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Scott John Callan
January 25, 1970 ~ July 3, 2023 (age 53) 53 Years Old
Scott John Callan, 53, passed unexpectedly on July 3rd at home in Colchester, Connecticut.
He was born in Woburn, Massachusetts and grew up in Enfield, Connecticut. Scott loved to play tennis at Forest Park with his father and uncle and he loved to get into mischief with his siblings and his friends. At Enfield High School Scott developed a love of theater that bloomed into a lifelong passion for film. He graduated from Colby College with a Bachelors in Sociology, and was as proud an alumnus as ever there was.
Scott used this education, alongside a knack for managing large groups of people, to become a successful manager in a variety of contexts, from restaurants to corporate projects. As noted Scott’s greatest interest, however, was film. He’d watch the same movies over and over again. He took a particular liking to The Godfather Parts I and II (once stealing a touch of the iconic desk housed at the Coppola Winery). Taking his chronic rewatching as the norm, Scott loved to talk about movies to discuss directorial decisions and cinematic techniques. When a new movie came out, “We’re going to the movies” always implied “and I’m going to teach you how it was put together.”
In 1998 he married Rebecca DeAngelis and in 2004 they started a family, with the birth of their first child, Henry. Two years later they moved to Colchester, and days later, their second child Jillian debuted. To his children Scott imparted his love of film, Henry with an interest in writing and directorial techniques and Jillian with a love of stage acting such that it is her primary pursuit.
Scott treasured his time with his children, taking them fishing and teaching them how to cook creatively. He liked to venture out on long scenic drives, listening to 70s and 80s rock, especially Tom Petty. Scott encouraged Henry and Jillian to live large, as he always did.
Scott will be remembered as a genuine and faithful friend, with a trademark, irreverent sense of humor. He made us laugh even when we weren’t supposed to be laughing. We’re really going to miss, as he put it, “the funniest person you know.” To the people that knew him Scott was always a man with a big personality, the kind who seemed to be at the center of his own world.
Maybe it was his spot-on insights, his outrageous running commentaries, or the timbre of his laughter. He could always make you feel special. With a few minutes of Scott’s attention and encouragement or maybe some small eruption of laughter - suddenly you’d feel like you were worth a million bucks. You’d find you felt lighter, a weight lifted.
Scott is survived by his mother Sonja (Burneko) and siblings David, Tracy (Callan) and Jeff Robillard, and Beth Callan. He was predeceased by his father John A. Callan and brother John Todd. Scott leaves behind his children, Henry and Jillian, and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. He will also be missed by his former wife, Rebecca DeAngelis, along with the friends and extended family he dearly loved. You need to know that Scott thought of his closest friends as extended family and added more uncles and aunts to Henry and Jillian’s family tree.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Scott’s life at 2 pm on Sunday, August 6th at Day Pond State Park in Colchester. Friends and family are invited to stay after the service for a pot-luck barbeque. If you’ll be joining us, please bring a dish to share. Please leave alcohol, weed products, and high heels at home. If you have folding chairs, please bring them along. There is seating there, but it is limited.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Scott’s memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund. To leave online condolences, please visit luddyandpetersonfh.com