Joseph Patrick Scarella was born in Stamford, CT on November 15, 1940, and passed away on December 1, 2022, in Myrtle Beach, SC. He is survived by his long-time partner, Hayley Lauritsen; children, Jolene Scarella of Oakland, CA; Patrick Scarella (Jeanne) of Barrington, RI; and Mark Scarella (Lorena) of Fairfield, NJ; grandchildren, Matthew, Jenna, and Emilia; sisters, Connie Stevenson of Stamford, CT and Andrea Grabowski of Parker, CO; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends that loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Mildred Scarella (Cooke) and son, Daniel.
Joe was a proud member of the Stamford High School class of 1958 where he played multiple sports. Joe attended Iowa Wesleyan College and the University of Connecticut where he graduated with a B.S. in Political Science. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. After college he joined the Army Reserves and served honorably from 1962-1968. He was an amateur boxer in the Army and loved to joke that his nickname was Rembrandt because he spent so much time on the canvas. He worked in Operations for many years, but really excelled at retirement! He had a wonderful sense of humor and smile that could light up a room. He cared very deeply for his family and friends. While we take comfort in knowing that we will see him again someday, our hearts are broken.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT on Thursday, December 22, 2022, from 1:00pm-4:00pm with a memorial service to honor his life taking place at 3:00pm.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Joe’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation. www.kidney.org/donate.
To leave messages of condolence online please visit www.cognetta.com.