Frank Alfred Scopetti Sr.
Born July 4, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, to Dominic and Giovanina (Jennie) Scoppetti, Frank grew up in Carlisle, where he graduated high school and was a standout football player.
He then attended Dickinson College for a year before enlisting in the Air Force where he served in Special Forces during the Korean War. He returned to finish a degree in mechanical engineering at Tri-State College in Indiana in 1957.
Frank’s first marriage was to Ann Crebassa in 1952. Together they raised six children, who all survive: Cindy Eckert (Dick) of Oil City, Dan Scopetti of Newark, Ohio, Frank Scopetti Jr. (Kathleen), of Scottsdale, Arizona, Mary Tettis (Paul) of Ridgway, Theresa McQuaide (Kelly) of Oil City and Annie Wayquay (Freddie Vega) of Jersey City, New Jersey; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three nieces and several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Frank is further survived by his beloved wife and soulmate, Sally Rae Scopetti, and their three children, David Alkaher of Rochester, New York, Susan Vieira (Antonio) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Lisa Alkaher Nogaj (Ken) of Rochester, New York; and two grandsons.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Virginia Scoppetti and Anita Rose Rockey.
Always in love with the great outdoors, Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing and living on Canandaigua Lake in New York with Sally, where they loved to hike and nurture various animals and pets – both domestic and wild – the most recent of these being their Cane Corso, Samantha, who misses him immensely and waits and watches at the window every day.
While living in Oil City, Frank worked at Oil City Machine and Tool and went on to be Vice President at Shaw Industries until 1973.
While in Oil City, he belonged to several service organizations such as the Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts and Venango Christian Booster Club.
He moved to Ridgway and took the position of President of Ridgway Steel before moving to the Rochester area, where he served as President of PGM Corporation, Inc. from February 1980 to July 1990. He then became President and CEO of Frank Scopetti and Company Inc. until his death, also doing consulting work for area manufacturers.
An engineer by nature, Frank had many projects around the house to keep him busy after semi-retirement.
A celebration of a life well-lived will be held on the weekend of his 90th birthday next summer near his home.
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