In Loving Memory of John "Jack" Samuel Scannella


John "Jack" Samuel Scannella

Dunmore, 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.


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Sylvia & Family
Posts: 8
Heartfelt condolences
Reply #8 on : Thu November 29, 2018, 08:29:42
Dear Joan, Jackie & Family:
From the first moment I met Jack at WDAU-TV22, he had a special spot in my heart. He made everyone he met feel special--what a beautiful gift--and what a wonderful gift just knowing him. Now Angel Jack will be watching over us from heaven. May you and your happy memories console you and the family now and in the days ahead. Love, Sylvia & Family
Lenore Shiner
Posts: 8
Reply #7 on : Sun November 25, 2018, 13:49:54
To the Scannella family, It is with great sadness to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Jack was blessed with a wonderful family, and we know they will carry on great memories of Jack to the next generation. God bless you Joan, and know that he is at peace, in a much better place. Your friends, Gary and Lenore Shiner
Maria Orzel
Posts: 8
Fond Remembrances
Reply #6 on : Fri November 23, 2018, 12:06:44
Dear Joan and family,

From my early days at the station, Jack was a mentor and I'm grateful for his support in so many ways. I passed his muster when I could lift the photographer's light kit! The station's news production was stronger and a leader thanks in large part to Jack's talents. I can still see him at the old film developer tank! He always spoke about you and his children with love. With sincere sympathy to you all, Maria Orzel
Buzz Scannella
Posts: 8
Cousin Jack
Reply #5 on : Thu November 22, 2018, 12:21:43
My big cousin:how I admired him from boyhood through his whole life. He took me under his wing when my father passed away and was there for me always. His easy manner and his commitment to his profession were inspiring. The love and loyalty to his family, especially to Joan, will keep his memory fresh.
Mike Taliaferro
Posts: 8
Reply #4 on : Wed November 21, 2018, 10:44:36
I am a co-worker of Tom's. With deepest sympathy, I am keeping you all in thought and prayer during this very difficult time. May God's warmth and compassion shine on the immediate and extended Scannella family.
Bill Lukasik
Posts: 8
"Uncle Jack"
Reply #3 on : Tue November 20, 2018, 20:29:45
For all the great memories of cook-outs at Promise Land, the Photographers gatherings and working with you at WDAU. THANK YOU!!! Billy & Debbie Lukasik
Joseph Butash
Posts: 8
Re: In Loving Memory of John "Jack" Samuel Scannella
Reply #2 on : Tue November 20, 2018, 15:05:52
Mrs. Scannella and family,
Sorry for your loss. Jack was a great boss, mentor, and friend. He is certainly a member of the television Hall of Fame in northeastern Pennsylvania as he knew all there is to know about film, tape, microwave transmission, and local news.
He loved you and your entire family. Know that he is in a better place.
Joseph Butash
Bill Mecca
Posts: 8
Re: In Loving Memory of John "Jack" Samuel Scannella
Reply #1 on : Tue November 20, 2018, 12:47:30
Jack I have treasured memories if working with you. Especially how years later you praised my work as s reporter. I am one of many who learned jnder your tutelage. I will remember you always. And to find out now that you step dad and my father had the same name it means even more. Rest in Peace my friend.