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'Real Santa' Ray Beesley Mourned Across NJ

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'Real Santa' Ray Beesley and owner Frank Funiciello at Hillary Street Restaurant Credits: Frank Funiciello Facebook
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WAYNE, N.J. - People all across New Jersey took to social media today to mourn the passing of Ray Beesley.

Beesley was known to many as the 'Real Santa' for his authentic year round look, jolly spirit, and the charitable things he did, such as make appearances at New Jersey Jackals games  in exchange for tickets for sick kids.

Ray Beesley of Paterson has been portraying Santa since the 1970's and gained a massive following playing Santa at the Wayne Towne Center for 18 years. He more recently played Santa at Fairfield Garden Center.

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"I have known him since my childhood from the old neighborhood. He would give you the shirt of his back" said Hillary Street owner Frank Funiciello.

"I had the opportunity to meet Ray (Santa) at Hillary Street Restaurant where he ate often, got to know him and he was always just as friendly as you would expect Santa to be. He was one of the kindest souls I knew" said Passaic Valley Board of Ed. member Sam Yodice.

Even morning anchor Kurt Siegelin of News 12 New Jersey wrote a tribute on Facebook saying "I'm thinking if his family. I am thinking of the good folks at Fairfield Garden Center. This is going to be a very tough Christmas this year. Ray you were the best!"

 

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