WELLSVILLE - Joseph M. "Joe" Scarabino, 58, of Wellsville, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at East Liverpool City Hospital.
He was born May 2, 1956, in Steubenville, the son of the late Joseph A. and Thelma "Timmie" (Pennington) Scarabino.
Joe graduated from Wellsville High School in 1974 and attended Youngstown State University. He graduated from the Ohio Police Officer Academy in 1980. While in high school, he excelled in football and took pride in playing on the defensive line that still holds the record for fewest points scored against. He was a 34 year veteran of the Wellsville Police Department, serving the last 14 years as chief. During his time with the department, Joe started a program for troubled youth and the Wellsville Crime Watch, as well as providing surprise Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the community. He served as the past president and chaplain of the Fraternal Order of Police No. 11 and also reinstated the twenty-one gun salute for veterans during Memorial Day ceremonies. Joe was instrumental in organizing the youth fishing derby, and he coached youth baseball, football, basketball, and track. He also loved to visit Garfield Elementary School to read to the students. In 1984, Joe saved the life of a Wellsville resident at the Jim Kenny Marina, and he received many citations and commendations while serving as a police officer. He was the recipient of the G.W. McMillan Friend of the School Award in 2005 and the Knights of Columbus Blue Coat of the Year Award for top police officer of the year in 1992. Joe was truly devoted to Wellsville. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish. He thoroughly enjoyed attending his daughter Angelica's sporting events. Joe also owned and operated Angelica's Lawn Care Service.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia "Cindy" (Amato) Scarabino, whom he married Aug. 19, 1994; two daughters: Angelica Scarabino, who survives at home, and Lacey Scarabino of East Liverpool; three sons: Jason Congrove of West Point, Joseph A. Scarabino of Erie, Pa., and Michael A. Scarabino of East Liverpool; two sisters: Aldonna Scarabino of Wellsville and Karen Scarabino-Dodoushe of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three special brothers-in-law: Attorney Nicholas Amato of East Liverpool, Attorney Charles C. Amato of Wellsville, and Shlomi Dodoushe of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Charles and Irma Amato of Wellsville. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and his pet dog, Mindy Sue.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Holy Trinity Parish at St. Aloysius with the Rev. Charles Crumbley as celebrant.
Burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday in the gymnasium at Wellsville High School, 1 Bengal Blvd, Wellsville, OH 43968, where a ceremony will be held by the Fraternal Order of Police at 7 p.m.
Roberts Funeral Home, 631 Main St. in Wellsville, is entrusted with the arrangements.
You may view this obituary and send condolences online at www.robertsfuneralhomewellsville.com