In the week since Reeves Beach resident John Scorzelli, Jr. died in a tragic Sound Avenue car crash, broken-hearted friends, family and all those who loved him are mourning his loss.
Scorzelli, a physician's assistant who loved the beach and lacrosse, devoted his life to building a nurturing and loving home for his wife, Maria, and their sons Odin, 9, and Honor, who will turn 8 this week, and , and the kindness and dignity with which he treated his patients.
Hundreds paid their last respects and gave heartfelt tribute to a man who touched scores of lives with his warmth.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that those wishing to donate in memory of the loving husband and father contribute to a college fund set up for Scorzelli's two little boys.
Details regarding the Scorzelli Children's Education Fund have been set finalized; all funds will be deposited into the boys' future college accounts with the Ugift New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan.
529 plans are educational savings plans operated by New York State to help families save for future college costs.
Checks can be made out to:Ugift New York's 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan and mailed to P.O. Box 55440, Boston, MA 02205-8323. The account number must be on the check.
The account number for Honor Scorzelli is 306761153-01; the account number for Odin Scorzelli is 306761153-02. Donations made by check must be a minimum of $25.
As an alternative, those wishing to contribute can also send a check to Maria Scorzelli at 41 Park Drive, Riverhead, NY, 11901. Donations can be made in any amount, and will be divided evenly between both boys' college fund accounts.