Funeral service for the late Geno Victor Scattolon, 91, Antigonish, was held October 15 in St. Ninian Cathedral with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Scattolon died October 11, 2019, in High-Crest Home for Special Care, Sherbrooke.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Allister MacDonald, Vincent Scattolon and Louis Brill. Anthony Scattolon and Marco Scattolon presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by Emery van de Weil.
Active pallbearers were Anthony Scattolon, Chris Reynolds, Marco Scattolon, Louis Brill, Vincent Scattolon and Dee Dee MacDonald.
Honorary pallbearers were Allister MacDonald, Murray Teasdale and Gail (Scattolon) Gouthro.
Born September 4, 1928, in Dominion, Cape Breton, he was the youngest son of the late Romano and Assunta (Braganollo) Scattolon. He graduated from St. Ann’s High School in Glace Bay and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 1951. He continued his education at Springfield College, Massachusetts, earning a master’s degree and returned to St. F.X. to complete a Bachelor of Education which led to a career as a physical education teacher. He enjoyed his professional career, including 35 years at St. Andrew Rural/Junior High. He coached hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball, track and field and fostered a love for sport among his students. He contributed to his community in many ways. He was a dedicated minor hockey coach, hockey referee, Clerk of the Course at the Antigonish Highland Games and a starter for Special Olympics. He was honoured for his dedication to the Royal Canadian Legion Summer Leadership Camp for 35 years at Acadia University. He was a passionate and skilled athlete throughout his life. As a university student, he was an exceptional varsity hockey, rugby and football player and was captain for both Hockey and Rugby. He was captain of the 1951 Maritime Intercollegiate Championship Hockey Team, a team which came close to being selected to attend the Winter Olympics. In the summers, he played on four baseball teams and two softball teams. He played senior hockey on a variety of Eastern Nova Scotia teams. He was inducted into the St. F.X. Hall of Fame, as both an individual and team member, as well as the Pictou and Nova Scotia Sports Halls of Fame. He was a daily jogger ‘the Geno Shuffle’ for 40 years and, in his later years, was a regular at the university gym. He continued to cheer on the X-Men with his good friend, Murray.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Yvonne (MacDonald); son, David (Sharon); two daughters, Gina (Chris Reynolds), Yvette (Louis Brill); six grandchildren, Vincent, Anthony and Marco Scattolon; Georgia Reynolds; Chris and Arianna Brill.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Londo, Duvilio; stepmother, Anna.
Memorial donations may be made to High-Crest Home Sherbrooke.
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