Joseph C. Scully, 76, died peacefully in his sleep at his Lakeside, Michigan home on Oct. 15, 2016. Born on Sept. 7, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to Nora and Clare Scully, he received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Chicago. An active member of the Loyola community and the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, he was a member of the Loyola University Board of Trustees for nine years and supported the university’s commitment to provide scholarships to Arupe College and to Loyola University students.
He was president and chief executive officer of St. Paul Federal Savings Bank. He was also dedicated to the advancement of fair housing practices in Chicago and Oak Park during his career and served in leadership positions on numerous community boards including Link Unlimited, Austin Career Education Center, Oak Park Housing Center and CARA.
Quiet and unassuming but unafraid to take unpopular stands for equality and justice, he was always up for a new adventure, and as a longtime movie enthusiast, Mr. Scully purchased the Vickers Theatre in Three Oaks, Michigan after he retired from banking. He was an avid golfer and loved nothing more than spending time on the golf course with family and friends.
For over 43 years, he suffered with Parkinson’s disease and was an inspiration to family members, friends, and all who knew him. He never let the disease define who he was. His strength, courage and good humor served him well as the disease progressed and challenged his quality of life.
His life can be summed up with the famous quote: “Try hard to leave the world a little better than you found it.” This is his legacy.
Joe Scully is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy; his children, Julie, JoEllen, Elizabeth, Kirk and Katie; his sons-in-law, Pat, Jeff and Chris; his grandchildren, Erinn, Joe, Caroline, Jack, Amelia, Charlotte, Natalie, Jackson, and Quinn; his brother, Edward; and his many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Roseanne Reid and Margie Griesmer.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 3 until 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at Oak Park’s Pleasant Home, 217 Home Ave.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorial donations in his name to Arupe College and/or Loyola University Chicago.