In Memory of Billy Esposito

The organization was launched as a direct result of the death of Billy Esposito on September 11, 2001.

Billy Esposito was born in Brooklyn, New York, to parents Susan and Michael Esposito and joined older brother Michael. He attended John Jay High School, graduating in 1968. While in high school he worked part time at Walston & Co. in the P & S department and at Simco Shoes in downtown Brooklyn, where his wife Stevie’s dad, Seymour, was his boss.


Budd Lake, NJ, was where Billy met his wife Stevie, and where they spent summers together since they were ten years old. Billy’s parents and Stevie’s grandparents owned summer homes near one another. They began dating at 15 years old and were married on September 16, 1972, at Terrace On The Park. They lived in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and in 1975 they bought a home in Bellmore, Long Island, where the family still resides.


On December 10, 1975, their son, Craig, was born and on February 9, 1978, their daughter, Susan, followed. Billy’s relationship with both his children was one that most people dream about. They shared a mutual love, admiration and respect. Their bond was unbreakable. He was their best friend and confidant and they knew there was nothing he wouldn’t do for them.


As a friend and colleague, Billy earned the nickname Scoop, as he was always the person that knew what was going on. Billy always had a smile on his face and treated everybody like they were part of his family. He always made everyone feel welcome. Whether it was holidays, parties or just a normal family dinner, he always opened his home and family to his friends and colleagues. He rarely spoke about himself, as he was always concerned about everyone else. He was always there for his friends and colleagues – and there are many of them. His generosity, love, compassion and integrity are forever missed. For more about what a special a person Billy was, visit his employee tribute on the Cantor Fitzgerald Memorial website.


The foundation was launched with the support of Billy’s countless personal and professional contacts who helped assemble a solid board of directors, event committee members and others with tremendous business and philanthropic experience as well as strong contacts within the New York Metro Area. These people helped build the organization to carry on Billy’s legacy. If you would like to help us with our efforts or get more information on becoming involved, please make a donation or email us at