Alfred Amedeo Scaia
SOUTHBURY, CT - Alfred Amedeo Scaia, 88, died Wednesday, November 16, at his home in Connecticut.
Alfred was born in Readsboro, VT, on July 11, 1934, son of Adina Maroni Scaia and Alfred G. Scaia. He attended the local elementary school, followed by graduating from St. Joseph’s High School in North Adams, MA, and St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT, with a major in mathematics.
Upon graduation Alfred joined IBM and had a very successful 35-year career. He held several national and international executive positions, overseeing US and worldwide activities. Upon retirement from IBM, he formed a management consulting firm, developing long range plans for corporations and educational institutions.
Alfred excelled in sports, playing baseball, softball, and basketball. He was captain of the St. Joseph High School basketball team. He continued to be active at the college level, being a part of several championship teams. He was selected by the Readsboro American Legion to attend Vermont’s Boys State when a junior in high school. While at Boys State, he ran for and was elected state representative. He was also a member of the Readsboro Marching Band.
Alfred held several St. Michael’s College Alumni Association positions, including president in 1969. He was a member of the college board of trustees when it voted to become a coed intuition, after being a male-only school since its founding in 1904.
Alfred also served for many years on the St. Anne’s Shrine board of trustees in Isle La Motte, VT. He was a fourth degree member of Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Readsboro, VT.
Although he lived and travelled all over the world, Alfred remained loyal to his roots in Readsboro, VT. He belonged to the Lions Club, received the Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, was president of the Readsboro Historical Society, member of the cemetery commission, and supportive of several organizations such as Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment Inc. and the town library. He served on the school board, encouraging open communication practices that involved all interested parties.
Alfred developed an interest in preserving WWII, town, and family histories by interviewing individuals at no cost, providing DVD copies to family members and the Readsboro Library for individuals to view. He conducted over 150 interviews. Sixteen of the WWII interviews are housed in the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. He received a lifetime achviement award from the Vermont Historical Society. He was featured in several TV programs and publications regarding his interest in documenting town and family histories.
Alfred was married to Marion (Nancy) Terwilliger on June 17, 1957. They had three daughters, Laura Scaia and her partner Cyndi Saint, of Santa Fe, NM, Mae Scaia, of Bradenton, FL, and Ann Scaia, of Newtown; and four grandchildren, Emily, Alia, Madison, and Connor. He is also survived by one great-granddaughter Paisley Mae.
In lieu of flowers consider donating in honor of Alfred to St. Anne’s Shrine, PO Box 280, Isle La Motte, VT 05463.
Services will be held in the spring. To leave an online condolence visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.