John Phillip Scafetta
Dec. 3, 1927-Oct. 22, 2023
Submitted by Keri McDonald
John Phillip Scafetta, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2023 in his home surrounded by his family at the age of 95. John was born December 3, 1927 in Batavia, NY, where his parents settled after immigrating from Italy. He was the second oldest of 5 siblings, of which two still live in New York. He served in the US Navy from 1945-1947 and was proud to be a Veteran. He worked as a Manufacturing Engineer for Xerox Corporation, moved to Pleasanton, California in 1978 with his family and continued working for Xerox before transferring to Hexcel Corporation. John loved to golf, was a member of SIR’S and worked as a marshal at Castlewood Golf Course. He loved watching baseball and his favorite team was the New York Yankees. John also loved Jazz and Big Band music and you would always find him tapping his fingers to the beats! As a young man he learned to play the trumpet and picked it up again at the age of 90! John saw many changes in his 95 years and always embraced life. He was loved by all and had a way of making people around him laugh and feel at ease. He loved to garden and was handy with projects around the house. He found comfort in his Catholic faith, always touching and praying to his statues of saints and crosses throughout the house. John was a very giving person, always ready to lend a hand to family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, children Cheryl Herrmann of New York, John Scafetta of Georgia, Amy Robertson and son-in-law Therrin of Meridian, ID, and Keri McDonald and son-in- law Jeff of Pleasanton, CA, as well as ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.