Rosario "Ray" Terrasi
Rosario "Ray" "Juny" Terrasi Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with colon and liver cancer on December 11, 2017 at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida at the age of 48.
Rosario is survived by his son Joseph Henry Terrasi of Palm Bay,FL; partner of 20 years Leslie Marie Martinez-Terrasi of Palm Bay, FL; step-daughter Darcye Lorraine Martinez of Palm Bay, FL; grandsons Key Irye Palermino-Bettencourt & Enosh Malachi Edward Kerr of Palm Bay FL; sister Ana Terrasi-Fortich & husband Oswaldo of Kissimmee, FL; neices and nephew; Shana Marie Buckley, husband Chris and great-niece Luna, Christine Nicole Fortich & Thalia Alexandra Fortich of Kissimmee, FL; cousins Edwin "Grande" Lopez and family; Leonardo Perez and family; Jose Louis Perez and family; Joey Terrasi and family.
He is preceded in death by his parents Rosario Terrasi Sr. & Gloria Terrasi of Orlando, FL.
Rosario Terrasi was born on September 8th, 1969 in Somerville, NJ to Rosario Terrasi Sr. & Gloria Terrasi. He graduated from Somerset County Vocational school in 1987 with a degree in programming from DeVry. Ray also received his degrees in Computer Science from Phoenix University.
Rosario grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey where he attended Lamonte School and Bound Brook Junior High School, where he pursued his love of baseball and wrestling and Somerset County Vocational school.
Rosario loved music, fishing ,wrestling and having family fun especially at the Dukes Estate. He loved the time with his cousins and the fun times they had together.
Ray met Leslie Martinez online in an AOL chat room. In 2000, Ray drove across country (New Jersey to California) in February to be closer to Leslie and her 15 year old daughter, Darcye. Ten months later, Pastor Samuel D. Floyd, married them at Leslie's home church, Abundant Life Community Church, in Grass Valley California.
After many years of praying and waiting, the couple were blessed with a son, Joseph Henry Terrasi, in 2004. Ray's greatest accomplishment was when he became a daddy. From the minute his son was born, Ray took the role of father to heart. Ray's love for Joseph was beyond measure and he passed on his greatest passions to his son.
The family were members of Abundant Life Community Church with Pastor Sam Floyd where Leslie worked in the office and Ray loved serving along with Joseph in Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. Ray also attended Christ Church of Orlando with Pastor Paul Valo where he was actively involved in the Children's Ministry and Greenway Church of Hunter's Creek with Pastor Wade Mumm and Pastor Dan where he was ministered to during his last few years battling cancer.
Ray was an exceptionally witty individual and sarcasm was definitely his love language. Along with his love of fixing computers, he enjoyed gaming, history, air soft tactical games and building war replica models. He passed along his love of gaming and history to his son spending many hours together doing what they loved. He took great comfort and happiness his last year of life spending time with his son and his grandsons Key and Enosh.
The funeral is scheduled for Friday December 22 @ 11:00 am at Beach Funeral Home; 1689 S Patrick Dr, Indian Harbour Beach, FL. and a graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm at City of Sebastian Cemetery; 1921 N. Central Ave., Sebastian, Fl 32958.
A Celebration of Life will be held the following day Saturday December 23 @ 1:30pm at Greenway Church, 3400 Hunter's Creek Blvd, Orlando, FL. Pastor Dan will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rosario's life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations for Joseph Terrasi's college fund, please contact Darcye Martinez [407-760-3088] or Marie Valentin [407-403-2853] for more information.
Condolences can be sent to 2623 Palm Place Dr NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905.
The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses & caregivers at Dr. Phillips Hospital (Dr. Karas, Dr. Katta and Dr. Kahn), Orlando Regional Medical Center, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Hospice, and William Child's Hospice House. We are forever grateful for the compassion and care he received at Hospice House and for making Ray's last year with us memorable, filled with love, compassion, and peace.