Gloucester, MA — Stephen R. Scotti, 78, composer of “Last Hurrah,” and the husband of Christine (Cullinane) Scotti, of Gloucester, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the Beverly Hospital.
Born in Somerville on April 19, 1935, he was the son of the late Stephen and Josephine (Spera) Scotti. Stephen attended Rindge Technical School in Cambridge, and then Boston University, where he received a degree in music.
Mr. Scotti taught music at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and also the Lawrence Vocational School of Lawrence, Mass.
Later in his career, he attended the North Bennett Street Technical School in Boston where he studied piano technology and rebuilding. He went on to become a member of the Piano Technicians Guild of America. He was a very fine piano tuner and technician, but his first love was music.
Mr. Scotti was a truly gifted composer and pianist. His talent for writing music and poetry was world renowned. He performed on the Gaye Burne Show in Ireland and also produced many wonderful theatrical productions including "Viva Cummings," a celebration of the poetry of E.E. Cummings. Mr. Scotti touched many people from heads of state, to celebrities, to common folk everywhere.
He will be sadly missed, but happily remembered.
In addition to his wife, Christine, he is survived by his sons Raem and Christopher Scotti, both of Gloucester; his sister, Annette Missouri; his brother, Lawrence Scotti; and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 3, at 10 a.m. in Seaside Cemetery. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester.
Kindly omit flowers. Contributions may be made to the Scotti Family, 10 Williams Court, Gloucester, MA 01930.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.