November 18, 1934 – November 18, 2016
Jim Scott was a man of great strength and character. He was strong-willed and could be hard-headed, but we all knew that under the bluster he was extremely soft-hearted and kind. If he decided he was going to do something, we all knew it would get done. He loved life, the people in it and he would have stayed forever if his health had cooperated.
Jim is survived by his wife Phyllis, his daughter Julie, sons Jay and Mike and grandchildren Clio, Feile, Ashley and Connor.
Jim was born in Ocean Falls, the second son of George and Dorothy Scott. He and his siblings Bert (deceased), Betty (Merritt), Ellen (Sooke), Ron (Vancouver) and Peggy (Langley) were raised at the family farm at the bottom of ‘Scott Hill’ on Otter Lake Road. Family was extremely important to Jim and he hosted many family gatherings with the Scott clan and friends.
Jim loved this area and eventually bought the property next to his parents. He built his own home and farm, raising his family here in Armstrong. This is where he chose to be and where he settled into his long teaching career, first at the Brick School and then at Len W. Wood, where he taught generations of grade 5/6 students. He loved teaching both inside and out of the classroom, dedicating much time to coaching teams, developing sports fields and flooding skating rinks. He co-built and operated the Overlander Ski Hill so that the community could share his passion for sports and the outdoors.
Jim’s proudest gift to the community was the development and donation of Otter Lake Park, a beautiful site that sees many visitors each day. Jim loved to visit with everyone while he worked there and it always made him smile.
Jim was an incredibly strong man with a huge heart and work ethic to match. He always pushed himself to his limits and eventually his body just wore out. He hung on for as long as he could, eventually passing on in the early hours of his 82nd birthday.
The Scott family would like to thank the staff at Parkview Place in Enderby for the excellent care and kindness provided to Jim in his final years.
A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at the Armstrong Zion United Church Hall on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 pm. Please come and share your stories with friends and family.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.myalternatives.ca Arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES®
Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237