Scott Thomas Vallerga

November 15, 1953April 22, 2019

How do you write an obituary for a guy who should still be here? For somebody who fought hard to live and wanted to stay with his wife, family and friends to continue on his journey with them? To write something so personal as to define him in a few paragraphs is beyond difficult. As his wife, I will try my best but I’m afraid my best just won’t be good enough to capture his essence. Postings by family and friends will help to describe his beautiful soul. He is truly one of the finest human beings I have ever known. I have never loved someone so deeply and I am heartbroken by his death.

My dear husband was born and raised in Richmond, CA with his wonderful big sister Bette - who, by the way, is as devastated as I am. Scott went off to college at San Diego State to major in Microbiology. However, even his love of small tiny microbes could not top his love for the water and the sea. He was the captain of his high school swim team then in college took a class in scuba diving and that sealed it - he was hooked. After graduating, he ultimately ended up as a dive instructor in the beautiful British Virgin Islands running a dive shop, dive boats and excursions. He crewed and captained charter boats in the U.S. Virgin Islands and ultimately became a captain on private yachts. This position took him up and down the east coast, Caribbean and across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. He was a captain who we all would entrust our lives to. Through sailing, he and his wife, Megan, were lucky to have crossed paths. They joined forces in Marco Island where Scott started his own yacht management business and Megan furthered her nursing career in Clinical Research. Scott and Megan bought their own trawler in 2015 and in 2016 they threw caution to the wind, quit their jobs and took off up the east coast to Maine, spending a glorious summer they would never come to regret. Unfortunately Scott’s cancer reared its ugly head again in 2017. He fought it with dignity and grace and he fought hard. He never wanted to give up, never wanted to surrender. Those of us who fought by his side will attest to his unwavering bravery and positive attitude. May we all have the strength to fight our own battles with his level of dignity.

Scott loved life. He treated everyone with kindness and respect. He was non-judgmental and honest to a fault. Without a doubt, anyone who ever met Scott was touched by him. He had a smile that would melt your heart. He was a kind soul who appreciated all people and he found the joy in the smallest of things. Scott loved his life and wanted so much to continue to sail with Megan, family and friends. He will be missed by all of us who knew him. He will be especially missed by Megan (Sweets), his furry kids Totch (Tootch Magootch) and Elsa (Elfaba), sister Bette (Bee-Sneezees), brother-in-law Ron-Pie, sister and brother-in-law Kimmie Kim and Dave (Doctor Big Head), Mother and Father-In-Law Dee and Wendell and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We will celebrate Scott’s life in a private ceremony at his home. Beam me up Scottie...

Memorials in his honor may be sent to Moffitt Cancer Center or For the Love of Cats on Marco Island.


  • We will celebrate Scott’s life in a private ceremony at his home.


Scott Thomas Vallerga

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Bob Krienke

May 17, 2019

I remember very well the first time I met Scott. My father was in a hospital in NJ, starting his struggle with Parkinson's, Scott and Megan had come to visit "Uncle Herb", and although I had heard many good things about Scott, I was immediately and happily struck by his kind manner and warm smile! His love for Megan, my cousin, was obvious and both of them lit up the room. I will miss him. God bless him.
With love,
Bob Krienke
Vero Beach, FL

Ava Garner

May 4, 2019

As we go through life we meet so many people, but i can truly say with all my heart❤❤. Scott was the most genuine , kind , caring person i have met, along with Meghan his beautiful wife.
I am truly blessed to have known him and shared many happy memories and great fun times with them both.
You feel welcomed by them both as soon as you meet them.
Scott, you will be missed by so many people as you have touched our lives.
May God be with you as we know he will. Angels will watch over you , as we know you will make sure they watch over Meghan..
Luv u forever..😇😇

Karen McGovern

April 30, 2019

Scott and Megan are soulmates in the truest sense of the word. Dale and Lori's ethereal photo perfectly captures Scott and Megan's incredible love story and their eternal bond. I can imagine this scene being recreated when Scott and Megan are reunited.

Megan, our hearts are truly broken for you and Totch and Elsa and all of Scott's loved ones. You all are so very fortunate to love and to be loved by this most loving, kind, gentle, generous, remarkable man. Love and the special bonds we share are unending. We truly do believe Scott is watching over and guiding you all from above.

With our heartfelt sympathy, condolences and love,
Karen and Rose XXX OOO 🌹 🌹

Dale Painter

April 25, 2019

The world has lost a shining light. I could always feel the energy lighten when Scott walked into the room. He was the best captain I ever worked with and the the best brother from another mother I ever had. I was blessed in the way our friendship grew long after the working relationship ended. He was so patient and forgiving, fun and goofy, a great teacher and and a generous friend. I love him dearly and miss him so much. Megan, you have all our love and support.
This is a photo of Scott & Megan at our beach wedding in Naples, April 18, 2015. ~~~Fair winds and following seas Scott! Love, Dale & Lori