Louis De Luca, 88 years old, dies. An educator who raised funds with one goal: to help the children of Staten Island.

  Louis De Luca, 88 years old, dies.  An educator who raised funds with one goal: to help the children of Staten Island.

His wide-ranging career also included not-for-profit fundraising, business ownership and college administration. He was a steady supporter of numerous borough charities, including Community Resources, the Boy Scouts of America and the Advance-sponsored Staten Island Children’s Campaign.

Mr. DeLuca served the last three decades as CEO of United Activities Unlimited (UAU), helping Staten Island teens and young adults set productive goals in life through skill-building programs and employment opportunities.

Highlights

  • Born in West Brighton and a longtime resident of Eltingville and then Castleton Corners, Mr. DeLuca was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Korean War.

  • He was a graduate of Port Richmond High School and Wagner College, and held a master’s degree from New York University and a doctorate from California Coast University.

Survivors include his first wife, the former Mary Ellen D’Arrigo, and their four children, Marianne Robinson (Larry), Louis DeLuca Jr. (Joey Cruz), Vivienne DeLuca and John DeLuca (Shari); a sister, Bernadette Mauch; six granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

“He will be remembered as a tireless advocate for children,” said Borough President Vito Fossella. “Lou himself was young at heart and loved children. I believe that’s why he was so passionate about providing young people with a strong foundation to succeed in life. His passing is a great loss for Staten Island.”

A son, Thomas, died in 2016 from metastatic melanoma at the age of 54.

Mr. DeLuca is also survived by his longtime life partner, Cynthia Spry; her two daughters, Jeanne Merryman (Brett) and Jennifer Spry; and four grandchildren.

Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Westlake Village, Calif., is handling arrangements. A complete obituary will follow in the Advance/SILive.com.