Angelo "Tony" Scordato passed away on July 22, 2021 surrounded by family. He was the son of Rose (Cappello) and Angelo Scordato, the brother of Al "Freddy", and the beloved uncle of Christine (Sean Gallagher) and her son, Ben Palmere; Patricia Walters (David) and her children William and Annaliese; and Elizabeth and her children, Sarah and Leah DiGiorgio.
While Tony was born in Brooklyn, he spent his childhood summers in McAdoo, Pennsylvania surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins with whom he remained very close. Whenever they were together, there was good food, lots of stories and many, many laughs. Tony also had a deep network of friends - some dating back almost 70 years to their days at Albany State Teachers College (now SUNY Albany). They saw each other through life's ups and downs and were role models for what true friendship looks like.
Over the course of his life he lived in many places and collected friends in all of them. He grew up in Valley Stream, New York, attended college in Albany and had his first teaching role in Wells, New York Later, he moved to Laramie, Wyoming where he earned a Ph.D in Mathematics. When he retired, he split his time between West Palm Beach, Florida, and Westerly, Rhode Island. Seven years ago he moved to Brookline, Massachusetts to be closer to Christine and Ben. While he was fond of all the many places he lived, Tony would be the first to say that Wyoming was where his heart felt fullest.
Tony loved many things in addition to his family and friends - cooking, eating, gardening, travel, painting and spirited debate. He also truly loved teaching and spent his career teaching math and computer science at both the high school and college levels for more than 40 years. He had that special something that caused students to stay in touch with him. He hosted former student visits each year no matter where he lived. Two years ago he was honored by his former students in the St Pius X Alumni Association with an award and luncheon. More than 20 of his former students came from around the country to celebrate him and the difference he made in their lives. They shared many a story - our favorite was that his then students privately called him “Tony No Baloney” because he was tough but always fair and compassionate.
He leaves a giant hole in our lives and in the fabric of friendship he so carefully wove during his life. He will be dearly missed by all of us who loved him.
For those interested in remembering Tony, he was comforted enormously by his books for the blind from the library at the Perkins Institute for the Blind. Over the past seven years he "read" over 1,000 books and was always ready to have a conversation about one of them. Donations in his honor can be made at: www.perkins.org. At Tony's request, no flowers please.
His funeral will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Church of All Saints, McAdoo. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s R.C. Cemetery, McAdoo.
No public calling hours will be held.
The Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, PA, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be entered and information is available at www.damianofhinc.com.
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