09 Feb Scott Vitale Velechko
August 23, 1969 – February 5, 2021
Scott Vitale Velechko of Glen Ridge, NJ entered the world on August 23, 1969. Parents, Carolyn and Vitale (Wally) Velechko raised Scott along with his older sister, Pamela Velechko Gordon, in Clifton and Totowa, NJ. Scott was extremely close to his paternal grandparents, Anna and Peter Velechko and to his maternal grandparents, Robert & Gladys Gorny. He was also inseparable from his cousin Robert Gorny Jr. Scott married his wife Jeanna Czerniecki Velechko in 1997 and was proud to be Harrison Velechko’s father.
Scott attended high school at Paul VI Regional where he played soccer and served on the Student Council. Scott attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to major in Computer Science and met some of his lifelong friends in Pi Kappa Alpha. Scott started his own business, Clifton Computer Service, while he was in college. He was often called upon to install and repair computers in the early 1990s. Scott continued to learn and develop his skills at Computerland, Netcom, ICS, and Vanstar. He then joined Square Earth, which reunited him with friends from RPI. Eventually Scott and two partners started their own company, which later became known as Aptegrity. Scott was Vice President of Global Alliances and lived in San Francisco to have direct contact with the West Coast office. Finally, Scott joined the Microsoft team in 2011 and served as a Global Business Manager and Account Executive.
In addition to working, Scott was an avid golfer and skier. Scott was a member of the Glen Ridge Country Club where he served on the Board of Trustees. Scott loved being on the golf course as it afforded him time with friends and a chance to improve his game. Most importantly, Scott loved passing the game on to his son, Harrison. The two were often found walking, with the same gate, on the course. In more recent years Scott began teaching Harrison to ski. The Velechko family spent the last six seasons skiing in Windham, NY. Scott helped Harrison and Jeanna, become better skiers. During the last two winters, Scott volunteered at the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham. He worked with children and adults who needed some modifications to enjoy the slopes. Working with the Warriors in Motion program was a memorable weekend. Scott commented that he received more from volunteering than he gave.
Scott had many other interests. He enjoyed cooking and eating good food and always wanted to share his delicacies with neighbors and friends. He was also well known for his quick wit and mischievous nature. Scott became a legend for his aprons, Christmas cards, pranks and sarcasm. Most importantly, Scott loved being with people. He could tell a story or joke and would add colorful commentary to any discussion.
Family was important to Scott. He was devoted to his wife, Jeanna, and looked after her. He cleaned her car when there was snow on it, made sure she ate more than eggs for dinner and greeted her with a warm hug each day. Scott valued his time taking Harrison to and from school and playing a quick game of HORSE in the backyard. Harrison and Jeanna have many loving memories to keep Scott’s memory alive.
There will be an outdoor Celebration of Life program to honor Scott on April 24, 2021 at Glen Ridge Country Club located at 555 Ridgewood Ave Glen Ridge, NJ. Arrival begins at 2 p.m. with the tribute beginning at 2:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will take place April 25th.
The family is requesting that those who knew Scott share a memory, picture or note on https://www.newlywords.com/scott-velechko/
Friends and family may honor Scott by making a donation to the Adaptive Sports Foundation. https://www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org/donate/