R.I.P., Scotty

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY AN­GELA BROWN

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.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

MAXVILLE’S LOSS: Richard “Scotty” Scott passed away Fe­bru­ary 17 af­ter bat­tling can­cer.

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