Ber­wick, Wal­ter Mi­nor “Scott”

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November 10, 1940 – April 15, 2017

A Pa­triot’s Life — Scott was born on November 10, 1940, in Philadelphia, Penn­syl­va­nia, to Wal­ter Hamil­ton Ber­wick and Marie Mi­nor Ber­wick.

He grad­u­ated from Up­per Darby High School in Penn­syl­va­nia in 1957, and in 2013 he was in­ducted into the Up­per Darby High School “Wall of Fame” for his ser­vice to his coun­try.

Scott en­listed in the United States Navy in De­cem­ber 1957 and served as an Elec­tron­ics Tech­ni­cian in the Sub­ma­rine Ser­vice (Diesel), at­tain­ing the rank of Petty Of

cer 2nd Class. In 1961 Scott trans­ferred to the Naval Re­serve Sub­ma­rine Di­vi­sion while he at­tended Fair­leigh Dick­in­son Univer­sity in New Jer­sey where he re­ceived his Bach­e­lor of Arts in Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence in 1965. In 2009, Scott re­ceived an Honorary Doc­tor­ate for his distin­guished ca­reer from the Univer­sity. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, he was ap­pointed an En­sign in the Naval Re­serve and at­tached to the Sub­ma­rine Di­vi­sion in Washington, D.C. where he later at­tained the rank of Lieu­tenant JG.

In 1967, Scott was as­signed as a For­eign Ser­vice O cer for the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency. Scott be­came leg­endary in the an­nals of the CIA’s classi ed his­tory and was per­son­ally in­volved in chal­leng­ing and thwart­ing the spread of Soviet and Cuban in uence in the Caribbean, South and Cen­tral Amer­ica as well as the Far East dur­ing the Cold War. Scott at­tained

the rank of SIS-2 (the mil­i­tary equiv­a­lent of an Army Ma­jor Gen­eral O cer) be­fore he re­tired in 1990. He re­ceived the CIA Ca­reer In­tel­li­gence Medal among many other achieve­ment awards.

In 1990, Scott started his own busi­ness, BPA Ber­wick, and spe­cial­ized in hostage ne­go­ti­a­tions world­wide. One of Scott’s cases on which he worked later be­came the ba­sis for the movie “Proof of Life” with Meg Ryan and Rus­sell Crowe.

Af­ter 9/11, Scott was again sought for ser­vice by his coun­try, be­com­ing per­son­ally in­volved in track­ing and elim­i­nat­ing Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Africa, the UAE, Latin Amer­ica and the Philip­pine Is­lands. He also worked at Guan­tanamo Bay for sev­eral months fol­low­ing 9/11. He was then part of a group of ca­reer CIA pro­fes­sion­als train­ing young o cers in Washington, D.C./Vir­ginia.

Scott mar­ried his cur­rent wife, Christie Jean “C.J.” Ber­wick, co-owner of The Fish House and The Fish House En­core Restau­rants in Key Largo, FL, in 1994. They shared a love of trav­el­ing, read­ing, ten­nis, boat­ing, and en­joyed shar­ing time with fam­ily and friends. He was a mem­ber of CIRA (CIA Re­tirees As­so­ci­a­tion), MENSA, US Naval In­sti­tute, and was a for­mer Com­modore of the Up­per Keys Coast Guard Aux­il­iary. Scott is sur­vived by C.J., his beloved wife; four chil­dren, two stepchil­dren, and seven grand­chil­dren.

In lieu of ow­ers, dona­tions are re­quested to be sent in his mem­ory to St. James the Fish­er­man Epis­co­pal Church, P.O. Box 509, Is­lam­orada, FL, 33036, or Florida Sheri ’s Youth Ranch.

Re­spects may be paid at Allen-Beyer Fu­neral Home, 101640 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL, 4 pm to 6 pm, on Thurs­day, April 27, fol­lowed by a Me­mo­rial Ser­vice at 7:00 pm at St. James the Fish­er­man Church, MM 87.5 Bay­side, in Is­lam­orada, which will be fol­lowed by a brief re­cep­tion in the Parish Hall.

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