John “Scotty” Wraith, of Valley Stream, died on March 1, 2014. He was 82.
Born in Greenock, Scotland in 1931, he grew up in the seaside village of Largs on the River Clyde. He immigrated to the United States with his wife, Philomena, and young son in 1957. After several years working as a track layer for the Long Island Railroad, including some in Valley Stream, his wife persuaded him to switch to office work in 1961. He retired from Chase Manhattan Bank in 1987 and enjoyed a long retirement indulging in his hobby of woodworking, babysitting his grandchildren and visiting his family overseas.
Survivors include son Ian and his wife Alida, son Thomas and his wife Mary, daughter-in-law Barbara Wraith, sister Jean, grandchildren Thomas (Lana), Brian (Wendy), Kristen and Sean, great-grandchildren Andrew, Daniel and Ella, and several nieces and nephews living in Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.
He and Philomena will be returning to their beloved Douglas Park in Largs.