Roy Robert Scarpato, born in 1937 in the West End of Boston, passed away on the 22nd of January 2020 at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness.
A wake will be held on Sunday January 26th at John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Rd, Wayland MA from 3 pm to 7 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at Good Shephard Parish at St. Zepherin’s Church, 99 MainSt, Wayland on Monday January 27, 2020 at 11:00 am
Roy was preceded in death by his loving parents, Joseph (Giuseppe) Scarpato (an immigrant from Augusta, Sicily) and Rose Scarpato (nee Silvestro), his son Daniel Edward, and his brother Dr. Robert Scarpato.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anne Louise Scarpato (nee Scannell). He is also survived by his children, Joseph J. Scarpato, his wife Christena, and their sons Robert R. Scarpato and John J. Scarpato ; his son Roy R. Scarpato along with his wife Marta and their children Shayne Sullivan, Luke W. Scarpato, and Samuel R. Scarpato; his daughter Kathleena R. Scarpato along with her husband J. Joseph Galietta and their daughters Rosaria M. Galietta and Granuaile R. Galietta; and his daughter Lara A. Scarpato and her husband J. Quincy Vanderhoof. He is also survived by his sister Zena Merullo, his brother Joseph A. Scarpato along with his wife Teresa Loftin Scarpato.
Roy was raised in East Boston and graduated from Boston Latin High School in 1954. He attended MIT, earning his BS in Electrical Engineering in 1958 and his Master of Science in 1965. He also earned a Certificate of Meteorology from MIT (U.S. Airforce) in 1961 and multiple certificates in Business Management from North Eastern University. He married his high school sweetheart, Anne Scannell, during the famous blizzard on 1958. Roy was an Airforce Veteran, serving as a meteorologist from 1960 to 1968, to include three years in Japan with tours of duty in Vietnam and Thailand.
A fierce advocate for the protection of life through all stages, Roy was a founding member of “Massachusetts Citizens for Life,” the “Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund,” and “National Right to Life.” He and Anne dedicated their lives to protecting those among us least able to protect themselves, the unborn, leaving a legacy of love and compassion for both the mothers and children alike.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to any of the above organizations, or to a pro-life crisis pregnancy center of your choosing.