In Loving Memory of John "Jack" Samuel Scannella
John "Jack" Samuel ScannellaDunmore, PA October 2, 1928 ~ November 18, 2018 Date of Service: November 24, 2018
John (Jack) Samuel Scannella, 90, of Dunmore passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 18, at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in the arms of his loving wife of 57 years, the former Joan Mallas.
Born in Scranton on October 2, 1928, he was the son of the late Samuel Joseph Scannella and the late Helen Yesu Scannella Mecca and stepson of the late Dominick Mecca. He graduated from West Scranton High School, served in the US Army 7th Cavalry Occupation and Reconstructive Regiment in Tokyo, Japan, and then graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in 1949.
He devoted more than 4 decades to photo journalism at WGBI/WDAU/WYOU-TV, first as a pioneering photographer, then Chief Photographer, Assignment Editor, and finally News Operations Manager, before retiring in 1995. He continued to host the "Friday Flashback" feature on the WYOU 6:00 pm news using historic film footage for several years after his retirement. Some of his most famous work included coverage of the Dianne and Agnes floods in 1955 and 1972, and the Knox and Sheppton Mine disasters in 1959 and 1963. He and his wife also operated a portrait and wedding photography business - "Photo by Joan" - in the 1960s and 1970s.
Throughout his career he served in numerous organizations, including President of the Scranton Press Photographers Association, charter member of the Northeastern Pennsylvanian News Media Association, the Red Cross Center City Blood Council, the Anthracite Museum Association Board of Directors, Vice President of the Architectural Heritage Association, and the American Legion, Post 13. He enjoyed working in his garden, and was an avid and accomplished cook, specializing in classic Italian food.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Samuel and wife Marie of Harrisburg, Jacqueline and husband David Cochrane of Clarks Summit, and Thomas and wife Robin of Dillsburg, sister Arline and brother-in-law John Daffaro of Scranton, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. His most precious gifts which he adored more than anything are his 7 grandchildren; Cassandra, Melissa, Kirsten, Justin, and Samantha Scannella, and David and Yelena Cochrane.
The family would like to thank Traditional Home Health and Hospice, and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their exceptional kindness and care they showed Jack and his family in his final months.
The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore with Mass at 9:30am in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith St., Dunmore.
Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow
Friends may call Friday from 5-8pm at the funeral home.
Donations can be made in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 57 N. Franklin St. Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18701 or SS Anthony and Rocco Parish, 303 Smith St., Dunmore 18512.