George F. Scaptura, 93, of Watkins Glen, N.Y., passed away Sunday, April 27, at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, N.Y.
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George was born Oct. 31, 1920, the son of the late Rocco and Mary (Compese) Scaptura. George served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Radioman 3rd Class from 1942 to 1946. He received his bachelor's degree in business journalism from Rider University in New Jersey. George was employed as the business manager for the Watkins Glen School District, was the Watkins Glen Village Clerk and was a reporter for the Star Gazette Advertiser and other local newspapers. George was also an avid Italian short story writer, and published in the Marlin Mariner. Until recently, he still typed on an iron manual typewriter. George enjoyed organic gardening and made homemade applesauce from the apple trees in his yard. He was a member of the Senior Citizens Bowling League, the Marlin Mariners Association, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by his wife, Mary Elizabeth "BeBe" Scaptura, formerly of Carbondale, on June 10, 2007; and his siblings, Nicholas "Nick" (Frances Criazzo) Scaptura, Frank (Helen Wasson) Scaptura, Cecilia (Patrick) DeNardo, Joseph (Ellen Bower) Scaptura, James (Marian Paradiso) Scaptura, Grace (John) Cherock, Marie C. "Mellie" (Nicholas) Spena and Rocco "Dick" Scaptura.
George is survived by his son, Thomas Scaptura, Endicott, N.Y.; and his daughter, Lisa Scaptura, Watkins Glen, N.Y.; his sister-in-law, Judy (Smith) Scaptura; and many nieces and nephews, as well as great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Friends and family may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 Fifth St., Watkins Glen, N.Y. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, at St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Watkins Glen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rider University, Office of Annual Giving, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099, or the American Legion or VFW post of one's choice.
Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.haughey-woodfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 29, 2014