Louis V. Cecchini passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Newton Medical Center on Sunday, September 17, 2023. He was 84 years old.
Born in New York City, NY to the late Louis and Bridget Cecchini, Lou grew up in Yonkers, NY.
In his senior year of high school, Lou met the love of his life, Arline Lotz, while tending to her car as a gas station attendant. The two locked eyes, and have been together ever since!
Shortly after graduation, Lou enlisted in the US army and served his country honorably. He served from 1957 through 1963. Following his military service, Lou then attended and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC as a tailor.
Lou married Arline in 1960 and the two began their family in West Nyack, New York. Together they shared 63 years of love, laughter, and family.
An ad in the newspaper, offering a business opportunity, brought the couple to Wantage Township in 1968. It was then that Lou opened Betty Brite Cleaners in Sussex and two years later, moved his family to the Wantage home they still own today. Lou was known for his integrity and proudly ran his business for 40 years, expanding it, at one point, to seven locations. Upon his retirement, he began delivering for Napa Auto Parts in Sussex – a part time job that allowed him to continue to share his gift of gab and love of people.
To that end, Lou loved serving his community and making lasting relationships. He was a former Chief and exempt member of the Sussex Fire Department and First Aid Squad having served 50 years with the department. Lou was also a former member of the High Point Regional High School Board of Education, a member of the Sussex Elks Lodge #2288, as well as the Sussex Kiwanis. Having a passion for cars, Lou was also a founding member of the Sussex NJ Wanderers Car Club.
Lou was a devoted member of the Sussex United Methodist Church, Sussex, NJ where he attended bible study groups as well as services every Sunday. Lou loved his Lord and Savior and could also be found in the pews or parking lot praying quietly whenever he felt the call.
But family was always most important! And for as busy as he was, his family never felt it. From his seat at the head of the dinner table, there was always time for lingering dinner conversation. Lou was the devoted father of 4 children and had enough love for their spouses too. He was the loving father of; Lou Cecchini and his wife Sherri, Michael Cecchini and his wife Cheryl, Lisa and her husband Arthur Frisbie and Michelle and her husband Scott Valentine. His heart only grew bigger with his 10 grandchildren and then their spouses. He was the cherished Papa of; Louie Cecchini (Dani), Kevin Cecchini (Jen), Heather Freeland (Patrick), Michael Cecchini jr., (Alissa), Heather Toledo (Juan), Brittany Boyle (Matthew), Ashley Caine (Denis), Chad Frisbie, Darius Valentine, Vanessa Valentine, and Marissa Valentine. He was then blessed with 17 great grandchildren.
Lou is predeceased by his parents, his brother Ronnie Cecchini of Godeffroy, NY and his sister Arline Binnie of Tequesta, Florida.
A visitation for Lou will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at the Sussex Fire Department, 25 Loomis Ave, Sussex NJ 07461 from 4PM – 8PM with a fireman’s service at 7PM. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 22, 2023 at 10AM at the Sussex Fire Department. Burial to follow at Clove Cemetery, Wantage, NJ. Donations may be made to either the Sussex Fire Department or Sussex United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home, 27 Third Street, Sussex, NJ.
If you would like to learn more about the extraordinary life of Mr. Cecchini, the family invites you to watch a documentary of his life at www.EternalStoriesLLC.com