Billy Fuccillo, philanthropist and legendary “Huge” car dealer, died at the age of 64.
Billy Fuccillo, the legendary “big” car dealer and philanthropist, died at the age of 64.
After years of worsening health, Fuccillo died earlier this week at his home in Florida. His wife, Cindy, and their son, Billy Jr., survive him. The date of the funeral has yet to be announced.
He started his dealership empire in Central New York and was noted for his signature television and radio commercials claiming that his deals were “going to be huuuuge.”
In upstate New York and Florida, Fuccillo and his son operated multiple dealerships. In January, five of their Syracuse and Rochester stores were sold to other dealerships.
The Syracuse Auto Dealers Association confirmed Fuccillo’s death in an email to members on Friday, writing, “It is with great regret that we tell you of the demise of former member and friend, Billy Fuccillo.”
Fuccillo was also well-known for his generous contributions to local charity.
On Friday, TV anchor Lisa Spitz tweeted, “Sad to learn of the demise of Billy Fuccillo who did a lot for the community.”
“On our broadcast on Christmas Eve in 2012, he contributed a large sum of money to a local food pantry,” she said. “May his ‘huge’ generosity be remembered as much as his commercials.”
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick told WSTM, “He was bigger than life.” “When I was asked to help fund the Syracuse Police Department memorial in downtown Syracuse a few years ago, Billy was the first person to volunteer.”
This is a developing story, and more information will be added as it becomes available.