Iconic New York State Car Dealer Billy Fuccillo Passes Away
Billy Fuccillo, who cut off his trademark ads for his car dealerships by saying âIt’s gonna be Huuuuuugge, has passed away.
The Times Union in Albany, NY reported that Fuccillo died due to health complications.
Fuccillo had been in poor health for a long time. Syracuse-based Fuccillo Automotive Group is the state’s largest privately-owned dealership with branches in upstate New York and Florida.
CNY Central reports that Fuccillo died at his Florida home at the age of 64 after a long illness.
âHe was larger than life,â Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said of Fuccillo. âWhen I was asked years ago to help fund the Syracuse Police Department Memorial in downtown Syracuse, Billy was the first guy to help,â Fitzpatrick recalls.
The Syracuse Automobile Dealers Association announced Fuccillo’s death this morning in an email to members.
Fuccillo had dealerships in upstate New York and Florida.
“Fuccillo and his son, Billy Fuccillo Jr., owned several dealerships in upstate New York. In January of this year, five of the Syracuse and Rochester locations were sold to another dealership.”
He was born on Long Island and came to Syracuse to attend Syracuse University, where he graduated with a marketing degree in 1978.
After college, Fuccillo worked at various car dealerships. In 1989, he started out on his own and opened his first dealership
He is survived by his wife Cindy and his son Billy Fuccillo Jr.
Call hours will be Thursday, June 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas J Pirro Funeral Home in North Syracuse.
The funeral will be on Friday, June 25 at 11 a.m. Our Lady of Pompeii / St. St. Peter’s Church north of Syracuse. Interment will be private.
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