John T. Scalish

Birth Name:
John T. Scalish
Birth Date:
September 18, 1912
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio
Death Date:
May 26, 1976
Place of Death:
Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio
Cause of Death:
Died shortly after heart bypass surgery
Cemetery Name:
Calvary Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
Related to the Lonardo crime family through marriage, Scalish was the head of the Cleveland crime family for over 32 years. His reign were considered the "golden years" for the Cleveland mob, which built an empire of casinos, pinball machines, and loan sharking. The Cleveland mob was so wealthy, it co-funded the construction of Las Vegas casinos, which provided a steady stream of income. His death was followed by a full-scale gang war for control of the Cleveland rackets by James T. Licavoli (Scalish's successor) and Irish mob boss Danny Greene which all but destroyed the Cleveland mob.

Fun Fact

Scalish was close friends with Maishe (Milton) Rockman, a local Jewish mobster. Rockman married Scalish’s sister, and Scalish married Rockman’s sister. Angelo Lonardo, whose father Joseph “Big Joe” Lonardo was made mob boss in 1920 and was murdered in 1927, married Scalish’s other sister.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Calvary Cemetery

10000 Miles Road

Cleveland, Ohio, 44105


North America


Grave Location:

Section 35, Lot 716, Grave 3

Grave Location Description

Section 35 is located near the back residential entrance to the cemetery and his monument can be found in the center of the section.

Interestingly enough he shares this cemetery with Danny Greene, the Lonardo crime family, the Porrello crime family and several other Cleveland mobsters – friends and foe alike.

Grave Location GPS

41.4405144776, -81.60371213



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