Obituaries

Ronald Fay

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Born: November 14, 1945

Died: May 31, 2015

Services: First Bible Church Friday, June 5, 2015 10:00AM

Visitation: Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home Wednesday, June 3, 2015 & Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 2-5 & 7-9PM

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Ronald Fay, 69, of Tottenville, a retired FDNY firefighter, U.S. Navy veteran and family man who was known as Mr. South Shore Babe Ruth League for his tireless advocacy for the league, died Sunday in Staten Island University Hospital, Prince's Bay.

The lifelong Staten Islander was born and raised in Charleston and graduated from Tottenville High School, where he played varsity baseball. He settled in Tottenville 32 years ago.

Mr. Fay served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1966, stationed aboard the guided missile heavy cruiser USS Boston.

He was a member of AMVETS.

Mr. Fay was a fixture in the South Shore Babe Ruth League. He was president at the time of his death, and had been vice president and district commissioner. He was a major fundraiser, vital in the construction of a second field and new lighting system, and a staunch supporter of youth baseball programs.

Ronnie always cared about one thing -- the kids playing ball -- and gave so much of his life to the league, said Matt MacKittrick, commmissioner of the SSBRL and Cal Ripkin League.

There are very few people these days who will give the time and energy that he put in. Nobody can ever fill his shoes, MacKittrick added.

Mr. Fay loved being a member of the Umpires Association.

He was an FDNY firefighter from 1974 until 1999, when he retired as a chauffeur for the Battalion 31 chief at Engine Co. 207/Ladder Co. 11 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Prior to that, he had a diverse career, working for Procter & Gamble at Port Ivory; S.S. White at its former dental plant in Prince's Bay; the Narcotics Addition Control Commission on the Island; the NYPD, and the city Department of Correction at Rikers Island and the state Corrections Department at the former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility.

Mr. Fay was a big Elvis Presley fan and had visited Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.

He was so much fun, always having a good time, and so goodhearted, helping people constantly, said his daughter-in-law, AynMarie D'Arrigo. And he was a doting grandfather and close to his 11 nieces and nephews.

Mr. Fay was a member of First Bible Church, Pleasant Plains.

Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Marjorie D'Arrigo; his stepsons, Lawrence and Anthony D'Arrigo; his brothers, Paul and Patrick, and six grandchildren.

The funeral service will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home, Tottenville. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.

Cemetery: Resurrection Cemetery (Staten Island) (Map)

Location: Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home (Map)

Church: First Bible Church (Map)



Posted at: 6/4/2015 9:48:31 AM By:

Colleen Truex

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Sending prayers and hugs ♡ Uncle Ronnie you were loved so much from all the people u knew. My mom has you back with her now. Your sister loved you dearly,we all did. Give grandmom and my mom a hug and kiss. Y'all will be missed. Rip Uncle Ronnie ♡♡♡♡

Posted at: 6/2/2015 10:08:06 AM By:

Anonymous

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So sorry for everyone's loss....I know u will be watching down on us and those babe Ruth baseball fields. I will be bringing my new born son to those fields one day and telling him some of the stories u shared with us. Rest well u will truly be missed.....

Posted at: 6/2/2015 5:47:31 AM By:

Bonnie Kilichowski

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My godfather -I am so sorry I can't be there. You are such an amazing man. You have done so many wonderful things for so many people. You have touched and shaped more lives than you know. You ate missed so greatly. I love you and know you will watch over and protect me.