It is with a heavy heart that we, the family of Dell A. Molloy, of Forked River, NJ, must bear the news that at the young age of 54 years, Dell succumbed to his long battle with cancer and passed away Thursday August 6, 2020, with his beloved wife, Deborah, by his side.
Dell was born on July 23, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York. In his early teenage years, Dell learned from his father, John, the very valuable trade of drywall contracting. In a very short time it would be the means for this young father to provide for his children John, Christine, and Jeremy. As a single father and strong commitment to excellence, Dell became a well-respected and cherished family man. He later moved on to working in hotel management working his way up to a ranking position at a prominent hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. During this change he moved to New Jersey and met the love of his life, Deborah, whom he married on July 9, 2004, and also became a cherished father to Deborah’s daughter, Nicole. He finally began working with the skills he learned earlier in life as it made for more time at home with his beloved family. Dell was a well-known and dedicated drywall contractor for Local 1976 DC 711 working for over 20 years with Nicholas Mancini & Co. and Anderson Interior Contracting. He strived for perfection and this was seen blatantly in his work. He passionately worked to provide for his family in several different fields and excelled in all of them.
Those who knew Dell would describe him as the toughest man they knew. He was the epitome of a “man’s man” who was funny, charming, loving, and charismatic. He had an innate skill to motivate anyone into doing what was necessary. He wouldn’t stop until he was proud and he made sure you did the same. He had overcome great adversity in life with the ability to get through it unscathed and somehow, came out a stronger man. During these obstacles in life, whether they were career changes or health issues, he was always able to be a generous provider to the most important people in his life, his family. Dell had a favorite quote in which it was truly apparent in the way he lived his life; “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.”
Dell had many passions in life including fast cars, specifically his Pontiac Trans am(s), the Chevrolet Corvette and most recently his prized red Cadillac. He was the Jack of all Trades, there was nothing he couldn’t tackle. He loved a good round of golf, was an avid New York Yankees fan, and watch aficionado. He was a straight shooter who never sugarcoated anything and was someone you could always rely on to tell you the truth. He was the type of guy you could always count on to help you with anything and he would make sure it was done the right way. The greatest love of his life was his family, all other things paled in comparison. He would fight to provide and protect them no matter the circumstance. One of the most evident examples of this is the most recent addition to the Molloy family, Rocco the Rottweiler. One of his happiest days was when he became a grandfather to Adrianna, then again to Giuliana, and most recently, in his final days, Harper, born on the same day as Dell, July 23. He was also anxiously awaiting the birth of his first grandson, expected in October by his daughter Christine. His grandchildren absolutely adored their “Pop-Pop” and loved to spend as much time with him as they could.
He now joins his grandparents, Elsie and Warren Rothschild and his father John Molloy in heaven. He is survived by his loving wife Deborah Molloy of Forked River, NJ. Parents Nancy and Charles Mathis of Waretown. NJ sons, John Molloy of Philadelphia, PA, and Jeremy Molloy of Brick, NJ. His daughters and their spouses Christine and Timothy Pizzella of Bayville, NJ, and Nicole and Daniel Izzo of Monroe, NJ. His grandchildren, Adrianna, Giuliana, and Harper and his brothers and sisters; a host of nieces, nephews, and other beloved friends and relatives.
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