Elio Omar Scotti
Elio Omar Scotti was born on April 21, 1939 in Cordoba, Argentina to Jose Pedro Scotti and Maria Rosa
Amoros, and was the first of their five children. He died at the age of 81 in Goodyear, AZ on November
23, 2020. He was a salesman, an entrepreneur, a provider to his entire family, a loyal husband of near 60 years and a father of two children. He is survived by his wife, Cristina, and his children Patti and Paul, and his five grandchildren, Celeste, Kevin, Kyle, Brooke, and Brandon.
At the age of 14 he began attending a Military High School in Cordoba where he enjoyed gymnastics and other physical training while being molded with military training, discipline, loyalty, and honor –virtues which guided him throughout his life.
He began his sales career while still in High School assisting his father in managing a photo/art business – providing families with colorized artistic reproductions of their black-and-white family portraits. At the age of 18 he went north to his uncle in Uruguay to learn the art of planography –transferring art on a flat surface to banners, flags and shirts; and he brought his newfound skill back to Argentina to begin his own business.
At the age of 21, Elio married Maria Cristina Carreras on March 23, 1961. At the age of 30, Elio was the top salesman for the Day of the Children (Dia de los Ninos) fundraising campaign in Cordoba, which led to his management of that fundraising campaign. At the age of 36, with his wife and two young children, and after being on a waiting list for 10 years, he brought his family to the United States, to Floral Park, Long Island, New York. Like so many others, he came to this country without a job, but with a sponsor, a classmate from the military academy.
This country offered him opportunities, which he took with gusto. He began working for a commercial photography lab in NYC for bosses who were level-headed and good-hearted. After three years of putting in massive amounts of time and energy, he owned the company and shortly thereafter he bought his first home, in Rockville Centre, Long Island, which he paid off in five years.
Elio sponsored both his younger brothers, Miguel and Hector, to come to the United States, and housed them and their families in his home until they could be self-sufficient –allowing both brothers and their families the opportunity he himself had when he brought his own family to this country for a better future.
Elio was a fierce believer in economic freedom, and was a member of the Irvington-on-the-Hudson based organization, Freedom for Economic Education (FEE), and was a follower of the writings and economic principles of the Austrian economist, Ludwig Von Mises, devouring all of Mises’ books on economic free markets, with his favorites being Human Action and Socialism. Elio’s license plate reads, “Tu ne cede malis”, which is the first portion of the longer phrase by Virgil, “Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito” which is Latin for “Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them”. This phrase was chosen by Mises as his Motto, and Elio, likewise, chose it as his own.
Elio strived hard to provide for his family, even when they became adults, and he is remembered by his family for being a very generous man, whose help in financial hard times was provided without hesitation.
Elio’s hobby was fencing. He entered fencing competitions while a young man in Argentina, and picked it up again in the United States as an over-50s fencer, getting coaching lessons in NYC from some excellent Russian fencers, preparing him to be on a Seniors team that competed in England in 1994.
Elio will be missed, and never forgotten. May he be in God’s goodness, and rest in peace.