McCracken Funeral Home

1500 Morris Ave, Union, NJ


David K. Scalley

June 27, 1983June 25, 2020

David Kanin Scalley June 27, 1983-June 25, 2020 passed away peacefully in his sleep after a 10 month battle with cancer.

David attended school at Baltimore International College and spent his life in kitchens, behind the line. His passion was cooking, he loved to make people happy with his food. Outside of cooking he loved to hang out with his friends and jam to music. He could light up a room with his infectious smile, laugh, and loud personality. David worked hard, fought hard and loved even harder. Every person David ever came in contact with he left a permanent imprint on their lives. He was known by many and loved by all.

David predeceased his mother, Donna Scalley Velez Toledo; his grandmother, Laura Lemire; his brother, Daniel Scalley and spouse, Janet Scalley; his sister, Christina Kozak and spouse, Joe Flatt; and his four nephews, Conner, 14, Dioni, 13, Anthony, 11 and Brennan, 11.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Melanoma research in David's name. To honor his wishes, there will be no funeral service, but a celebration of his life at a later date when all his friends and family can safely be together.


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Dianne Dalrymple

July 4, 2020

Dave, I'm so glad I got to talk to you the Sunday before you went to heaven. I wish I'd gotten to see you more and talk to you more as you got older. But when we would see each other, or I would get to talk to you, it's like time never past. You had told me on the phone not too long ago, that I was one of your favorite aunts. That really meant a lot to me. You made me feel special. You were always trying to make me laugh by telling me something funny or joke even though going through all this pain. I am going to miss you, bless you I love you Aunt Dianne

Alex Knezevic

July 2, 2020

Dave Scalley, when we met you I hired you in Domani, about a week after opening. Your passion for food rivaled mine. After almost 2 years together, I left and moved to Detroit. I left you and Eric at the helm, knowing it was in capable hands. I found a new restaurant in Detroit, and wanted to work with you again. Get the band back together. We had some great times. You agreed and off to Detroit you came as my sous chef. We made beautiful food together again, took Detroit by a storm, and made national press. I used to joke and want you to take the TV spots, but you never wanted to. We always raced cleaning lamb while you would tell me stories about Ireland when you studied abroad, and how happy you were being an uncle. We always did a shot of gin for your dad on his day as disgusting as that was. Detroit was too small and you moved to New Orleans, continuing your culinary pursuit of excellence. You always worked harder, smarter, and pushed yourself to be the best at what your passion was. In the 8 years and countless hours we spent together we did some amazing things without having tools. Living only by our passion, our job. You had a short life, but it was full of everything you loved. I'm going to miss you brother, I hope that you get to have that shot with your dad now. You will always be in my heart.

victor and marion miranda

July 1, 2020

sorry to hear about your son he in a better place now hope your trip was not to rough I will see ya soon god bless
marion and Victor miranda

Courtney Lakatos Hink

June 30, 2020

We all had a lot of memories with you but the best one that stands out is our senior prom. You always had a smile on your face and a way to make someone feel better. I know you be missed by Soo many. It truly breaks my heart to lose another member of our graduating class. Too many good ones gone. Fly high Dave. Cya on the flip side.

Paige Poehler

June 30, 2020

Every memory with my cousin David was unforgettable.
I will always remember how he would light up any room he entered and he always had a smile on his face.
He cared so much for his family and friends and would drop everything and anything to help them.
One of my favorite memories was when he would always lift me up and swept me off my feet whenever I came in contact with him or talked to him, no matter how much taller and bigger I grew he always lifted me up no matter what.
He always made us kids laugh and smile when we were around him and we all always had the best times together, I will forever cherish these many memories.

I love you David, You will forever be in my heart

-Paige Poehler

Lori Mclagan

June 30, 2020

David was my cousin. I knew him more as a kid than in his later years. As a kid he ran around with his brother Danny and sister Tina. The 3 of them were always at nan and pops house and I would always play around with them or take them somewhere. David was a great kid. And as an adult I see he had many friends because he was a great man. He went to early. It saddens me we didn't keep in touch. But he was my cousin and I'm so upset he's gone. Dave you are up in heaven with some great family members. Say hi to your dad and your grandparents and your aunt faith. We will all meet again some day. Prayers go out to his mother and siblings for there loss. Prayers to all who new him. Lori mclagan.

Nick Keena

June 30, 2020

We spoke on the phone a week or so before you passed. We were talking about the planned show me and the band were gonna put on for you at the hospice care. I asked you if you had any requests and you said “Play Free Bird!!” knowing that musicians have a rule about NOT playing that song ever under any circumstances. But I said yes and secretly planned on making the band play that dumb song just for you. Well, you left before we could make good on that promise. So I played it at my next outdoor gig. As I got to the end of the song, my PA system turned on and off 3 times. I know it was you, Dave. It was you saying “alright Keena that’s enough of that!” Still busting my chops from the great beyond... well played, sir.

Paola Acosta

June 30, 2020

I will always remember his contagious smile during our 4 years in high school along with his tie dye shirts and baggy pants. Scalley would talk to everyone, didn’t matter what friend group they were in. Our conversations during math class, PE, and before school will always be in my heart. You definitely knew how to make a difference in the world. May your memory live on.

Michael Mortellaro

June 30, 2020

Here's David at Chris Driggers Bday party. He was literally the best and I'm going to miss him so much. Love you brother I'll share everything you've tought me.

Tyler Vannetta

June 30, 2020

I will always remember Scalley as a fun loving guy that loved to goof off. I worked with him at Mitchell's, and still work with alot of our coworkers to this day at Ocean Prime. It has been nice to share stories and memories of him, definitely helping us smile during a tough time. He is loved by many and will always be missed.