Scott E. Novak

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Founder of The Lion House


Scott E. “Novie” Novak, 49, of Washington, died unexpectedly Monday, June 17, 2013, in his home, of an apparent heart attack.


He was born August 19, 1963, in Washington, a son of Carole Yeager Novak Beck and the late Carl Novak.


Surviving, in addition to his loving mother and best friend, are a sister, Cassie (Kevin) McIlwain; a special niece and goddaughter, whom he adored, Rahne McIlwain of Whitaker; and godmother Sally O’Leary Wooldridge.


Mr. Novak leaves behind his beloved companion, Berkeley, his yellow Labrador Retriever, who will miss him terribly.


Deceased are grandparents Albert and Jackie Yeager “Pap and Mimi;” uncle Jack Yeager; cousin Billy Yeager; and godfather Danny O’Leary.


He will be sadly missed by his lifelong friends, “The Gabby Gang,” John, Rod “T.T.,” Chris, Rich and Dan. They remained his friends to the end.


Mr. Novak loved sports, good music, photography and old horror movies. He had a quick wit and a great sense of humor.


He was a 1981 graduate of Trinity High School and earned his degrees in business and marketing at West Liberty University.


After college, he pursued a position in consulting and traveled throughout the country visiting many beautiful places, especially his two favorites, Sedona, Ariz., and San Diego, Calif. After that, he took a position with Chrysler as their marketing manager, which he loved because he was able to have personal contact with so many people. He then served in the position of North Franklin Township administrator for two to three years. God then led him on the path to what became his life’s work, helping others.


Among his several philanthropic endeavors, he was the founder and proprietor of The Lion House. The Lion House is a sober living house for men in recovery. His dedication to The Lion House and passion for this type of work was evident to all who knew him. He leaves a proud and important legacy to the community. He will be missed by all who loved him and whose lives he touched.


Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m., the time of service, Friday, June 21, in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington. S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director, with the Rev. Bob Hedges officiating.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to “The Lion House,” in care of Carole Beck, 1696 Ridgewood Drive, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


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