Joseph J. VanScott

August 29, 1928 ~ May 8, 2022 (age 93)

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Joseph VanScott  "Joe"

Palmyra:  Born and raised in Macedon, NY, Joe VanScott graduated from Macedon High School and earned a degree in Building Science from Alfred State College. In 1951, he and his brother, Charles founded the contracting business, VanScott Brothers in Palmyra. As a skilled carpenter, who took pride in his work and loved a challenge, so he was known for quality home building and renovations in the area. In his later years, he never fully embraced the concept of retiring as, he continued serving his customers into his nineties while also being an avid reader and golfer.

Joe was married to Jean (Schreiner) for over 69 years and was considered by family and friends to be an outstanding example of a dedicated spouse and a determined provider for their seven children.

Joe was immersed in his local community his whole life; dozens of local men will remember him as their Boy Scout troop leader. Joe was also a longtime active member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, well known for making sure doughnuts were provided after Sunday Mass and hosting a Saturday morning bible discussion group at his home. His faith was apparent as he faced the end of this life with a calm courage and a humble dignity.  Consider yourself fortunate indeed if you ever found yourself in the company of Joe and know that it was time well spent making an irreplaceable friend. Those who knew him will remember the gentle goodness that a man such as Joe can bring to this world. May he rest in well-deserved peace. In addition to his wife Jean, Joe is survived by brother Eugene, wife Jean, 6 children, 9 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.

Family and friends are welcome to gather together for a time of visitation on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 4-7PM at the Murphy Funeral & Cremation Chapel, 123 East Jackson Street, Palmyra, NY 14522.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, May 13th, 12 Noon at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, in St. Anne's Catholic Church, 136 Church Street. Palmyra, NY 14522.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Care Net of Wayne County (, or a charity of your choice.  To light a candle, leave a condolence, or to upload a photo please visit the tribute wall of Joe's obituary at

Ps 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

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May 12, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Murphy Funeral & Cremation Palmyra Chapel
123 East Jackson St.
Palmyra, NY 14522

Mass of Christian Burial
May 13, 2022

12:00 PM
St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. Anne’s Church
136 Church St.
Palmyra, NY 14522


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