On April 20, 2016 our 20 year old son, Emmett J. Scannell lost his battle to Substance Use Disorder and died due to a heroin overdose. Emmett had been in recovery and sober in Alcoholics Anonymous for 2 years when he went off to college in late August 2014. Within 6 weeks, heroin came into his and our lives, stole him from us and Substance Use Disorder killed him in only 18 months.
Adored brother of Zachary Scannell and Alice D'Arpino of Mansfield. Beloved son of Aimee Manzoni-D'Arpino (and her husband John A. Manzoni-D'Arpino) of Mansfield and William E. Scannell (and his life partner, Brenda Rose) of Bridgewater; Nephew of Paula Mountain and Brian Mountain of Raynham and Brian Scannell of Raynham; grandson of Peter and Patricia Campos Manzoni of Easton and Paul Scannell and Nora Scannell both of Raynham; loving cousin of Josie Mountain, Scott Mountain, and Carley Scannell all of Raynham.
Emmett was a National Honor Society student who graduated from Bridgewater Raynham Regional High School in May 2014. Unfortunately he is not the first member of his class to die from Substance Use Disorder. Emmett was a sophomore at Worcester State University where he was studying computer science on a full academic scholarship. But most recently he had, and died from, Substance Use Disorder.
Emmett was a caring, funny, smart, young man with the potential for greatness. He loved his brother and sister, biking and snowmobiling and had a smile and charm that could light up a room, but it won't ever again because he had and died from Substance Use Disorder.
You see Substance Use Disorder is not something to be ashamed of or hidden. It is a DISEASE that has to be brought out into the light and fought by everyone. It continues to cut down our loved ones everyday. Please do whatever you can to fight it so that you never have to feel what everyone one of us who has lost a loved one is feeling right now. We all thank you for your condolences and prayers and ask that you continue to pray for Emmett's soul and our family.
Calling hours for the wake will be held on Tuesday, April 26th from 4-8pm at Prophett Chapman Funeral Home in Bridgewater (98 Bedford St).
Emmett's Funeral will be Wednesday 10am at Central Square Congregational Church in Bridgewater (71 Central Square) with a celebration of life reception to follow in the church hall. Please come to the church where he and his Dad attended their 12 Step Recovery Program together and enjoyed the best years of their lives together.
In lieu of flowers we request all donations be made to the Emmett J. Scannell Benefit Account which has been established at Rockland Trust Co. You may hand deliver or mail contributions to any Rockland Trust bank location. Our family will use all these funds to help raise awareness, change the laws and to combat Substance Use Disorder.
Our family can not begin to express how much the outpouring of love and support we have received means to us ❤️. Knowing our son was loved by so many simply means the world to us!
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