Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Elisa Esmonde passed away on Monday, July 18, 2011 after a rich life filled with many wonderful memories. One of 16 children in the Gambescia family, the embodiment of a large Italian family, she grew up in a house filled with love and laughter. She met and married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Michael, and was blessed with four beautiful children, Michele, Michael, Patrick, and Megan. Upon the marriage of each of her children, she welcomed Travis, Alycia, Helena, and John into the clan as if they were her own. Her kids were the light and joy of her life, that is, until the arrival of her beloved grandchildren: Jordan, Ezabella, Davis, and sweet Thomas. She loved her children and grandchildren fiercely, and had a little left to spare, so she adopted two very lucky dogs, Besse and Missy who never wanted for anything from the moment she took them in. Before she was a loving and devoted mother, Lisa led an adventurous life. she was a hospital nurse in Philadelphia. She rode motorcycles and even entered a drag race in her mother's station wagon! She did concert lighting locally in Philadelphia and was a touring wardrobe tech for Elton John and Jethro Tull. She worked on a lobster boat off the waters of Cuba. She was a seriously good softball player and was said to be a better athlete than her husband. She embraced life and lived it to the fullest. Lisa was young at heart, loved the beach, long walks with the dogs, and as anyone who ever had the pleasure of dining out wit her knew, loved unsweetened ice tea with lots of ice and a bowl of lemons. Her smile could light up a room, as it always did when she volunteered in Guest Services at Arnold and Winnie Palmer Hospital, and the Lisa Merlin House. She kept the Florida Esmonde streak of working at Universal Studios Florida by driving the employee tram and running the mail room.
Please join us in celebrating 59 years of family and friends at Holy Family Catholic Church on Friday July 22, 2011. Visitation will be at 1:00 pm followed by a Funeral Mass at 2:00 pm. Lisa wishes to be cremated so there will be no burial.
Friday, July 15, 2011
My daddy, our warrior, a husband, father, son, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend. Five and a half years ago my daddy was diagnosed with multiple Myeloma. But that in no way stopped him from being who he was and always will be. A WARRIOR. Ask anyone who knew my dad to describe him and they will all tell you the same thing. He was a jokester. He was always making people laugh. He was the center of attention whenever we had a gathering and even when it was just the family in the house. He was latin lover, latino heat, and supernova all balled up into one! The man who no woman could resist. We would say potato, he would say potatoe, tomato, tomatoe. Instead of saying your food is getting cold he would always say your food is getting hot. There was not one day my dad wouldn't put a smile on my face. He made my mom happy for 24 beautiful years. I know my dad loved my mom with every ounce of love and affection he had in him. He knew exactly how to keep a relationship together and also how to keep a family together and strong. he would always remind us to give each other a kiss on the cheek before you leave and when you get home. Always tell your loved ones, "I love you." He was the kindest soul in the world. But be careful because if he felt something wasn't right he would definitely let you know until you, without a doubt, got his point across loud and clear. Nobody messed with his family that is for sure. He taught my brother and I if something was wrong speak your mind and tell them who's boss. Definition of a warrior. Always had a smile on his face even when you knew he was in pain. Although my dad might have lost his battle with cancer, I say he was a survivor. Never once did he let his cancer bring him down. He was determined to keep a positive attitude and never give up faith in our Lord. I know he was fighting not only for himself but for my mom, brother and I. He lived to see both of us kids go through elementary, middle, and our high school graduations. He taught us how to drive and get our driver's licenses. I remember him always telling me, "Nati always leave enough space between you and the car in front of you. If you can't fit another car in between you then you're too close. He got to spend my brother's 19th birthday and my 21st birthday. He watched his kids go from kids to adults. My daddy was named the perfect name - Angel. An angel sent all the way from heaven to touch our lives in such a special way that his legacy will be carried on forever. N one who knew my father will ever forget that loving, joking, charismatic personality of his. He is in heaven now. Back where he belongs to shine on all of us and remind us that he is okay. He is not in pain and he doesn't want us to cry over his death. We will always remember him in a positive, cheerful and upbringing light. This is how he should and will be remembered.