Heart­bro­ken

For­mer ra­dio per­son­al­ity and Stephenvil­le town coun­cil­lor Scott Hur­ley has died

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STEPHENVIL­LE, N.L. — Peo­ple in Stephenvil­le won’t soon for­get Larry (Scott) Hur­ley, a man whose per­son­al­ity was as big as some of the pranks he pulled through the years.

Hur­ley, who worked with Humber Val­ley Broad­cast­ing and Steele Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for 31 years and served on Stephenvil­le town coun­cil, died at the Health Sciences Cen­tre in St. John’s Oct. 23.

He was 65. Stephanie Hur­ley said her fa­ther was a most fun per­son who was full of vi­tal­ity.

“He loved his com­mu­nity, con­nect­ing with peo­ple and taught us (chil­dren and grand­chil­dren) how to treat peo­ple well,” she said on be­half of the fam­ily. “He loved peo­ple and mak­ing them laugh.”

Hur­ley’s fam­ily in­cludes wife Dot­tie Hur­ley, son Matthew, daugh­ters Stephanie Hur­ley and Beth Mur­ray, and grand­chil­dren Ben Mur­ray, Sam Mur­ray, Onora Hur­ley and Or­lin Hur­ley.

The fam­ily said they’re ob­vi­ously heart­bro­ken, but grate­ful for the time they had with him.

Hur­ley loved sports, es­pe­cially the Den­ver Bron­cos NFL team and the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens NHL team. He loved music, es­pe­cially his time with the Seville Singers, a lo­cal choir group un­der Jean Cormier-House.

In re­cent years, he spent lots of time at the baseball fields with his grand­chil­dren, who were very spe­cial to him.

Grand­son Ben said his poppy was a joy­ful per­son who al­ways wanted to put a smile on peo­ple’s faces.

While Hur­ley started as a news re­porter in 1973 and be­came news di­rec­tor with CFSX Ra­dio back in 1987, he was prob­a­bly best known for his colour commentary role along­side broad­caster Don Gib­bon, air­ing se­nior and high school hockey games.

Many peo­ple will re­mem­ber Scott when he took on an­other per­sona as “Ned the Newf,” where he would do dif­fer­ent types of skits that some­times in­cluded “Screech­ing-in” cer­e­monies.

Gib­bon was al­most al­ways his side­kick at those events, and he said many Amer­i­cans who came to Stephenvil­le to par­tic­i­pate in Har­mon Field Day got to be­come hon­orary New­found­lan­ders through a cer­e­mony con­ducted by Ned the Newf.

CFSX held an an­nual New­found­land Day and Ned the Newf would show up.

Gib­bon re­calls be­ing in St. John’s with Hur­ley in the early 1980s af­ter a Herder win by the Stephenvil­le Jets. Af­ter some cel­e­brat­ing, he was left at the Trav­ellers Inn while his coun­ter­part made his way home to Stephenvil­le.

“I woke up at 9 a.m. and there was no­body in the hotel. Scott left me there and I had to find my own way home,” he said. “Scott was quite the char­ac­ter and you didn’t know what to ex­pect from him next.”

Gib­bon said he was al­ways a prac­ti­cal joker and kept peo­ple laugh­ing right up to the last.

“Be­sides call­ing him a great co-worker, I can call him a fan­tas­tic friend,” he said.

Hur­ley was in­volved in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics, serv­ing on Stephenvil­le town coun­cil for a to­tal of 16 years, from 1993 up to his res­ig­na­tion in May 2009. For many of those years he was deputy mayor and for about six months was act­ing mayor.

CON­TRIB­UTED

For­mer ra­dio per­son­al­ity and Stephenvil­le town coun­cil­lor Scott Hur­ley died Oct. 23 at the age of 65.

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