Garfield Andrew Scott, age 79, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2019, in Viking, Alberta. Gar leaves behind his wife Gloria, his daughter Sherryl, son Shawn, grandchildren Britainy, Dylan, Maxwell, Jay, and great grandchildren Ethan and Kiera. Gar was born on November 5th, 1939 in Spirit River, Alberta, to parents Ted and Ruby. Gar was the eldest of six children: Beverley, Caroline, Bud, Royce and Van. He is preceded in death by his father Ted, son Sheldon, mother Ruby, and brother Royce. He attended high school in Spirit River, then received certification for B Pressure and Welding at NAIT in Edmonton, Alberta in the late 60s.
He married Gloria Kingston on December 22, 1961, together they raised 3 children. Gar and Gloria lived all but 3 of their years together in Spirit River, Alberta until the fall of 2018 at which time they relocated to Viking, Alberta.
Not known as a charmer to all but a few – Gar had the biggest bark but the kindest heart – he cared for his close friends and family. He was compassionate about animals, had a variety of family pets from German Shorthaired Pointers, to Labs, to Pugs – that travelled with him and his wife. Never one to sit around, Gar was an active guy always busy with tasks and projects.
An accomplished welder, he was passionate about his craft from his late teens to his early 70s. He started first with seismic rig work, then became a welding subcontractor. Known as ’Scotty’, he was always the first to arrive and last to leave on most jobs – demonstrating his incredibly high work ethic. He took pride in his work and was admired for his accomplishments. One of his most memorable projects was working in Peace River building the Shell plant in the early 1980’s, and at Sable Island with Peter Bawden installing rigs in the 70’s.
Over many summers he and his wife Gloria enjoyed traveling through northern B.C. to Kitimat to set out on ocean fishing adventures. They frequently fished in Two lakes, Sturgeon Lake, Charlie Lake and Hudson Hope and more recently took day trips out to Moonshine Lake just to get a chance to dip a hook in the water. To celebrate their 50th anniversary for the first time they went to Los Cabos Mexico where their fishing skills netted them more tuna and marlin than they could possibly take home.
A hunter and a trapper, Gar loved the outdoors and nature. With a keen eye for plants, he was able to identify the right mushrooms for dinner. He could identify a boiled egg by the way it floated in the water, and could fillet a fish with his eyes closed. Gar liked working in the greenhouse and gardening in general. Having spent 15 years farming, his love of starting small seeds and experimenting with different types of plants moved to the family yard where a garden and plenty of fruit trees flourished. He turned hills of potatoes into great potato salads, and frequently ended his day with a bowl of vanilla ice cream smothered in chocolate sauce.
His family and friends will always remember him as someone with an incredible work ethic who was modest and also humble with his possessions – he was a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. Gar’s strong will and his drive to continue living his life, regardless of any obstacles, helped him persevere a multi-year battle with cancer and long surpassed the life expectancy of his diagnosis.
Only weeks before his passing, Gar mustered enough energy to win pool games played with his son and grandson – decades since he last held a cue stick.
In his final days at the hospital listening to stories with family and friends gathered he enjoyed a final serving of vanilla ice cream – with a smile on his face.
A celebration of life is scheduled for: Saturday, May 25, at Spirit River, Alberta at the Legion Hall at 2:30 pm.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gar’s life. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
The family would like to thank the residents, homecare and staff at Vialta Lodge, Dr. Hallet, Dr. Neeman, and the nurses at the Viking Hospital and the Viking Clinic for all the care and compassion that they extended to Gar. They would also like to thank Dr. Spruyt at the Spirit River Hospital, and to the Doctors and staff at the Grande Prairie Cancer clinic for Gar’s care prior to moving to Viking, Alberta.
Donations can be made in memory of Garfield Scott to STARS Online at STARS: https://stars.ca or call 1-855-516-4848 Mail to STARS: 1441 Aviation Park, Northeast, Box 750, Calgary, Alta. T2E 8M7.