My heart is very heavy as I learn of the passing of Joe Scappe. Joe came into my life in 1990 when, as a 24 year old kid, I entered Coraopolis politics. Joe and his entire family supported me, educated me and believed in me when most everyone else would not. Joe was sometimes a father figure to me. Sometimes a wise uncle. Sometimes that critical but so ever honest friend. He was exceptionally strong willed and incredibly loyal. I learned countless life lessons from him and those lessons have served me so well as I’ve continued along my life. For more than 26 years, the Scappe family has been so very kind and loving to me and I’ll be forever humbled and eternally grateful. Selfishly, I yield to what has been a very difficult 12 months personally. And losing Joe is simply another blow. Rest in Peace, my dear friend. You left such a wonderful and loving impact on so many people. And thank you for choosing to include me in your life.