ASHTABULA — R. Jacob Sposito, age 36, of Walnut Blvd., died Sunday, August 18, 2013, in the Hospice Unit of Ashtabula County Medical Center after a courageous nineteen month battle with brain cancer.
He was born Jan. 21, 1977, in Ashtabula, the son of Robert D. and Margaret (Madar) Sposito and had been a lifetime area resident. He was a graduate of Ashtabula Harbor High School and received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Cum Laude from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, N.Y.
Jake owned and operated the Harbor Perk Coffee House and Roasting Company on Bridge Street in Ashtabula. He worked hard and enjoyed the revitalization of Bridge Street in the Ashtabula Harbor. He also enjoyed his garden and hiking.
Surviving him are his parents of Ashtabula; his wife, Kelly (Christopher) Sposito whom he married Sept. 6, 2003; his son, Niko Sposito; his maternal grandmother, Malvina Madar of Ashtabula; a brother, Ryan Sposito and a sister, Lauren (Jason) Gloekler, both of Ashtabula.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Ann Sposito; maternal grandfather, Paul E. Madar; and an aunt, Patricia Sposito.
A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, August 22nd, in the yard overlooking the Lake of Ren and Toni Carlisle’s, 4005 Edgewater Dr., Ashtabula, with Ven. Shih Ying-Fa, Abbot of CloudWater Zendo of Cleveland, officiating. Parking and shuttle service available from northeast corner of Kent State University Ashtabula parking lot.
Following the Memorial Service, a Celebration of Jake’s Life will be at observed at the home of Ren and Toni Carlisle until 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or to Ashtabula County Medical Center Foundation, in memory of Jacob Sposito, 2420 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. The Ashtabula Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 526 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements.
Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com and starbeacon.com.