Douglas J. Scolpino, a lifelong resident of Brewster, NY died on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the age of 87. He was born on September 12, 1930, in his parents’ home. Doug was the son of Joseph F. Scolpino and Ellen (Mackey) Scolpino. He is survived by his wife Jeanette F. Scolpino and his 2 daughters Jennifer Daley of Danbury, CT and Beth-Ann Geraldi of Redding, CT. He was also a proud grandfather to Tyler Muller and Julia Geraldi. Doug was predeceased by his siblings: Marion Dunford, Ruth Hunt, Robert Scolpino all of Brewster and Joseph Scolpino of Bethel, CT.
Doug was a 1948 graduate of Brewster High school where he was a 3-sport athlete. In 1992, Doug was officially inducted into the Brewster High school Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball. He scored 45 points in a single game, setting the county record which he held until 1953. Doug also played baseball and from 1951-1961, he pitched for several different teams in the Danbury Industrial night league, helping Republic Foil, Castro Convertible, and Brewster to several league titles. He also served in the United States Army in Europe where he pitched on several of the Army baseball teams, as well. Doug was an accomplished pool player having a high run of 79 balls. As an avid golfer, Doug at one time had a 12 handicap and had 2 holes in one and 4 eagles which he was very proud of. Doug was a former member of the Putnam County and Westchester County Umpire Association. Doug was also a former Charter Member of the Brewster Elks and Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Knights of Columbus. Doug became the co-owner of Scolpino’s Stationery from 1956-1964 and Scolpino’s Wines and Liquors for 27 years from 1959-1986. The Scolpino’s newsstand in the Village of Brewster was in operation for 49 years. Doug was on the Republican Town committee for over 52 years. He was one of the 3 Southeast Assessors to be elected in 1963 and held that office for 16 years. In 1983, Doug was elected Supervisor of the Town of Southeast and held that office from 1984-1993. As Town Supervisor, he negotiated with the Town Board to upgrade new zoning laws and property building sizes and during his tenure there were 3 years in a row with no tax increases. Also, at no cost to tax payers, Doug helped to negotiate and acquire donated land for the use of 2 Little League fields with lights and a picnic park. This park was dedicated the “Douglas J. Scolpino” park in 1994. Doug will always be remembered for his jokes and his story telling and his love of Cape Cod.
We would like to thank the Village at Brookfield Commons and the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Danbury for all that they did for our father.
Friends may call at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY on Tuesday, September 4th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 5th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster. Interment will follow at St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery in Brewster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doug’s memory to the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Danbury, CT or The Wounded Warrior Project.