Carroll Gardens

Scotto Funeral Home seeks new location after eviction

May 16, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Buddy Scotto. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese

One of the best-known old businesses in Carroll Gardens, the Scotto Funeral Home, has been evicted from its brownstone at 104 First Place. and is now seeking a new location in the area.

The home, founded by the Scotto family in 1926, has been holding wakes at the Cobble Hill Funeral Home on nearby Court Street since being evicted in January.

“Scotto Funeral Home is a place in our heart not a building,” John Heyer Jr., one of the directors of the home, told Pardon Me for Asking. “We will continue to provide caring service to our community, although sadly not on First Place, since our eviction is no longer just a rumor but a reality.

“We would have loved to stay and maintain the continuity of place for our business started by Dolly and Buddy Scotto’s parents Patsy and Rose so many years ago,” Heyer added. “Still, we will continue that legacy and comfort our families within the neighborhood.”

Salvatore “Buddy” Scotto, 89, the best-known member of the family, is a well-known community activist and political candidate who founded the Gowanus Canal Community Development Association and has spearheaded the effort to clean up the canal.

But he is best known for running a funeral home so successful that the living were dying to get into it.

The funeral home’s former space is being offered for lease by Downtown Brooklyn real estate firm CPEX, the blog reported.

The Brooklyn Eagle reached out several times to the funeral home, which declined to comment.