Funeral Staff & Family

Salvatore “Buddy” Scotto (Retired Former Owner)

Community activist Buddy Scotto was the previous principal owner and Licensed Manager of Scotto Funeral Home. Son of Patsy and Rose Scotto, the founders of Scotto Funeral Home. Buddy is a proud alum of St. Stephen Grammar School and Bishop Laughlin Memorial High School. A graduate of the original St. Francis College, Buddy served a commission in the Korean War in 1950 and successfully completed Officer’s School. Buddy later returned home to the old neighborhood and obtained his Funeral Directors License so that his parents could retire. Although Patsy and Rose never did truly retire, Buddy took what he had learned in college, the Army and Funeral School to not only build a better business, but also a better neighborhood. During a time when many others fled the old neighborhood for Long Island and elsewhere, Buddy remained in Brooklyn with is wife, Elaine and two children, Debra and Mark. Buddy’s care and concern for people led him to found numerous local organizations which provide affordable housing for seniors and low income families as well as providing day care services for working moms. The professional integrity and understanding which Buddy set as the very high standards when it comes to serving the families that seek comfort and direction at Scotto Funeral Home have been maintained since Buddy’s retirement in 2012.

Theresa “Dolly” Scotto-Spinelli

The oldest child of Patsy and Rose Scotto, Terry or Dolly as she is referred to by her friends, is commonly the voice at the other end of the phone no matter what time day or night that you call Scotto Funeral Home. With 50 years experience in the funeral industry Terry became active at Scotto Funeral home in 1958 soon after her marriage to her beloved husband Frank Spinelli. Terry is truly one of Scotto Funeral Home’s greatest assets combining the perfect balance of hospitality, warmth and empathy during a families most difficult times. Her old school traits make all that walk through the doors of Scotto Funeral Home feel like family.