Couple who jumped to death advised son on coping with loss

New York Post – by Caroll Alvarado and Danika Fears

The son of a Manhattan couple who jumped to their deaths together Friday said in a school speech last year that his parents once gave him advice on how to cope if he lost “everyone I love.

“I am going to share with you some advice given to me by my own parents when I was younger,” Joseph Scarpelli told his classmates at the ritzy Loyola High School on the Upper East Side, in a speech given at a morning assembly in March 2016.  

“My parents repeatedly told me that I could wake up one day and lose everyone I love, but no one will ever be able to take away my faith.”

Early Friday, the teen’s parents, 53-year-old Glenn Scarpelli and 50-year-old Patricia Colant, jumped from the ninth-floor window of a 17-story office building on Madison Avenue in Murray Hill.

The couple mentioned serious financial troubles in two suicide notes they left behind.

Joseph currently attends the University of Miami School of Business Administration, while his sister, Isabella, is enrolled at St. Edwards University in Texas, according to the high school’s alumni magazine.

“They were both beautiful people,” said a young woman who attended Loyola High School with Isabella. “They were a big Italian family, always inviting people over for the festival of the seven fishes. They were always involved in school.”

“Their kids didn’t know anything about their financial problems,” she added. “None of us did. He seemed like he loved his job.”

8 thoughts on “Couple who jumped to death advised son on coping with loss

  1. Glenn, whose office was on the same floor of the building where the couple jumped, titled the suicide note found in his pocket, ‘WE HAD A WONDERFUL LIFE.” It was typed on a piece of white paper.

    His wife also had a suicide note in her pocket that read, “in sum and substance,” according to a source, “‘Our kids are upstairs, please take care of them.’”

    “Patricia and I had everything in life,’ the man’s note read. But it also touched on the couple’s “financial spiral” and how “we can not live with” the “financial reality,” sources said.

  2. It all depends on your point of view. A kid digging through a garbage pile in India may think himself quite blessed if he found just one chicken bone with an overlooked bit of meat on it.
    He may consider himself quite fortunate being so near death the previous day.

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