In Memory of
June 16, 1948 - January 3, 2018
Scala, 69, passed away peacefully in his home on
January 3, 2018, after a courageous four year battle
with cancer. Peter was born on June 16, 1948 in
New Jersey to Andrew and Helen Scala. He grew up in
Parlin, NJ and was the youngest of five with two
brothers, Joseph and Andrew; and two sisters, Mary and
Peter joined the United States Army at age 18 as a
member of the 101st Airborne Division and was a Vietnam
Veteran awarded with a Vietnam Service Medal and three
Bronze Service stars.
Peter went on to serve his country further as a Police
Officer with the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey. Retirement came early due to an injury that led
him to settle in Ft. Myers, Florida where he met the
love of his life, Monika. Peter's desire for warm
weather and beaches led him to become a Scuba Dive
Instructor, which both he and Monika enjoyed together.
One of Peter's passions in life was visiting new places
and going on adventures. In addition to various
locations in the United States, Peter and his wife
enjoyed traveling to the Cayman Islands, China, and
Europe. He particularly loved Paris and wished to return
there with his whole family one day.
Peter's interests included playing golf, physical
fitness, and surrounding himself with family and
friends. He provided a great example to his children
about the importance of health and physical fitness as
well as having respect for animals and all living
things. He had an infectious sense of humor and could
add sunshine to the cloudiest of days. He touched the
lives of every single person he met and always thought
of ways he could help others. Peter will be missed by
all and many who had the opportunity to know him feel it
was an honor to be his friend.
Peter will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Monika,
of 24 years; three children, Jason, Jodie, and Tanya;
his three grandchildren, Ashley, April, and Braeden.
An Open House Celebration of Life for close friends and
family will be held at the home on January 19, 2018 from
5:30-7:30 pm. Come as you are and bring a memory.
In lieu of flowers, plants that will thrive in a garden
would be appreciated. To honor Peter's love of animals,
we ask that you make contributions in his name to Gulf
Coast Humane Society.