Syracuse, N.Y. — Billy Fuccillo, a vehicle vendor best recognised for touting “HUGE” promotions in radio and Television set ads, died Thusday at age 65.
Fucillo died at his home in Sarasota, Florida, according to his lawyer, Robert Scalione. Scalione did not know the bring about of demise, but reported Fuccillo had been sick.
Calling several hours will be 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas J. Pirro funeral dwelling. A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Our Girl of Pompei/St. Peter’s Church, Syracuse.
Fuccillo grew up on Extended Island and went to Syracuse College in 1974 on a football scholarship.
Following graduation, he took a work as a used automobile salesman, doing the job for Sam Dell and Bill Rapp. He moved into vehicle wholesaling, then opened Fuccillo Autobrokers, Inc., offering utilised cars from a good deal on West Genesee Avenue. In 1989, he scored his 1st dealership, a Mitsubishi franchise in Watertown.
He went on to head a 26-retailer auto empire in New York and Florida, according to The Write-up-Standard’s archives.
In 1991, the Billy ads exploded across Central New York.
Fuccillo is most effective recognized for his frequent television ads, touting “Y-U-U-G-ah” bargains on motor vehicles.
It turned a Syracuse catch-phrase. Men and women stopped him for autographs and photos and requested him to say the text.
“When I’m accomplishing what I’m accomplishing, I truly feel like I’m on phase,” he stated in a 1996 profile in The Publish-Regular.
Fuccillo was a true showman.
He the moment hired daredevil stunt guy Robbie Knievel to fly his motorbike more than 26 cars and trucks at Fuccillo’s dealership in the Jefferson County town Adams to market a sale.
Friend and fellow vehicle supplier Michael J. Romano described Fuccillo as intelligent, hardworking and “classy as classy can be.”
Fuccillo experienced to market heavily when he began out to entice prospects from Syracuse and Utica to invest in cars from him in Adams. “He bought a large amount of men and women up there and it built him a effective man,” mentioned Romano, an operator of Romano Auto Dealerships.
In 2012, Fuccillo stopped appearing in his advertisements, fueling rumors that he experienced died.
He responded to the rumors in an interview with Syracuse.com, expressing he was chaotic commencing new auto dealerships in Florida.
“People that know me, know the human being I am and what I do for the communities,” Fuccillo said. “This is folks starting nonsense.”
Earlier this calendar year, Fuccillo bought his 3 dealerships in the Syracuse place and two in the Rochester place to Vestal-based mostly Matthews Car Group. He marketed his two Kia dealerships in Florida in September.
Last fall, he bought his $2.5 million home in Cape Coral, Florida.
A previous Fuccillo employee was billed in March with thieving about $1 million from the Fuccillo Automobile Team.
Point out police reported accountant Joseph A. Pompo was doing the job as Fuccillo’s director of taxation and finance previous calendar year when he stole the cash. Pompo designed a business underneath owner Billy Fuccillo Sr.’s identify to pocket the money, police claimed.
— Michelle Breidenbach contributed to this tale
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