New Bedford Philanthropist and Businessman Ray Dellecese Passes Away
It seems like I'm losing friends at a faster rate than before.
Sue Dellecese, co-owner of Cottage Street Motors, called me to say that her partner and loving husband, Raymond Dellecese, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 9 at the age of 71.
I was caught completely off guard. It was just last week Ray was on the air with us, pitching the vehicles on the lot.
For 20 years, Cottage Street Motors has served thousands of satisfied car buyers.
"But you know, you can't satisfy everyone all the time," Ray said when I was on location at the car lot, broadcasting the morning show on Veterans Day.
Ray's passing comes at a time he and his wife were talking about expanding their business and looking at moving to a larger lot.
Ray was well known for reaching deep into his pockets.
"He was the best man I've ever met in my life," Sue said. "Ray loved people and found solace in helping make dreams come true, especially for people who needed a break or second chance."
An example of his philanthropy was when the Mattapoisett YMCA was in desperate need of another van to replace a broken and older vehicle. Not enough cash was raised to buy a van, but Ray and Sue saved the moment by donating one.
Ray loved to help people, especially veterans and seniors.
Ray touched the lives of countless people. Our hearts are broken over his unexpected death, but it's also a poignant reminder of the beautiful times we shared together.
The funeral is private. Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes in New Bedford is handling the arrangements.
May Ray Dellecese's memory be eternal, as our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.