Robert J. Scott
Robert J. Scott, 68, of Binghamton, NY passed away serenely on Monday, January 21, 2013 after a prolonged illness. He was a singularly devoted family man, predeceased by his parents, Robert and Betty; father-in-law, Edward DiNardo; and his niece, Marianne Blackman. Bob is survived by Diane DiNardo Scott, a founding member of "The Cool Ghouls Club" and wife of 46 years, and his children, Michael (Wendy) Scott, Jennifer Mosher and friend, Scott Jackowski, Emily (Thomas) Neish and Sara (Jeffrey) Rogers. He had 10 grandchildren, Lucas, Samantha & Dominic Scott, Katherine, Andrew & Benjamin Mosher, Shelby Neish, as well as Vincent, Anthony & Angelo Rogers. Other relatives include his sister, Marjorie (Richard) Potter; brother, Richard (Christine) Scott; aunts, Mickey Nichols & Margie Darrow; mother-in-law, Irene DiNardo; sisters-in-law, Marilyn McGinnis & Linda DiNardo; brother-in-law, Edward (Kathy) DiNardo, and Jacob & Jocelyn (Zelda) Jackowski. His great loyalty, love and tireless affection also extended to his many nieces and nephews. Bob was born in Binghamton, grew up on the southside's Delevan Avenue and continued to be the most prominent and engaging personality from that location over many years. He attended Benjamin Franklin School, was a highly regarded sports figure at North High and went on to earn an Associate degree at Broome CC in '65, majoring in the Theory & Practice of Late-Teen Collegiate Socializing. Known to his best friends as "Scotty," Bob was a very successful purveyor of fine wines and liquors, an occupation that obligated him to continually test the quality of VO, which he preferred to consume in the Manhattan form. He then moved on to professional firefighting and EMT work, becoming the most notable member of the eastside's "Fightin' Fours." While the members of other firehouses sucked on beans & franks, Bob, the "designated cook" of Group C, treated his men, famed for their discriminating palates, to meals of filet mignon and New York strip. (Or at least that's what he charged them for). Over some 45 years, Bob dedicated and donated much of his available time to coaching football. In addition to his technical expertise in the sport, he brought a selflessness and generosity as well—serving as a thoroughly steadfast friend and mentor and often providing less fortunate kids with the money for cleats and other needed gear out of his own pocket. Though not particularly skilled as a mechanic, Scotty was a very competent carpenter. In fact, he once authored a book on home repairs entitled: "How To Start But Never Finish a Single Project (Except at the Cottage)." And it was at that Lake of the Isles vacation abode where Scotty ruled and found such pleasure in conducting family activities and in showing off his advanced puttering talents. Another area of interest and high achievement for Bob was ballroom dancing, where regardless of what the music indicated, he would insist on moving to the rhythms of his beloved rumba. Observers witnessing his act have also noted how his footwork would become nearly flawless after cocktail #3, although Diane strongly disputes this contention. Bob's dry sense of humor and his penchant for talking from the side of his mouth made him a delight to converse with, and his deep caring and concern for those he encountered in business made him an "Aflack, Aflack…" all-star. The beauty and decency of Robert J. Scott's life will forever serve as a testament to how a man should conduct himself and his affairs. Such men are kings. Mr. Scott's family wishes to thank all the caregivers, nurses & doctors at Wilson ICU for their extraordinary efforts on his behalf, with a special word of gratitude to Alicia, Nick & Kort. All their work made Bob feel very loved and comfortable in his final days.
Memorial Services will be conducted Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the James V. DeMarco & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY with Fr. Gerald Buckley officiating. Family and friends are invited to call at the DeMarco & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. At Bob's request, in lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Danielle House, 160 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, NY 13905.