Funeral services for auto dealership owner Billy Fuccillo will be held this week in Syracuse. Known for his advertisements offering “huge” savings, William Bruce Fuccillo Sr., died Thursday at the age of 65 following a long illness
and will receive funeral services locally before being buried near where he grew up on Long Island’s south shore.
Calling hours will be held between 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas J. Pirro Jr Funeral Home in North Syracuse, followed by a funeral mass on Friday at 11 am at Our Lady of Pompei/St Peter Church located in downtown Syracuse for Fuccillo who died early Wednesday morning from complications following heart surgery according to his son Nicholas (Nico) and daughter-law Katina via an email sent out this evening announcing their dad’s passing which included that “he was surrounded during his final moments with family members”. The company has 21 dealerships across New York State including locations such as Utica, Binghamton, and Buffalo along with 4 other states; Florida is one among them where they have expanded into Orlando.
John Fuccillo was born and raised on Long Island. He attended Syracuse University, where he played football as an All-American athlete. His professional life began with a job in the car industry after graduation that he found himself surprisingly good at for reasons unknown to him until now!
According to John Fuccillo’s biography posted by The Albany Times Union: “Fuccillo started selling cars after graduating from college and realized how well it suited him.” For years, his natural talent remained hidden but recently revealed itself thanks largely due to all of those long days spent haggling over prices at work.
He bought his first wholesale car business in 1981 and opened the doors to his first new store, just south of Watertown, in 1989.
Fuccillo Hyundai of Syracuse sold 2020 vehicles in one month and 500 cars on a single day. Fuccillo was so proud that his catchphrase is often heard during radio and television ads, “It’s gonna be huuuuge.”
Fuccille enjoyed golfing with friends, good food and wine (he even had an Italian restaurant named after him), sports enthusiast ship which includes owning thoroughbreds.
John Fuccillo, the owner of six dealerships in New York and Florida who sold his luxury home last year for $2.25 million because he was diagnosed with a medical condition that made him unable to work at 100% capacity; recently had two more car lots move under new ownership this month as well.
Billy Fuccillo Sr. was survived by his wife, Cindy, and son Billy Jr., who is the current president of the Fuccillo Automotive Group. He also had parents and siblings that he will not meet again at this time in heaven until they are reunited with him one day!
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