NARRAGANSETT, RI — His face has been seen in local newspaper real estate ads every week for the past two decades. He helped people make a new home a real home.

Ernie Esposito, a local real estate legend, died last week but left a lasting mark, say many friends and associates.

“This guy was amazing. He loved being a real estate agent. He was one of the kind of people who worked seven days a week and loved being around people,” said Marc Archambault, who conducted hundreds of transactions with Esposito.

“And he was a good talker,” added Archambault, an agent for nearly 50 years and who for more than 24 years competed with Esposito selling local properties.

At 80, Esposito died peacefully on January 12, 2022 surrounded by his family. He was married to Gloria C. (Auger) Esposito for 55 years and father to Michael and Mark Esposito.

And he was a father figure to many aspiring young real estate agents joining both his firm, RE/MAX Flagship in Narragansett, as well as other firms in the area.

A competitive business where both sellers and buyers have those third parties – the real estate agent – trying to get their best price on investments ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, Esposito has always had time for others .

Yes, he had competitors, say associates, but he was willing to help them learn the trade too.

More than 100 Facebook messages have entered RE/MAX, many of which recall his help and professionalism.

Annie Centracchio Craddock, a colleague, wrote: “Ernie was such a great guy. Such sad news… Thank you for always taking the time to help others.

Patricia Oliver, also an estate agent, commented: “When I first became an agent 32 years ago I called him and asked if I could take him to the cafe and pick his brains out, he said. laughed, without ego.”

RE/MAX Owner Broker Chris Tanner said, “He knew what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, when selling a home.

Energizing Bunny

Tanner said Esposito was called the “Energizer Bunny” in the office because he was always on the move.

“He had a plan. He was an engineer before he got into real estate,” she said, noting that he was known in the office to have many three-ringed spiral notebooks in which he kept lists and lists of what he was doing. he had to do every day.

These also included people he saw and met. He amassed a directory of contacts that rivaled those found in a phone book, Tanner and other colleagues said.

She credited her key selling skills to her ability to communicate and be friendly with agents, customers, and anyone who might help her with a business he loved.

Vickie Baton Edwards, a former receptionist at his office, wrote on Facebook: “You always made me smile! I always made sure you had a mini Hershey bar, Reese’s cup or some kind of chocolate on my desk for you!

“You were a force to be reckoned with!” I will miss our conversations and our laughter! Thank you for always taking the time to come say hello to me, no matter how busy you are! “, she said.

Baton added, “I will always remember you as my surrogate grandfather!”

The same friendliness came to real estate agents on the other side of a deal.

Archambault, who works at Randall Realtors in Wakefield, recalled how calls would come in to Esposito to see a listing.

“The phone was ringing. There would be Ernie’s voice. He was like, ‘Marc, I’ve got the buyer. When can we see it. The guy will take it.

“When he called you were happy to hear from him. He’s still a great guy to work with,” he added.

John Krekorian, an agent at RE/MAX and who has worked at Esposito since 1993, said he was a focused person.

“At one point we shared a small office together. We were both very focused but with different styles. He was extremely competitive like me,” he recalls.

“I finally got my own office but Ernie would walk past my door without hesitation and say cha-ching!! Warning me that he sold another one and I better go,” Krekorian said with a laugh. .

Judy Chace, Owner Broker, Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, said, “Ernie was one of a kind! He was Rhode Island’s Real Estate Energizer Bunny.

“He was always happy and kind and it was a pleasure to work with him. He was truly old school, true to his word and a dedicated fiduciary for his clients. His smiling face and quick laugh will be missed. There will never be another Ernie,” she said.