Nicholas “Scoop” Gallello, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died on April 15, 2015. He was 95.
Scoop was born on November 2, 1919, in New Rochelle, to the late Marcello and Mary (Nicoletti) Gallello. He attended the area’s public schools and graduated from New Rochelle in 1937. In his youth he developed a great love of boxing and this followed him all the days of his life. Scoop starting boxing as a welterweight in the 1940’s and won the Victory Glove Championship in 1942. In later years he trained boxers and taught children the “Art of Self –Defense” at the local Boys Clubs through the Youth Bureau. He also wrote a column for the local newspapers titled “Scoop’s Corner” and began a monthly boxing pamphlet by the same name, where he highlighted the lives of various boxers. During these years, Scoop was elected as President of the International Veteran Boxers Association and spent much time in organizing events with primary focus on providing assistance to former boxers in need. In 1999, Scoop was inducted into the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame and into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004. In the 1960’s Scoop purchased a neighborhood tavern on Drake Ave. that he named Ring 30, after his beloved boxing organization, and managed it into the 1980’s. In his later life, Scoop worked for Assemblyman Ron Tocci and served as a Community Advocate until his retirement.
Scoop married the love of his life, Filomena “Dee” D’Esposito Gallello on October 10, 1943 at St. Joseph’s Church. They made their home in New Rochelle and had 3 children: Mary O’Keefe (Robert), Marcello “Butch” Gallello and Josephine (Fred) Short. The couple was married 68 years at the time of Filomena’s death on April 9, 2012. Scoop also sadly lost his beloved daughter Mary on January 7, 2015. In addition Scoop was predeceased by his sister Josephine Carafa and brothers Franklin, Roosevelt “Babe” and Louis.
Scoop is survived by his children Marcello, Josephine and Kathleen; 7 grandchildren: Pam Racanello (Fred), Janine Short, Robert O’Keefe Jr., Alfred Short, Jr. (Elly), Brian O’Keefe (Gina), Kristine Grossmann (Peter) and Michael O’Keefe (Monica), 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Rose Devito and Lucy Piccino; brother Thomas and numerous nieces and nephews.
Scoop was a bigger than life man who befriended everyone who crossed his path. He was much loved and admired throughout his life by family and friends alike. He will be remembered and missed forever.
Visiting will be Sunday from 2-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Monday at Blessed Sacrament Church 10:30am Interment will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the ALS Association; NY Chapter, 42 Broadway; Suite 1724, NY, NY 10004, in memory of Scoop’s daughter Mary P. O’Keefe.