NEW ROCHELLE, NY — 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 Marcello and Mary (Nicoletti) Gallello.
Scoop graduated New Rochelle High School in 1937 and went on to develop a love for boxing that lasted his entire life. Scoop won the Victory Glove Championship in 1942. In later years he trained boxers and taught children the “Art of Self-Defense”. He also wrote a column for the local newspapers titled “Scoop’s Corner” and began a monthly boxing pamphlet by the same name. Scoop was elected as President of the International Veteran Boxers Assoc., and was inducted into the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004. In 1960’s Scoop purchased a neighborhood tavern on Drake Ave. 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 was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife of 68 years, the former Filomena “Dee” D’Esposito.
Scoop is survived by his children Marcello “Butch” Gallello, Josephine (Fred) Short and Kathleen Gallello, 7 grandchildren, Pam (Fred), Janine, Robert, Alfred (Elly), Brian (Gina), Kristine (Peter) and Michael (Monica); 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Rose Devito and Lucy Piccino; his brother Thomas and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Mary O’Keefe; his sister Josephine Carafa and his brothers Franklin, Roosevelt “Babe” and Louis.
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.