For Richard “Scotty” Scott, a much-loved Maxville “institution,” making people smile was the highlight of his day.
Mr. Scott passed away February 17 at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.
After being diagnosed with the disease in December, 2014, he wanted to keep going to work at the MacEwen’s service station and convenience store.
“What he enjoyed the most about working there was the people. He enjoyed all the customers, seeing the people and playing jokes on them,” said his daughter, Cindy Scott. “He had a very good sense of humour and really enjoyed his work.”
Mr. Scott had been operating the business since September 1, 1988. “He really enjoyed the MacEwens too and working for Allan MacEwen. He was really fond of Allan,” added Cindy, referring to the president of MacEwen Petroleum.
“In Maxville he became an institution,” said Mr. MacEwen. “People would stop in the store just to hear what he was going to say or do. If there wasn’t something going on, he would make something go on.”
Mr. Scott and his wife, Angèle, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last year, enjoyed travelling and spending time with their family -- daughters Nancy and Cindy, and four grandchildren.
He liked to admire and feed birds and fish at their home, and sit and read by the pond with his grandchildren, who “were his life,” recalled Cindy.
Long-time friend Bill Metcalfe, who dropped by the store every day for the past 25 years said Mr. Scott was “a great person.”
“You couldn’t get ahead of him,” he said with a chuckle. “You would rather not have known him on April Fool’s Day because he would always get you. He was always comical and he played lots of good tricks on people. He was a good guy.”
One day Mr. Scott played a joke on a priest, claiming that Mr. Scott’s wife was going to leave him. “He sent him up to see his wife to talk her out of leaving him. Oh, it was good,” said Mr. Metcalfe.
A one-time referee and hockey coach, he was known in Maxville as a dedicated Toronto Maple Leafs fan who enjoyed stirring up Montréal Canadiens supporters.
Glengarry Highland Games president Gordon White noted, “He was an excellent guy. He was always ready to lend a hand whenever we needed it. If we needed something in a hurry or something special, Richard was always there to help us out.”
Allan MacEwen, who knew Mr. Scott since they were in Grade 1 at Maxville Public School, remembered, “He always liked to get a laugh out of people starting when he was a kid.”
Mr. MacEwen added, “He was a natural” for playing Santa Claus in parades.
Among the 130 messages of condolences on the Glengarry Highland Games Facebook page, were expressions of gratitude for meeting Mr. Scott at the store each day for the early morning “Coffee Club.”
Jeannie Armstrong-Shaw thanked Mr. Scott for giving her two Dobermans free icecream cone treats in the Summer when she lived in Dunvegan.
Mr. Scott treated his customers more like long-time friends and respected their loyalty. Cindy Scott said her father wanted to take time to personally tell everyone how much he appreciated their support over the years as he was preparing to leave the business, about a month ago when his cancer was at its worst.
“He said it was his fight, that he would fight it to the end and that his fight wasn’t over,” said Ms. Scott. “He often said he wanted to go and thank people for the continued
“People would stop in the store just to hear what he was going to say or do.”
support over the last 30 years he has been at the store. He wanted to set up a chair and shake people’s hands. He really wanted to thank all his customers for the support they have given him,” she added. “But he got too sick to be able to do that. Even in his last couple of days he said he still has fight left in him and that he would fight it to the end, but he didn’t make it there.”
MAXVILLE’S LOSS: Richard “Scotty” Scott passed away February 17 after battling cancer.