Update: Beloved actor, animal advocate & friend has passed away.

UPDATE:  Scot Kaitanowski has passed away. He made us laugh. And cry and think. He took us away from reality as we watched him perform. Scot Kaitanoswki was a talented and beloved actor. But, he was so much more. He was an animal advocate, a talented graphic designer and a true friend to those who loved him.

If you have seen Tony n Tina’s Wedding over the years, you likely know how talented, funny and engaging Scot Kaitanowski was.

He played Father Mark in the show and brought countless laughs and joy to the community. He was brilliant in the role. Just brilliant. My husband and I really enjoyed his performance – he hit it out of the park!

We are saddened to report that Scot has passed away. His friends at Actors Anonymous Theatre Company made the announcement on their Facebook page today saying,

“It is with broken hearts that we share the passing of our amazing, “Father”, brother and friend Scot A. Kaitanowski. Scot was a one of a kind. His talent, laughter and wit will be greatly missed by all that knew him and had the joy of seeing him on stage. We love you Scot. Fly high. You are the church!”

We are sending thoughts and prayers to Scot’s family, friends and fellow actors during this difficult time.

Scot became sick a little over a month ago and is hospitalized in Roswell.

Here’s the posting from the GoFundMe page:

“Many of you know that our dear friend Scot A. Kaitanowski is ill, but the cause and extent of his illness has been a bit of a mystery until now.

Scot developed digestive discomfort about six weeks ago. While medical professionals were investigating the cause of Scot’s issues, he unfortunately aspirated his stomach contents and severely damaged his lungs. Scot was at Mercy Hospital, on a breathing machine (ventilator), but awake and able to communicate by writing. After a couple weeks and a couple tries, they were able to stabilize Scot’s breathing to remove the machine.

In the process, it was discovered that the discomfort was most likely related to cancer, specifically of the pancreas. Scot was transferred to Roswell Park, which confirmed the diagnosis. Unfortunately his condition deteriorated, and Roswell has been unable to treat the cancer due to his weakened state.

Scot’s respiratory system has failed and he’s back on a ventilator. His kidneys are also failing and he is receiving dialysis. Scot has an antibiotic-resistant infection in his lungs (requiring a kind of isolation) which complicates recovery. He is heavily sedated to keep him comfortable and to allow his body time to work on healing. Scot is largely unable to communicate at all.

At moments like this, thoughts, prayers and positive energy are invaluable and appreciated beyond measure. But the urge to help and reach out in some way is often even stronger. While visiting just isn’t possible because of Scot’s condition, there is a way to make a difference by making a contribution toward his mounting expenses.

Scot is a talented graphic designer, accomplished actor, passionate animal advocate, and most importantly a loving friend who has literally and figuratively animated our lives. Now is the time for us to reciprocate the laughter, joy and creative approach to life that Scot has shared with us for so many years.”‘

If you can help, please do.

Here is the link to the GoFundMe – https://www.gofundme.com/scot-kaitanowski-fund

Mary Friona

Mary Friona

Editor-In-Chief at Totally Buffalo
Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years -seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.
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Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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