. Uncle of Olivia Quiello. Also survived by two very special people, Renee Richardson and her son Jack; many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by many brothers and sisters. James was a loving father and a great friend to many, he will truly be missed.
His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Monday morning at 9:15. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 9:30. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. The visiting hours will be Sunday from 3 to 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Branford Hills Health Care Center Memorial Trust Fund, 189 Alps Rd., Branford, CT 06405.