David Jacaruso

Died: January 28, 2021
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Melissa Battaglia
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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

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Timeline for David Jacaruso

August 13, 2016
Family Get Together in NYC
Family Get Together in NYC
November 27, 2019
NYC Thanksgiving Fun Family Memories 2018 & 2019
NYC Thanksgiving Fun Family Memories 2018 & 2019
November 26, 2019
147 Bleecker St Family Get Together
147 Bleecker St Family Get Together
January 31, 2013
1st time at Disney with the kids
1st time at Disney with the kids
April 1, 2019
Easter Vacation – Parasailing
Easter Vacation – Parasailing
Died: January 28, 2021

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The staff of Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory.


Richard Goldstein posted on 5/13/21

Marie So sorry. I learned so much from David and have been meaning to contact him forever. Rich Goldstein


bruce klein posted on 4/21/21

Marie, Sorry to hear. Always better to hear good things. Bruce


Justine Kent posted on 3/31/21

Marie, Cara, David and family, we are so saddened by the loss of your David - may God hold him in the palm of his hand forever. Sending you love, Justine, Nolan and Chase


Frank Baudo posted on 2/22/21

May your soul rest in peace David. Let’s hope to all meet again on the other side.


Cynthia posted on 2/12/21

I didn't know David well but he was always kind, courteous, and positive. I'm so sorry for his passing. I will miss him. Cynthia


Florence Castrogiovanni posted on 2/10/21

May you RIP you were a kind man when I was a teenager hanging out with your daughter Dina you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts you are leaving behind a beautiful Legacy


Debbie Graziosi posted on 2/7/21

Marie, Cara, David and Family I am praying that the Lord will hold you up in this most difficult time. Hold onto the beautiful memories that will bring joy in your remembrance of David. May he Rest In Peace 🙏


Debbie Graziosi posted on 2/7/21

In memory of David Jacaruso, Debbie Graziosi lit a candle


Kathleen secreti posted on 2/6/21

We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences. The secreti family


Tom Kelly posted on 2/6/21

Quite a great guy and a greater friend RIP 🙏


Patricia La Barca posted on 2/5/21

Dear Christine, Marie, and Family, I will always remember our interesting conversation at Thanksgiving and how welcomed he made us feel. David truly was a special person and I can see so loved by many. Wishing you all peace and comfort during this difficult time. Please know that you are all in my thoughts, and in my prayers.


Tom Kelly posted on 2/5/21

RIP to a quite a great guy and real great friend 🙏


Christine La Barca posted on 2/5/21

Missing you isn’t the problem.. It’s knowing you’re never coming back that’s killing me. My dearest funniest dad.. you brought so much love and laughter to mine, Anthony and Amanda’s life. You will always be the funniest grandpa ever! They loved you immensely as I know you loved them. I’m so glad you were a part of their lives. We will cherish ALL the memories that I’m so thankful we have and always keep you alive in our hearts forever and ever. You were taken way to soon and we had so many more memories to make together. Please watch over us and know that there’s a huge part of our hearts missing. We love you .. Christine, Anthony and Amanda


Yvette Burton posted on 2/5/21

May his life always be a blessing.♥️🙏🏽


Diane Braccia posted on 2/5/21

Dear Marie and Family Our hearts are filled with sadness for the untimely loss of DAVID. May your beautiful memories sustain and bring comfort to you all. David was an extraordinary person. We enjoyed so many happy times together over the years. He was a very hospitable man and most happy when family was together. He was so proud of his wife Marie and all his children and grandkids. He always talked about all their accomplishments but so humble about all of his own. Whenever we got together fun and laughter ensued. It will be hard to think of life without him but may the memories of his bright spirit strengthen and surround you in this difficult time. You are in our prayers and we wish you and your family our deepest condolences. We love you. Diane, Peter, David, Brooke & Debbie


Lisa Gagliardotto posted on 2/5/21

Sending prayers to your family and friends. May your grieving be lightened by your beautiful memories that should be cherished forever.


MC Benintende posted on 2/5/21

We are so sad for you and your family. We remember meeting at Cara’s senior party at Fordham. We could tell David was a fun loving father and partner. What a terrible loss. We wish you strength to get through this trying time and a future that brings less pain and beautiful memories. We wish you peace, Jack & MC Benintende (Kelly’s dad and mom)


Eileen Masciarelli posted on 2/5/21

Marie , I am so sad to hear about David and very sorry for your loss . I only met David a few times and remember he was one dynamic man. I will keep you and your family in my prayers . May David R.I.P. Eileen Masciarelli


Lenny LoCastro posted on 2/5/21

It is with deep sorrow to learn of David's passing. He has been a friend to our familiy for many years and I personally will miss our conversations about business and life. Our deepest condolences to Marie, his immediate familiy and all his loved ones. May God Bless and keep him well, The LoCastro Family


Holly posted on 2/5/21

I’m so sorry for your loss Dina! Very Much love for you❤️


Melissa Battaglia posted on 2/5/21

In memory of David Jacaruso, Melissa Battaglia lit a candle


Melissa Battaglia posted on 2/5/21

David Heaven will have a special Angel!!🙏🏻🙏🏻😘😘 Melissa


Dina posted on 2/5/21

I love you and miss you dad


Patricia Hickey posted on 2/5/21

Our deepest sympathy to my daughter Marie and the children and grandchildren. So many fond memories of holidays together ❤. Dave was alwatoo the one you could talk to about anything, always offered a helping hand and was fun just hanging out with. He adored Marie and was so proud of his children. I was so happy that they finally settled into their forever home for a wonderful retirement life. Gone too soon. We will miss you. Love Mom and John


Brian Gaffney and family posted on 2/5/21

My heart and family prayers go out to the entire Jacaruso family. Big Dave was a great man, great father, and brother in law. Memories will always be coming to the house for holidays and gatherings. His infectious smile and huge amount of love will always be remembered and cherished. My family would like to extend much love and prayers for Marie, Cara, David and family. So very sorry for your loss and may his memory bring your heart some ease in this time of great loss.


Madonna Lovett Repeta & Wayne Repeta posted on 1/31/21

Dear Marie, We are so saddened to hear of David’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Madonna & Wayne


Barbara Marchese posted on 1/30/21

Growing up, David was loved by all the cousins. He was always full of life and laughter. We all shared special family times together back then. I thank God for those times and the wonderful memories. My heartfelt sympathy to Marie and the family and I will remember all of you in my prayers.


Drs. John &Maureen Sanger posted on 1/29/21

David-always smiling. Loved life. Loved his family. He was loved by all his cousins and will be missed. He has gone ahead and has been reunited with those who preceded us. Imagine the joy last night when he arrived. It remains now for us to comfort each other. With love to Marie and his children.