Tributes have poured out to car dealer and philanthropist Billy Fuccillo as news of his death broke on 18 June 2021.
Billy reportedly passed away the day before (17 June) following a period of declining ill health. He was just 64 years old at the time of his death.
Many tributes to Billy Fuccillo’s passing have also mentioned his wife Cindy and son Billy Jr. Let’s take a look at the Fuccillo family and Billy Sr’s illustrious career.
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Who is Billy’s wife, Cindy Fuccillo?
Cindy Fuccillo is best known as the wife of late car dealer Billy Fuccillo Sr, born William Bruce Fuccillo.
Cindy’s real name is Cynthia and she was born Cynthia Karaffa in Skaneateles in New York. It is unconfirmed how Cindy and Billy met, or when they got married. It is thought they have been together since the 1980s, given Billy Jr will have been born in the late Eighties.
Although they have been together throughout Billy’s career, the couple managed to keep details of their private life largely private.
The couple were based in Sarasota, Florida, at the time of Billy’s death. They moved to Florida from New York to spend their later years and Billy’s retirement in the sun.
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Billy Fuccillo and wife Cindy’s family life explored
Billy and Cindy have one child, their son Billy Fuccillo Jr.
Billy Jr obtained a degree in political science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a student there from 2007 to 2011, spending a semester abroad at the University of Seville in Spain in 2009.
He later studied automotive management at NADA Academy from 2012 to 2013. Billy Fuccillo Jr took over as president of the Fuccillo Automotive Group in April 2013.
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Billy Jr follows in father’s footsteps
Like father like son, Billy Jr also ended up in the automotive industry and took over the family business. Billy Jr is currently president of the Fuccillo Automotive Group, a company his father started in the late 1980s. Billy Sr opened his first dealership in 1989, expanding the Fuccillo Automotive Group throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
Earlier this year, Billy Jr also ventured out into business on his won, opening car dealerships. This move coincided with Billy Fuccillo Sr downsizing the Fuccillo Automotive Group.