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Alan M. Scarnavack - 78

4/21/1937 - 4/4/2016

Naples, Fl

Alan M. Scarnavack 78, Veteran  USMC, passed away peacefully in Naples, FL on April 4th 2016. He was born in Chicago, IL on April 21, 1937. He attended Christ the King Grammar School and graduated from Leo High School. Following his military service he received a BS in Education from the University of Illinois. He then went on to receive a JD from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1972. He also did post doctorate work at Northwestern University College of Law. His legal career spanned 40 years and included work in The Chicago Police Department, The Cook County State Attorney's Office and Office of the Public Defender of Cook County. He was a proud Life Member of the Marine Corps League, The Marine's Memorial Club, The Windy City Club, The Canaryville Veteran's Association and The American Legion Hardee Mills Post. Alan was also a member of The American Bar Association, The Illinois Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Association and The Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorney's. He was a dynamic lecturer and taught at St. Xavier University, The John Marshall School of Law, ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law and The Chicago Police Dept. Training Academy. His many professional awards include the South Chicago Kiwanis Club Outstanding Prosecutor and DePaul University Phi Theta Law Fraternity's Abraham Lincoln Award. In 2002 he was honored by Mayor Richard M. Daley for his resolution adopted by the Council of the City of Chicago. Beloved son of the late Samuel and Marie, nee Roubeck. Dear father of Michael (Wendy), John (Kimberly), Molly Weeks, Daniel (Jill), Matthew (Helane). Loving grandfather of Jake, Samuel, Isabel, Melissa, John, Michael Henry, Elisabeth, Olivia, Dylan, Daniel Alan, Andrew, Daniel, Cole, Cade, Guilia, Lucas and Nicholas. Fond brother of Linda, Gloria and Claudia. Visitation Monday 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Beverly Ridge Funeral Home; 10415 S. Kedzie Ave. Family and friends will gather at Christ the King Church; 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago, IL 60643 on Tuesday 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass 10:00 a.m.  Interment St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to The Wounded Warrior Project; PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. 773-779-4411



Monday, April 11th, 3-8 p.m.


Tuesday, April 12th, 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church


  • Tammy Zeglis and Dr. Michael Uphues

    on 04/08/16

    Molly and family:  We absolutely loved your father and Bug.  They were always welcoming and very entertaining with us. We were able to visit with him prior to his passing at the hospital and I helped him with his dinner.  He was with it mentally and was as talkative as he could be and very happy that we visited and thanked us as well.  He was very gracious.  He talked of you all so many times and was so proud of you all.  He had so many interesting stories about his life and what you were all doing, your families, ect.  We are so sorry for your loss.  We will miss him when we are here.  God bless to you all!

  • Dr. Michael Uphues

    on 04/09/16

    My deepest condolences to your whole family. I had the pleasure of meeting Matt in Naples last week. I got to know Al quite well over the last several years. The focus of our conversations was the Chicago Catholic league (I graduated from Fenwick), the U of I (Both Al and I graduated from there), the Cubs (I was bat boy in 1985), Chicago politics (Vote early and vote often), the outfit, books, movies, and the food in Chicago. Apparently Jane Byrne could out drink anyone! Jesus, how about poor Bernie Epton? Talk about sad! Suffice it to say Al and I had many a long and enlightening conversation. However, I do want to let you know that more than anything else, Al talked about his children, his gardens, and time past in Chicago. He wished things had played out differently and it is my hope that those who never knew that, lacked understanding, compassion, or forgiveness now know that. I met Al late in the game, but learned much from him. We are all human. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Sometimes it takes extraordinary amounts of patience, understanding, empathy, and compassion to experience the heart, intention, and depth of one another.

  • Joe and Colleen Finelli, Jr

    on 04/09/16

    We met Al through my parents who also had a place in Naples. They were good friends and shared many stories over the years.

    He and my dad were both Marines and had a common bond of brotherhood.

    Always outspoken, you knew exactly what was on his mind. Very honest and a loyal friend.

    He will be missed.

    Our prayers go out to his family, may he be at peace.

    Joe and Colleen Finelli, Jr

  • Bob Strunck

    on 04/09/16

    He was simply larger than life. He did so many things to help so many people. Simple words can not describe his life. He will always live on.
  • Joyce & Tony Nejaime

    on 04/09/16

     Al was our good friend for many years.Although we've been in Az. since Oct and won't be back to the Neapolitan till next week, we spoke and texted often.Al was such a bright wouldn't pull the wool over his eyes! Life is so short,I enjoyed making deserts for him that he loved so much. Such a pleasure to know him! We will truly miss him sad we were away.May God bless you all and keep you safe. For everyone who did not really know Al the gardener.the bookreader,the caring father and the person willing to help you whenever he could, what a loss


  • Chuck Ryan

    on 04/11/16

    Michael, John, Molly, Daniel and Matt, 

    Your dad will always have a special place in my heart. When we were very young, he often times provided support to me when I did not get it elsewhere. I kept in touch with your dad over the years and there was not one conversation that did not involve "all" of you. He was a proud man and very proud of all of you. He also made the best garlic meatballs I have ever had! I will forgive him for being a Cub fan.

    Rest in peace Mr. Scarnavack, 


    Chuck Ryan

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