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    December 27, 1953 - November 10, 2016
    Raymond D’Ottavio

    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.

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    19 comments
    • Reply December 05, 2016 - 16:02 PM posted by Janine

      Cousin Raymond I wish we could see you one more time. You always made me laugh. Let Cousin Ed know that we miss him too. He needed you for a special mission it seems. Love Janine Charlie and Peter xoxo

    • Reply December 04, 2016 - 16:04 AM posted by Norma Ferrara

      I have no words. My heart is broken again. There's another angel. Rest in peace my loving cousin.

    • Reply November 30, 2016 - 16:20 AM posted by Charlotte Jackson

      I'm so sorry! My family is praying for yours.

    • Reply November 29, 2016 - 16:36 PM posted by Ernie . D

      Ray, life is not fair . You & Ed were taken from us way too soon . There's not a day that goes by that you aren't in my thoughts . Love you , always Cheryl , Jennifer , Ray . Love you all !

    • Reply November 27, 2016 - 16:30 PM posted by Rich, Mindy and Carol Ann Cheney

      We are so very sorry to hear about Ray. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for comfort. We have wonderful memories of the D'Ottavio family that will remain with us forever. Sending love and hugs your way.

    • Reply November 27, 2016 - 16:18 PM posted by Kicho Paul Locigno

      Earth has one tender soul less,
      And Heaven one angel more.
      Deep in our hearts a memory is kept
      of Ray and shall never forget.
      May you find comfort in the hands of angels.

    • Reply November 27, 2016 - 16:15 PM posted by Stefan Russell

      If he was as generous with his heart as you are Cheryl, his presence on this Earth will be remembered by many more people than you can imagine.
      My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:38 PM posted by Robert Spivak

      Wow Ray just when I needed you the most. Who will I
      Call for that special ingredient in my turkey stuffing. Who
      can I hug first thing in the morning as the sun rises on the beach.
      Who will I share that cigar carefully picked by you from one of your
      four humadors. I know who, ...........that special angel you left behind

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:12 PM posted by Josephine Lambiasi

      Shocking and tragically heartbreaking. My heart is heavy for my cousins at this most difficult time in their lives. Such a loving family, such a huge loss. My Cheryl, my Jennifer, little Ray, I am so sorry. I love you. Ray will not be forgotten in my heart and mind. May the strength of our Creator be with you all.

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:55 PM posted by Stephane and Antonio De Filippo

      We're still in disbelief. Every so often the Christmas cookies that we wait all year long for will pop in our minds and then we realize that Ray is no longer with us. He was such a good man. Always trying to help everyone. We were fortunate to have the time with him that we did. Sending tons of love to you Cheryl and your family. Xoxo

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:07 PM posted by Laura Souza

      My heart hurts - I am so sorry. My love to Cheryl, Jennifer and Raymond Jr.

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:01 PM posted by Ed DOttavio

      He was the best. He lived his life for his family. I know he's up there with dad smiling down. Sending our love to you Aunt Cheryl and to Jennifer and Ray.

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:52 PM posted by Carol MacClary

      My cousin Ray, the world is a lesser place without your sweet soul. Rest in peace, you will remain in my prayers.

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:52 PM posted by Suzanne Morse

      We were shocked and saddened to hear that we had lost a long time dear friend still so, so young and full of life. Our hearts are saddened and our thoughts are all with Ray's dear family. We were all lucky we had some wonderful experiences with him and will dearly miss his smile. Love to sweet Cheryl, Jen and Ray and grand babies and family.
      RIP Raymond D O'ttavio Sr. and God speed.

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:49 PM posted by Gigi Ojeda

      Ray you will always be in my heart ❤️
      I will never forget all the good times we had together.
      It's still hard for me to believe this happened.
      I promise to look after Cheryl and keep her going
      Strong. You were a good Man so I know God has you
      In best place .

      I Love You

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:39 PM posted by James Bain

      I am shocked and saddened to hear of our untimely loss of our beloved Ray, Senior. My heart is with your family at this difficult time. Love, Dr. James Bain, Bahama, NC

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:08 PM posted by Cheryl

      I couldn't have written a better love story for myself. I had a once in a lifetime love that was selfless and unconditional. A love that needs to last for the rest of my life. You were and will always be the love of my life.

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:04 PM posted by Jaciana Jimenez

      Praying for your family and all those touched by his life. I loved Mr.D'Ottavio and have many many fond memories! May the peace of Christ find you during this difficult time.

    • Reply November 26, 2016 - 16:02 PM posted by Jennifer Miller

      I still can't believe you are gone. I wish we could have had one last Christmas together. You will always be in my heart and I promise to always keep you alive in every moment of every day. Miss you, daddy.

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