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Fallen TACAMO Veteran - Scott Ely of VQ-4

October 5, 1953 – June 5, 2019

Scott Ely


Viewing: Thursday June 13, 2019 from 4pm - 5pm for family/5pm to 8pm for all and will be held at Brinsfield Funeral Home located at: 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall Maryland 20622. Services will be held on June 14, 2019 starting at 12pm also at Brinsfield Funeral Home. Service with burial will be held June, 14, 2019 at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery at 145pm.

Scott David Ely 65, of Mechanicsville MD departed this life on June 5th, 2019 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD with his family by his side. Scott was born on October 5, 1953 in Norwalk, CT to the late Leonard Ely and Shirley Parker Ely.

He graduated from Norwalk High School in Norwalk, CT in 1971. On May 15, 1976 he married his beloved wife Sally in the Philippines. Together they celebrated 44 wonderful years of marriage. He worked as a Senior Logistician for MIL Corp for almost 10 years. He served a total of 40 years supporting the Military and the US Government (NAWCAD). He proudly served 24 years active duty in Naval Aviation with 18 years flight experience, which encompasses 11 years as a C-130 Flight Engineer Instructor - Evaluator and 7 years as a Utility Air Crewman on the C1-A and US-2C Aircraft. His leadership abilities were exhibited in the following roles as: Assistant Officer in Charge, Command Senior Chief, Maintenance/Production Control Supervisor, Aircraft Division Officer, Training Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, and Safety Department Leading Chief.

During his military service he earned the Meritorious Service Medal in addition to numerous Commendation, Achievement, and The National Defense Medals for his dedication to his country.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was a good friend to many. He was the anchor that held his family in place and the sails that took them on a beautiful journey. He had an incredible personality and sense of humor. He never met a stranger he didn’t like and was always the life of the party. Scott was known both in his professional and personal life as a great mentor to his children, grandchildren, friends, family, sailors, and colleagues alike. His favorite times were spent not only at home, but on vacations with his family and friends as well. Some of his hobbies included golfing with his children and friends. He loved taking his children and grandchildren fishing. When the family all gathered you could always be sure that there would by a friendly game of poker which he truly enjoyed…”And a quarter!”

He is survived by his wife Salome P. Ely (Sally), daughter Nancy A. Martinez (Raz), son Todd R. Ely (Tanya), brother James C. Ely (Diane), brother Thomas C. Ely (Ann), sister Nancy A. Cohen (Garret) and Grandchildren Gabriel O. Martinez (21) (Maureen), Shayelyn M. Ely (17), Tre A. Ely (14) and Michael T. Martinez (5); and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Todd Ely, Tre Ely, Shayelyn Ely, Raz Martinez, James Ely Jr, Paul Munch, Jerry Norvell and Claude Showalter Jr.

Family will receive friends for Scotts Life Celebration on Thursday June 13, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm and will be held at Brinsfield Funeral Home located at: 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall Maryland 20622. A funeral service will be held on June 14, 2019 at 12 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, Charlotte Hall, with interment immediately following at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery at 1:45 p.m.

Condolences to the family may be made at

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A., Charlotte Hall, MD.


Nancy Ely Martinez, daughter of Scott Ely submitted the following about her dad.

Still hasnt set in for me that you arent here with us anymore, but i know you are in sprit. We miss you so much already Dad, but we know you arent suffering anymore. I know you want us to be strong and we will because we get that from you. You will always be our hero. Rest Easy Dad. We love you, always. God gained one amazing angel today. 😭❤ #CANCERSUCKS

Jamie L Pritchard submitted the following as a tribute

On this D-Day anniversary I am thinking of the greatest Veteran, Sea-Daddy, father, husband and man I have ever met.

A true friend to all.

His passing overnight has left a sorrow in many hearts especially that of his family that he adored above all.

He set the bar for what a Chief should be. The first year VQ-4 became a Det in Pax River we were a ragtag group of boots that he pulled together into a fine tuned machine.

Getting called into his office didn't mean we had screwed up badly, it meant he was going to sit us down and use it as a learning tool. He was a true leader that thrived seeing our careers grow beyond who we were when we landed on his deck. He remained in our lives after we moved on and continued to offer guidance to anyone who sought it out. To many of us he became the loving supportive father we never had.

To sum Sr Chief Scott Ely up in words is impossible. Here are a few pictures of this great man, our Sea-Daddy for life.The family pictures were made by his beautiful daughter. It is easy to see the love for his family is great. I only have one photo of us together and I look mighty unhappy but I was having a few contractions and trying to ignore them untill after the ceremony. Wasn't long till Sr figured out my problem and took me to the hospital the whole ride lecturing me that I should have spoke up sooner, truly the only time I saw him upset with me. I sat here yesterday drawing a blank. Did he know how loved he was? Did he know he changed my life, changed me? A quick look through fb and yes he knew. And even though I washed his favorite coffee mug he forgave me ( he never forgot though and reminded me often) and he loved me back.

My story is but one out of 100s that could say the exact same thing about him in their lives.

Thank you Sally and your family for sharing this great man with us. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

PS... thanks Sr for showing me how to not only buff floors but how to ride on one and not bust my ass.

The Obituary will be posted when available

TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to Scott Ely family and friends during this time of the passing.

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