Raymond Michael D’Ottavio, 62, passed away on November 10, 2016.
Born December 27, 1953 in Astoria, NY to Edmund and Domenica (Giuricich) D’Ottavio.
He graduated from Mater Christi High School and from The Culinary Institute of America with a degree in Culinary Arts.
On April 13,1985, he married Cheryl Larusso in Dover Plains, NY. Raymond and Cheryl raised two children together and were married for 31 years at the time of his death.
Raymond worked as an Executive Chef, specializing in senior living residences. He was artistic and gifted, winning many awards and honors in the culinary field. He dedicated his spare time to serving the community as a volunteer firefighter in both New York and Virginia for more than 30 years.
After moving to Fort Lauderdale, Raymond spent his weekends at the beach. He loved cooking, baking, and Italian culture.
Raymond was a dedicated husband and loving father, grandfather, and friend to all.
He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl D’Ottavio of Fort Lauderdale; his daughter Jennifer (Miller), her husband Ryan, and their two children- Christopher and Benjamin- all of Raleigh, North Carolina; his son Raymond Michael D’Ottavio of Fort Lauderdale; his mother Domenica D’Ottavio; brother Ernest and sister-in-law Loretta; brother David and sister-in-law Katalin; and sister-in-law Deborah, whose husband Edmund is deceased. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews and a host of longtime friends.