Scott McVay Petrone died after a year-long illness on April 21, 2020, at his home in New York City. He was 47. Known for his many deep friendships, care, and support of others, and his athleticism and love of sports, Scott will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Scott was born in Princeton, NJ, on January 15, 1973 and attended the Princeton Public Schools, graduating from Princeton High School in 1991. Remarkably, Scott earned 12 varsity letters at Princeton High School, lettering in soccer, swimming, and baseball from freshman through senior year. He captained his soccer, swimming, and baseball teams and earned All-State honors in soccer.
Scott attended Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, and graduated with a B.A. degree in economics. At Claremont, Scott was captain of the baseball team, earned four varsity letters, and was awarded the Arce Award for athletics.
After graduation, Scott embarked on a successful Wall Street career which began as a clerk on the New York Stock Exchange where he was the youngest head clerk in his firm’s history. He then held senior positions at Prudential Securities and Lazard Capital Markets as a convertible bond trader with responsibility for institutional sales, market making, capital commitment, and compliance.
Golf was a central part of Scott’s adult life and his friends and family have many cherished memories of the hours (sometimes full days) spent with Scott on the golf course and at Springdale Golf Club in particular where Scott was the Club Champion in 2012. Scott often walked away with the annual Petrone Open trophy and spent many hours organizing this much-loved family event.
Scott was also known to his friends and family for his encyclopedic knowledge of NYC and every restaurant that was worth visiting. You could call Scott with a destination and he would recommend a handful of excellent restaurants close by and sometimes pull strings to make a reservation for you. Scott loved good food and wanted to make sure that everyone was taken care of and having the best experience possible.
Throughout his life Scott was attached to his family and many friends, and doted on his nieces and nephews who were very dear to him and who loved him greatly in return. His friends treasured his spirit and sense of adventure, and the ease and enjoyment of being in his company. He will be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity, friendship, and respect and care for others.
Scott is survived by his parents, Ellen and Tom Petrone, his brothers, Michael, Andy and Bryan, his sisters-in-law, Emilie and Deborah, and his nieces and nephews, Claire, Benjamin, Drew, Calvin and Abby, in addition to many wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorial services are being held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to 101: Need-Based Scholarships for Princeton High School Graduates (fund101.org); or Citymeals.org, where Scott delivered meals to the homebound in New York City.