Grandson of man killed in Gates attempted carjacking remembers his Grandpa Rich

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: April 09, 2021 09:54 PM
Created: April 08, 2021 10:49 PM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC) — Hours after police released the name of the man who was shot in killed during a carjacking attempt in Gates Wednesday morning, News10NBC started to hear from those who knew 71-year-old Richard Sciascia.

Nicholas Scranton says his grandfather lived in the Rochester area all his life. Even at the age of 71, Scranton says his grandpa Rich was full of life. 

Photos and their memories are what's left for the family of Richard Sciascia as they continue to mourn their loss.

"My grandfather was loved by all that who knew him which was more than you could ever imagine. He thought everyone was a good person no matter how bad they might have been," Scranton said.

Sciascia was from Gates, according to Scranton, and attended Gates High School. Sciascia lived in Webster for a brief period before moving to Irondequoit just a few years ago. He worked and retired from the Hostess Company.

"One of the best memories I had of my grandfather was probably when I was real young," Scranton said. "He used to pull up in the hostess truck, and load up my lunch box with Twinkies, and Ho-Hos before I went to school. He had the whole truck full of the candy and snacks."

Scranton says his grandpa also loved to play Texas Hold 'em with family, and friends.

"Grandpa Rich was well known at the card table. He loved to play cards to forget his troubles," Scranton said.

Sciascia was shot and killed during a carjacking attempt on Buell Road in Gates.

"He was probably going to pick up my Uncle Sam," Scranton said. "That's what he did every day. He had a routine. He went to see my uncle every day at the same time." 

Scranton says his family is trying to hold up as best as they can.

"It's rough. My mother, my uncles, my grandmother, everybody is shaken up. He had a lot of friends. A lot of people stopped by the house, and just can't believe what happened, and it's crazy. It's crazy what's going on in Rochester right now," Scranton said.

Sciascia leaves behind three children: Sam, Richard and Sara as well as grandchildren and many friends.

Mike Scranton, another grandson of Sciascia, sent us the following statement:

“My grandfather had a great personality he was a great man very funny always energetic and caring he’d come over just about every morning around 11am when I would be sleeping and come up to my bedroom and start smacking me in the head to get me going and ask if I was asleep and I’d always be like well not anymore and then we’d go downstairs and have breakfast And it hurts to see something this horrific happen to my grandfather I wish I could of been there to have saved him I miss him more than anyone will ever know” 

Ridge Donut Cafe is honoring Sciascia with "The Richie Special:" a cup of soup, one donut and a coffee for $6.29.


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