Obituary of Anthony Scotti
Anthony E. Scotti, 99, a longtime resident of Pompton Lakes, died Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Born in New York City, Anthony was one of six children born to Francesco and Margaret Scotti. Raised in Manhattan, he was educated there, and went on to study at City College. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. His service included landings in Leyte, Okinawa and New Guinea.
Returning home, he travelled to Pompton Lakes, where his Manhattan-based family was vacationing. While there, he met Brooklyn-native Christine Imburgia, who was spending the summer at her aunt’s cottage in Pompton Lakes. The two quickly fell in love, and in 1951, they married.
Anthony and Christine started their marriage in a New York City apartment while Anthony built their family home (by hand) in Pompton Lakes. In 1954, they moved to that home permanently, though it would remain a “work in progress” till the day Anthony died, for he was never one to not have a project to work on. An incredibly handy guy, he taught his children how to plumb, work on electric circuits, frame, install a deck…there was nothing he could not do.
Anthony worked for many years as a Mechanical Draftsman, employed by Bendix Aviation in Teterboro. A gyroscope designer, Anthony had a hand in designing parts of the Hubble telescope, and also worked on such important projects as the Apollo mission, the Skylab, and the lunar module.
In addition, Anthony worked a second job as a real estate agent in the Pompton Lakes area.
Retiring in the late 1970s, Anthony and Christine were lucky to enjoy many years of travel together. They traveled the world, with a cruise around Italy being one of the most memorable. With the proper information in hand, Anthony was able to visit the home where his father had been born in Italy. They also greatly enjoyed touring Southeast Asia, especially visiting Okinawa, where Anthony had served during World War II.
Also in retirement, reading became a huge part of Anthony’s life. Though his children hardly remember him reading more than the daily newspaper while they were growing up, he seemed to digest almost a book a day once he was no longer working. Keeping an eye on the stock market also kept Anthony busy, and he became a very savvy investor.
Nothing brought Anthony more joy, though, than his grandchildren and great-granddaughters. They were the light of his life. Family was everything to Anthony, and having those children around extended his days innumerably.
Anthony will be lovingly remembered as the kindest, most generous man, always willing to share his wealth of knowledge and big heart. He is survived by his wife, Christine; his children, Dr. Frank Scotti and his wife Dr. Toni Davies, Marguerite Moen and her husband William, and Maryann Scotti-Cesa and her husband Stanley Cesa; his sister,Margarita; his grandchildren, Christopher Moen and his wife Katrina, Michelle Quinn and her husband Evan, Scotti Cesa, and Michael Cesa; and his great-grandchildren, Julie Quinn, Spencer Moen, Erin Moen, and Leah Moen. He was predeceased by his siblings, Benjamin, Anna, Rose and Pauline.
Visiting hours will be Sunday from 3-7 pm at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A funeral Mass will be held 11 am Monday at St. Mary’s RC Church, 17 Pompton Avenue, Pompton Lakes. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Paterson.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or St. Mary’s Food Pantry would be greatly appreciated by the Scotti family.