OBITUARY

Peter Scala

June 16, 1948January 3, 2018

Peter Scala, 69, passed away peacefully in his home on January 3, 2018, after a courageous four year battle with cancer. Peter was born on June 16, 1948 in New Jersey to Andrew and Helen Scala. He grew up in Parlin, NJ and was the youngest of five with two brothers, Joseph and Andrew; and two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. Peter joined the United States Army at age 18 as a member of the 101st Airborne Division and was a Vietnam Veteran awarded with a Vietnam Service Medal and three Bronze Service stars. Peter went on to serve his country further as a Police Officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Retirement came early due to an injury that led him to settle in Ft. Myers, Florida where he met the love of his life, Monika. Peter’s desire for warm weather and beaches led him to become a Scuba Dive Instructor, which both he and Monika enjoyed together. One of Peter’s passions in life was visiting new places and going on adventures. In addition to various locations in the United States, Peter and his wife enjoyed traveling to the Cayman Islands, China, and Europe. He particularly loved Paris and wished to return there with his whole family one day. Peter’s interests included playing golf, physical fitness, and surrounding himself with family and friends. He provided a great example to his children about the importance of health and physical fitness as well as having respect for animals and all living things. He had an infectious sense of humor and could add sunshine to the cloudiest of days. He touched the lives of every single person he met and always thought of ways he could help others. Peter will be missed by all and many who had the opportunity to know him feel it was an honor to be his friend. Peter will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Monika, of 24 years; three children, Jason, Jodie, and Tanya; his three grandchildren, Ashley, April, and Braeden. An Open House Celebration of Life for close friends and family will be held at the home on January 19, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Come as you are and bring a memory. In lieu of flowers, plants that will thrive in a garden would be appreciated. To honor Peter’s love of animals, we ask that you make contributions in his name to Gulf Coast Humane Society. http://www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org/

Services

  • Open House Celebration of Life

    Friday, January 19, 2018

Memories

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Thomas Wiegrefe

January 18, 2018

Liebe Monika, Wir möchten Dir und Deiner Familie unser herzlichstes Beileid aussprechen und bedauern es sehr, dass Pete zu früh gegangen ist. Unsere Gedanken waren nach Eurem letzen Besuch bei uns oft bei Euch Beiden. Pete wird uns immer mit einem Lächeln und einem kecken Wort auf den Lippen in guter Erinnerung bleiben. Rest in peace. Thomas, Babeta & Mama aus Berlin.

Armand Sozio

January 13, 2018

Dear Monica,Jason, Jodie. & Tanya, Pete and I go back many years as real buddies. Thru thick and thin we survived just about everything, but there comes a time when certain things just can not be beaten. We had the best of times, and the worst of times, but true friends always survive. I can not tell you how much I will miss this kind and generous man. My love and Dotty

Joe Morris

January 13, 2018

My Prayers with Peter and thoughts with the family. "More compassion, less judgement. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate." are words that best describe Pete having worked and known him.

January 12, 2018

My Condolences To Pete's Family. ."Always Remember When Some One You Love Becomes a Memory...That Memory Becomes A Treasure." Rest In Peace Pete...

Mike Grimaldi
New Jersey

Ron Stryker

January 11, 2018

Dear Monika and Family, I am saddened to learn of Pete's passing,please accept my condolences. Pete and I were Police Academy classmates and we spent many hours working together at Newark Airport. I will always remember Pete's infectious sense of humor, he was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sincerely Ron Stryker

Sal Schiano

January 9, 2018

Condolences to Pete's family. I also worked with Pete at Newark Airport. Great guy to work with.

John Russwurm

January 9, 2018

My condolences to the family. I worked with Pete at Newark Airport in the early 80's and we would car pool together. It was always an interesting ride. Rest in peace my friend.

Murry Cohen

January 9, 2018

Rest in Peace Pete

tony ferullo

January 9, 2018

pet always had a smile and a laugh rest bro

Latricia Mckern

January 8, 2018

My condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Peter Scala. I did not know him, but with the stories I have heard I feel like I did. What an amazing person to look up to, a United States Hero, father, friend, spouse, animal lover, explorer, the list goes on...One thing I can say is he has truly touched the people in his life and his good doings will live on through them. I am so grateful to know Tanya who has shed light on what an amazing human her father is. I look forward to learning more about him and hearing more incredible stories, and accomplishments he has made over the years. Sending all of the peace and love there is your way. -Always, Latricia & Sarah Mckern

FROM THE FAMILY