David Riccio passed away peacefully surrounded by all his immediate family on June 30th 2021 at the age of 68, he calmly entered the heavenly domain of the lord next to his loving and caring son, David Louis Riccio Jr and wife Elizabeth Riccio.
David Riccio was born on July 30th 1952 to Louis Riccio (1907 – 1983) and Ersillia “Elsie” Riccio nee D’addario (1910 – 2005) in Jersey City, NJ. David came from a family of an upper echelon of reputation within the city of Jersey City as his father Louis Riccio was the second Nissan car dealership in the United States, called Ricks Nissan Auto Sales his mother came from a family of tailors. David grew up the catholic way, attending only the best of schools that Jersey City had to offer including, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Grammar School and Marist Catholic High School. He was an altar boy throughout grammar school and always remembered by his peers as a most studious boy working for hours on end memorizing catechism questions.
Talent was very much instilled in the Riccio blood and when David saw The Beatles at 12 years old, he had to get all their records and soon after went to Piros Music School in New Jersey learning how to read music and play the guitar, he went they’re with his nephew Kenneth Riccio. As he grew older instead of working for his father right out of high school on the car lot, he decided to take on life by learning all kinds of different trades from construction to delivery man for a large printing company and to even going back to school for mechanics learning how a car operates eventually using these skills to join his father on the car lot as a car salesman. It was there that David learned to hone his skills as a natural born businessman starting multiple profitable businesses along the way as well as smart investments too. He started a car wash business, car rental business, owned an apt building which he later sold, bought a delicatessen and even designed plans for a subdivision which in his fathers’ dedication upon his passing, he named the street Louis Dr, in his honor. David also became a General Contractor and built several houses in the Point Pleasant area; this was due in part of his additional skill as a carpenter as well. Cops in the Jersey City, NJ area knew him well and the family business Ricks Nissan Auto Sales and would call David as he rode by “Hollywood” owing to his incredible looks and penchant for acquiring exquisite fast cars even motorcycles as well.
An avid songwriter, David penned many of his own original music of which he would later record professionally in recording studios surrounding the Jersey City, NJ area even landing a famous musician, Andy Newmark, John Lennon’s drummer on his last album “Double Fantasy”, to drum for him on one of his songs called “Time Has Taken The Heroes” written as a dedication song to Elvis Presley and John Lennon. Music was his life and passion as well as being a businessman. By his mid 30’s he decided to move down to Florida with his mother to get away from the cold weather eventually arriving in Daytona Beach, FL where he bought an old coquina building in Ormond Beach and once fixed up, became an Ace Hardware store for a while and later sold to The Salty Church. He was also a daycare owner, a moving company owner & operator and a restaurant owner as well.
He will be remembered for his incredible willpower, his affable yet fierce personality, magnanimous presence, quick wit and his highly intelligent prowess to discuss any topic at hand. He was an everyman type of guy that could hold his own with any and all walks of life always being proud of his Italian heritage but his greatest and most valuable accomplishment of all is being a father to his only son David Louis Riccio Jr. He will be missed by all of the lives that he has touched throughout his lifetime including his son.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4:00PM Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place, 1185 W. Granada Blvd. #11, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Graveside services will be held at 1:00PM Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Daytona Memorial Park, 1425 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.