Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:08

Scott James DeCelle


MECHANICVILLE  — Scott James DeCelle, better known to some as “Diesel,” passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 surrounded by his family. Scott fought a long and difficult battle with cancer and was always grateful for the overpowering amount of love, support, and generosity he received from his family and friends. He was 57.

A graduate of Mechanicville High School, Scott was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He later went on to graduate from Hudson Valley Community College before beginning a career in performance materials with Bruno Machinery in Troy and later G.E. and Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford. 

Scott was a very easy-going person. He was always in a good mood and always smiling. He put others before himself and loved making everyone smile and laugh. Scott looked forward to dressing up like Santa Claus for his family and friends’ kids each holiday season. Actually, he loved Christmas so much he would keep his house decorated all year. He liked the Miami Dolphins, but loved baseball, and cherished his trips to Shea Stadium and then Citi Field to watch the Mets. He was a diehard fan. Scott also loved to golf and liked to brag to his nephews about his two holes-in-one. For some reason he collected Longaberger baskets. He loved a good puzzle. Scott was also famous from when he “told his story” to Steve Carell in 2001 when Comedy Central visited Mechanicville (video available at He loved to cook, especially grilling and he made a delicious pasta salad. 

He is predeceased by his father, Frederick R. DeCelle, Sr. and many aunts and uncles.

Scott is survived by his mother, Madeline Volpe Marinello, siblings; Daniel J. (Debra) DeCelle, Frederick R. (Renee) DeCelle, Jr., Trisha Ann (John) Izzo, David John DeCelle (Trina Carlton), Nicholas J. (Nicole) DeCelle, and step-mother Anne DeCelle. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews; Allison (Eric) Connors, Stephanie (Eric) Nelson, Maria (Cecil) Lane, Amelia and Nicole Izzo, Avery and Addison DeCelle, Nicholas D. (Meredith) DeCelle, and Samuel (Liana) DeCelle, 7 great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family all of whom were important to Scott.

Calling hours were 3/15/2021 at William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 3/16/2021 at All Saints on the Hudson South Church (St. Paul’s), 121 N. Main St, Mechanicville by the Rev. Thomas Morrette. The Mass is available to view: 

Burial followed at the family plot in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Mechanicville-Stillwater Wrestling Booster Club, 56 Brickyard Road, Mechanicville, NY 12118.

Scott’s family would like to thank Dr. Edward Liebers and the staff at Saratoga Oncology/Hematology, Dr. Alex Frank, Dr. Jonathan Canete, the Community Hospice of Saratoga, and the many friends that have cared so much for him.

Online remembrances may be made at

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