SCOTT ERRITT SHY
October 1, 1990 to June 21, 2019
Dedicated to the U.S. Navy
Scott Erritt Shy—a highly decorated petty officer in the U.S. Navy whose happy-go-lucky nature and dedication to service inspired everyone he knew—died suddenly while based at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, CA.
He was just twenty-eight.
His future limitless, Scott was still a young man who loved Marvel movies, Harry Potter books, and his Batman watch. Perhaps due his fondness of military planes, he wanted to join the Navy and did so on April 27, 2010.
Attached to Striker Fighter Squadron TWO (VFA-2), also known as the “Bounty Hunters”, Scott found it amusing that the squadron’s call sign was “Bullet”, a unit made up of a wide array of aircraft performing a variety of combat and support missions that deploy aboard the USS Carl Vinson. He was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class (AW), one who amassed accommodations in his short career and was quickly promoted.
Scott, the first of two sons, was born to Lisa (Bauer) and Raymond Shy, on Oct. 1, 1990, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. But it was Lisa’s second marriage to Yama Osmanzai that brought a real father into both Scott and younger brother Michael’s lives. Another brother, David Osmanzai, and two sisters, Tahmina and Ariana Osmanzai, came along, completing the loving, rambunctious family.
Scott was nicknamed “Scooter” by his maternal grandfather because—before the boy learned to walk—he used a baby walker to whiz all over the house.
The children grew up in Castleton-On Hudson, NY, where Scott attended Maple Hill High School and proved his worth on the wrestling team. Artistic and creative, he loved to draw anime characters, those taken from Japanese animation and characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters, and fantastical themes.
He also relished fishing, hiking, rock climbing, video games, Batman and John Wick films. Fried chicken was his favorite food, and he liked to snack on Candy Corn.
At 5-foot-11, Scott was an extremely fit 165 pounds, the result of going to the gym daily. With dark hair, blue, smiling eyes, and a carefully maintained beard, he had a deep, resounding voice, and when it dropped a few octaves, his siblings knew to run for their lives. Scrupulous about his body, his room was a mess growing up, Pokémon cards strewn all over the place.
Aside from his family, Scott was proudest of the numerous awards and accommodations bestowed on him by his beloved Navy—some twenty in all.
Most recently, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Navy, who named Scott the “2017 Troubleshooter of the Year” for his “exceptional technical skill and leadership” in correcting maintenance discrepancies on the F/A-18 Super Hornet, ensuring the successful execution of 16,896 mishap-free flight hours.
“His managerial ability, personal initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service,” the honor reads. Leading and training men of a higher rank, Scott increased program qualifications by 40 percent.
Still grief-stricken and in shock, his mom Lisa remembers her first born as “always smiling.” He never got into trouble, she said, was utterly trustworthy, and monetary things never mattered to him.
Scott’s sense of humor bubbled up with his siblings. An animal lover, he shared a cat, Munchie, with his sister, Tahmina, and they would playfully argue who owned what end of the cat (front vs back). The back end had to do with the litter box. Scott also cherished his dog, Lassie, a Collie, natch.
One thing he always wanted to do was go to Japan. He never made it. He passed up one opportunity to stay close to loved ones.
Scott is survived by his mother, Lisa Osmanzai, and the man he called “Dad”, Yama Osmanzai; brothers Michael Shy and David Osmanzai; two sisters, Tahmina and Ariana Osmanzai; maternal grandparents: Dawn and Richard Bauer, Sr.; maternal great grandmother, Bertha Bauer; paternal grandmother: Qaria Osmanzai, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Scott’s service will take place, at 12 noon, on Saturday, July 6, at Ray’s Funeral Home, 59 Seaman Ave. Castleton, NY 12033. A viewing / wake is scheduled for Friday, July 5, calling hours are between 4-8pm. He will be buried with military honors.
Ray Funeral Service, Inc.
59 Seaman Ave.
Castleton, NY 12033