Scott “Scotty” Twerdok, age 34 of Kennett Square, PA died Saturday, December 29th, 2018 quietly in his home with his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Nicole Flamisch and stepfather to their 14-year-old daughter, Alexandra. Although they were only married for 5 years, Nicole was the love of his life and the center of his universe. There was no mistaking how much he valued them – Scott was always referring to Nicole and Alex as “his girls”, wanting to make sure they were always cared for, especially when he was away.
Scott was born in State College, PA to his loving parents Cathy and Gregory Twerdok and thrown into the middle of a big, fun, full-of-life-and-love kind of family. With so many immediate playmates around growing up, Scott developed one hell of an arm and a sharp aim – which helped him in both play and survival.
Most of the world knew Scott as the inventor of “pillow spinning”. Like the globetrotters before him, he could spin not a basketball, but a pillow – on one finger for extended amounts of time while looking you dead in the eyes without blinking. It was a masterful technique that none could approach and all were in awe of. It wasn’t just one type of pillow (though older throw pillows were certainly the foundation), the skill also advanced quickly through all pillow types and even into text books.
He was always the undisputed funniest man in the room and the life of every party. This helped him build a large, loyal group of friends that he loved and was loved by. He danced like nobody was watching when literally every single person was. He liberated big men from the feeling that they needed to play it small. The way he and his friends owned the dance floor at his wedding could be a study in bromance for decades to come. He was also able to make the most typical times into memorable ones – in the opening of a phone call with family members, he was usually Jarod. You know, Jarod! He didn’t want to create ordinary moments, if he could help it.
Though he was good at everything he did, including construction, baking, and anything artistic – it was the fantastic calf muscles he built that really caught people’s eyes. Though these may have been more of a genetic gift, it didn’t hurt that he loved to golf and be in the outdoors.
He was a huge personality and a teddy bear of a man. His sweetness and humor literally lit up a room when he walked in – people who knew him would be laughing before he said anything, would smile for hours after, and would leave having felt seen by Scott. He made people feel valued. He showed a desire to serve others by his schooling, gaining an associates degree in counseling. Even as he wrestled with the idea of being a son of God and what that meant for him, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he found comfort, hope, and strength in that community as well as opportunities to serve others. When he and his joy would show up at gatherings, he left everyone with a good memory to draw on. With both his family and his friends, he was easy and free with his expressions of love and desire to help. Scott always loved being right in the mix with the people to whom he was close.
Scott is survived by his wife Nicole, his step daughter Alexandra, his parents Greg and Cathy, siblings Abby, Angie (Joe), Seth, Ernie (Jennifer), and Aaron, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces – all of whom he leaves behind with holes in their hearts as big as his love.