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William Caruso, Founding Partner of Oswego Speedway, Dies at 91

OSWEGO, NY (October 17) – William Caruso, one of the founding members of Oswego Speedway and former Vice President of Operations for over 40 years, passed away on Tuesday October 16, 2012, at the VA Hospital in Syracuse at the age of 91.

Mr. Caruso also served as the Speedway’s Chief Technical Inspector for many years and was known as one of the most well-liked and respected officials during his long tenure.

William Caruso
William Caruso

Oswego Speedway was built in 1951 under the guidance of Harry, George, and William Caruso as they converted the one time Wine Creek horse track into a 3/8 mile dirt auto racing facility.

The track was paved during 1952 and remained a 3/8 mile Speedway until 1961 when it was enlarged to its current 5/8 mile size.

Since 1962, Oswego Speedway has been the Home of Supermodified racing, and for many years now has been the only facility in the country to run full blown Supermodified racecars on a weekly basis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday from St. Peter’s Church.

There will be no calling hours.

A complete obituary appears below:

William R. Caruso
OSWEGO, NY – William R. Caruso, 91, a resident of Oswego passed away on Tuesday October 16, 2012, at the VA Hospital in Syracuse.

Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late Romao and Alvina (Polega) Caruso and was a graduate of Oswego High School.

Mr. Caruso was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre.

He was the co-founder and co-owner of Northern Steel and the Oswego Speedway with his brothers, Harry and George.

He was an avid fan of car racing.

Surviving are his son, W. Brian (Sue) Caruso of Cicero; two daughters, Kristin (John) Cree of Ringoes NJ and Kenda (Michael) Knight of Oswego; five grandchildren, Dustin Knight, Casey (Geoff) Loughery, Krissy Knight, Kerri (Jason) Shannon and Kelly (Junior) Zamarian; and two great-grandchildren, McKenna and Brayden Shannon.

He was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte, on July 28, 2001; two brothers, Harry and George; and two sisters, Mary (Mae)and Helen.

Mr. Caruso will be remembered as a well-liked and respected business and family man.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Peter’s Church.

Burial will be in Peck’s Cemetery.

There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 83 E. Albany St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Arrangements are in care of the Dowdle Funeral Home.

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  1. My Dad – the late Art Frost used to speak so highly of Mr. Caruso and his brothers. He did business with them when he was storeroom keeper at the Steam Station. I know he would want me to extend my sympathy to a wonderful family.

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