Richard F. Arcuri, a Bay Shore contractor who dedicated much of his time to coaching youth sports and running marathons for charity, died Friday following a work-related accident. He was 49.
Arcuri, a husband and father of three, died one day shy of his 50th birthday, said his brother Andrew Arcuri of Bay Shore.
"If you had any questions, his answer usually was 'I'll take care of it,' " Andrew Arcuri said, describing his brother as always eager to help others.
A graduate of Bay Shore High School, Richard Arcuri received his associate degree from Farmingdale State College before joining his father, Frank, in the family's contracting business, Arcuri & Sons Inc.
He married his wife, Susanne, in November 1989 and the couple remained in the Bay Shore and Brightwaters area, where they raised twins Richard Jr. and Lindsay, both now 18, and son Nicholas, 13. The family had planned to take a trip to Jamaica in July, when Arcuri and his wife were to renew their vows for their 25th wedding anniversary, his brother said.
"He's a man that any mother would pray for her daughter to marry," said his mother-in-law, Bonita Mulqueen of Bay Shore. "I have friends that would tell me that the two of them always looked so in love, like teenagers. They always had this look in their eyes."
Arcuri served as a coach for the Bay Shore Brightwaters Little League and the Bay Shore Soccer Club, his family said.
An avid runner, Arcuri completed more than 40 marathons, often alongside his three other brothers, who all trained together as a way of "staying connected," his brother Andrew said. He would also raise money for charity for various races, often raising up to $5,000 for pediatric cancer research per race.
"He always did the right thing," said his son Richard Jr.
Daughter Lindsay said her father encouraged her passion for running. She hopes to complete her first marathon in his honor.
Arcuri also is survived by his father, Frank; brothers Frank of Bay Shore and Robert of Shirley; and sisters Donna Toolan of West Islip and Gina Czaja of Bay Shore.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 9 North Clinton Ave. in Bay Shore, followed by burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Bay Shore.