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John David Scalamonti

January 18, 1941 ~ December 9, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

John David Scalamonti Obituary

John David Scalamonti, 82, currently of Clarks Summit and formerly of Baltimore, MD and Old Bridge, NJ, died Saturday evening in Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton.  He and his wife, the former Diane S. Max, celebrated 50 years of marriage this past June.

Born in Peckville and raised in Jessup, John was the son of the late Adam and Elizabeth (Betty) Talnagi Scalamonti.  The eldest of five children, John was driven to serve humanity. As a young man, educated in parochial schools and seminaries, he joined the La Salette Fathers and became an ordained Roman Catholic Priest.  While he cherished and respected his La Salette brothers, John’s unceasing pursuit of deep spiritual connections and his compassionate understanding of the human condition compelled him to leave the priesthood.  Ultimately, John turned to Judaism, where he regained his faith, and was reborn to a new life. 

John’s unconventional journey, along with his appreciation for the spiritual and moral value of his religious heritage moved him to share his story with others.  A community activist, John authored a book and regularly spoke to audiences across the country on conversion and related subjects, and the beauty of Judaism, which he profoundly felt.

For many years, while residing in New Jersey, John served his community in the capacity of deputy mayor and councilman, and later, became a Justice of the Peace. 

John made a lasting impression on everyone he knew.  He was entertaining and engaging and had an eccentric sense of humor.  But most of all, John was empathic, selfless, and displayed a remarkable capacity to help and love all people. 

In addition to his beloved wife, Diane, he is survived by their four children, daughters Bari Lauren Kroll and husband Julian, Lisa Renée Scalamonti, and Dorie Michele Scalamonti; and son David Michael Scalamonti; grandchildren Gabriel Max Kroll, and Alexis, Daniel, and Cassidy Scalamonti; his sister Maria Ambrogi; sister-in-law Esther Teller; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers Michael, Andrew, and Charles Scalamonti; and brother-in-law Adam Ambrogi. 

A private graveside service was held in the Dalton Jewish Cemetery by Rabbi Benny Rapoport.

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Dalton Jewish Cemetery
105 Shoemaker Road
Dalton, PA 18414


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