William Michael “Chant” Scibelli, 81, of Springfield, died early Tuesday morning, January 19, 2021 in the comfort of his home with his loving wife by his side. He was born and educated in Springfield, a son of the late William M. and Nancy (Liquori) Scibelli. Chant was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the United States Army. After his honorable discharge from active duty he returned home to civilian life and began a 32-year career as a cutter with the Milton Bradley Company (Cartamundi) from which he retired in 2003. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending hours tending to his garden and cooking. Chant thoroughly enjoyed harvesting his yearly garden, the likes of which he used in creating signature dinners for his family and friends. He also enjoyed following the local sports teams like the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, he was a member of the Dan Kane Singers, the Young at Heart Chorus in Northampton, and a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church of Springfield. Chant was also an avid fisherman and hunter having fished Lake Ontario for many years. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Jocelyne E. (LeClerc) Landry Scibelli of Springfield, and leaves two loving daughters, Pamela J. Sleeper and her husband Lonny of NC, and Laurie A. Russell and her husband Michael of Springfield; his brother, Salvatore Scibelli and his wife Dolores of East Longmeadow; his sister, Nancy Carrie and her husband Robert of Feeding Hills; three granddaughters, Brittany, Caitlin and Alexandra Sleeper; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and his favorite four legged friend and companion Teddi. Along with his parents, Chant was predeceased by his brothers, John and Anthony Scibelli. His funeral will be held on Monday, January 25th beginning at 10:00 AM at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen St., followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:15 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 1900 Allen St., both in Springfield. Burial and Military Honors will conclude at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., in Agawam. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Sunday afternoon from 1-3 pm. Contributions in Chant’s name may be directed to Baystate Hospice, 30 Capitol Drive, West Springfield, MA 01089 or the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 264 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA 01104.
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