David Richard Jacaruso passed away on January 28, 2021. David was born on July 28, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY to his parents Richard Jacaruso and Elizabeth Iadarola. He is survived by his loving wife Marie; his five children (and six grandchildren): Cara, David, Christine (Anthony and Amanda), Dina (Nicholas, Justin and Matthew), and Mark (Anthony); his brother Danny and sister-in-law Marcella; and the family dog, Ruby. Many hearts are broken and he will be greatly missed.
David was a true Leo. He was strong, brave, loyal and dynamic, and he loved his family and friends fiercely. He was charismatic and generous to all — with his heart, praise, affection, expertise, time and attention. David had a great sense of humor and enjoyed laughing out loud with tears in his eyes. Nothing made David happier than having his family around, and if they weren’t close by, he always called or texted “just to see what you’re ‘doin’.”
Growing up near Fort Greene Park and in East New York shaped David’s life in every way. He attended Queen of All Saints, St. Malachy’s School and Franklin K Lane. He always looked back fondly on his childhood having grown up in such close proximity to his cousins, uncles, and aunts on the corner of Adelphi Street and Myrtle Avenue, and then in Highland Park. There are epic stories of the family gathering for meals; playing stoop ball and kick the can in the street; and wearing down his one pair of summer Keds until they had holes in the soles. Decades later, the cousins still laugh together and carry on like kids.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Urban Health and a Master’s Degree in Quantitative Analysis from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. He also completed a two year specialized Hospital Administration Residency Program at Columbia University. Throughout his life, David was constantly coming up with innovative ideas, or looking to assist anyone in bringing theirs to life. This entrepreneurial mindset had been with him from an early age, when he would sell hall passes in high school. He started out as a corporate analyst at Citibank, and then became a hospital administrator at Brookdale (Hospital) Medical Center. He co-founded and brought public two healthcare industry companies – one on the New York Stock Exchange and the other on the American Stock Exchange. He most recently operated a property management business, working in friendship with his associates and customers.
David was a natural leader. His Brooklyn accent, mannerisms and charm gave him such a presence that you respected and wanted to hear the wisdom that he so effortlessly shared. He was a great mentor to many and always wanted to humbly help the next guy. David never forgot his Brooklyn roots which taught him the value of family, hard work, and having a sense of humor about life. David is the definition of a true Renaissance Man.
At 76 years young, David had so much life and energy in him. He would rise daily, well before dawn, and do his research on the stock market or whatever was driving his curiosity at the moment. He was so up on his current events and politics that you had to be a skilled debater to get anything past him. David exercised regularly and was enjoying getting back into golf and participating in tournaments with his wife and golf partner, Marie. He loved scooting up to the driving range in his golf cart in the afternoon and sneaking in a hotdog at the club concession. He enjoyed sitting out on the lanai watching golfers play their way through the 12th hole, and he would often say, “This is paradise. What more could you want?”
It is an impossible task to summarize in a handful of paragraphs our life well lived with David. There was so much more to come. Forever present with us in our hearts. Ave Maria. Cheers to my love, Marie