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LANOKA HARBOR, NJ -- Manufacturing and operating kingpin Carmen J. Ricci died at his home here on July 21. He was 73.
Best known to the industry as president of Greyhound Electronics (Toms River, NJ), which he co-owned with son-in-law Brian Petaccio, Ricci was also the owner of Sonny's & Rickey's Arcade (Seaside Heights) on the Jersey Boardwalk. According to New Jersey government records, his wife, Nixa, also owned a large route in Florida.
A colorful and controversial figure, Ricci was deeply involved in manufacturing and operating gray-area games in the Midwest and up and down the Eastern Seaboard, according to the same government sources. Greyhound also produced and sold conventional redemption and merchandising equipment, and marketed it nationwide.
Born in Philadelphia, Ricci lived most of his life in Seaside Park before moving here with his wife in 1994. He was predeceased by his brothers, Angelo and Thomas Ricci. He is survived by his daughters Michelle Rindone, Lisa Ricci, Theresa Petaccio, Colleen Rosenblum and Nixa Risk, his son Samuel Della Sala III and several grandchildren.