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Scott – Wayne

October 19, 1933 – January 25, 2010

Wayne Scott was born in Sarnia, Ontario, the first son of Gideon and Stella (Toner) Scott. He grew up and was educated in Windsor, where he began work on the Ontario Hydro frequency conversion project in 1953. He and Sylvia (Robertson) married in 1955 and began to raise their family in the Hamilton area. In 1958, Wayne joined the Co-operators Group working in Hamilton, Toronto and Guelph. In 1977, he moved to Calgary as division vice-president for Western Canada. He returned to Guelph in 1983 to manage Co-operators General Insurance Company at that time Canada’s largest fire and casualty insurer. Following Wayne’s retirement from the Co-operators, he returned to Calgary in 1995.Wayne served on boards of several national insurance associations, various educational, health and charitable organizations as well as a number of companies. He is survived by his brother, Dale (Edwina), of Burlington, Ontario, by his wife, Sylvia and their children: Shane (Kim), Darcy, Kelley (Ian) and Erin (Neil); and grandchildren: Mitchell, Connor, Sarah, Keirstyn, Scott, Cameron and Madison, all of Calgary. A memorial service and reception will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 2:00pm at McInnis and Holloway’s Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary AB. You may forward condolences through

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. or to the the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319,

In living memory of Wayne Scott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Dear Shane, Kim and Family,

    I was sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May you find solace in the fact that you were able to spend the last year of his life surounding him with love.

    With love and sympathy,

    David and Catherine van der Poel – Wilson.

  2. Kathy Bardswick :

    My very deepest condolences to Wayne’s family. I am deeply saddened at the news that I have lost one of the most influential human beings I have had the privilege to know. I reported to Wayne at The Co-operators for a number of years which on reflection were perhaps some of the most important years of my career due to the positive influence Wayne had on my development. When he left The Co-operators, his impact continued as I came to look forward to receiving his regular emails with words of wisdom, support and challenge…yes, even challenge these many years later. What has now become the last email I received from Wayne before Xmas challenged me to think more creatively and, as usual, he was right. He was without hesitation the most intelligent, strategic and impactful superior I have had the honour to know. I will truly miss this very special and wonderful man. Thank you Wayne.

  3. Marnie Armstrong, GUELPH ON :

    Dear Scott Family,
    I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. Perhaps it will serve as some comfort to know that Wayne will be missed by many. He was integral in the development of business and of individuals who he believed could join him in ‘making a positive difference’. Not only did he lead insurance history, his strong devotion to those whose lives and careers he shaped will never forget this amazing mentor and friend. I am grateful to have been under his wing and plan to stay there. Wayne was one of the most special people who have touched my life and my childrens. He was a cherished friend and colleague for many years, even through distance. Fortunately, he inspired courage and integrity – such wonderful gifts of challenge and inspiration he readily gave to those who could rise to it:). He was so proud of his family – each and every one of you. He wrote regularly in detail, along with photos about his adoration and love. With sincerest sympathy & care.

  4. Shelley and Kelly Ryan :

    To the Scott Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  5. Richard & Frances Marciniak :

    Dear Erin, Kelley, Darcy, Shane and Sylvia, our dearest condolences. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Love Frances, Richard, Jessica, Dana, Melissa Marciniak

  6. Richard & Frances Marciniak :

    Dear Erin, Kelley, Darcy, Shane and Sylvia, our deepest condolences on the loss of your father and friend. Our prayers are with all of you at this time. Wishing you peace and tranquility in your time of sorrow.

    Love Richard, Frances, Jessica, Dana and Melissa Marciniak

  7. Barb and Dave Horwood :

    We have enjoyed many years of friendship and hope to have many more. At this difficult time, we continue to pray for you.

    All our love,

    Dave and Barb

  8. Kelly, Erin, Shane, Darcy and Mrs. Scott, I just found out from Frances of the loss of your father. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to each of you. My prayers are with you all especially on January 31.

    Nadia Toscan and family

  9. Robin and Maureen Ollerhead, Guelph, ON :

    Dear Sylvia, Shane, Darcy, Kelley, and Erin –

    We were sorry to read in the Globe & Mail of Wayne’s passing. We have fond memories of the Scott family on Lyon Ave, and extend our sincere sympathy at this difficult time. We send our best wishes to all your family.

    Maureen and Robin

  10. Betty Marie Cassin :

    Sylvia and Family,
    I was truly sorry to learn of Wayne’s passing.
    I am genuinely grateful that our lives touched and am grateful for having experienced his loving concern and support. I feel your loss.
    You will be in my prayerful thoughts in the days ahead.
    Betty Marie Cassin

  11. We were so sorry to hear of Wayne’s death. We have many happy memories of times our families spent together so many years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Ed Shea and Family
    Hamilton, Ontario

  12. margaret chambers :

    A lovely written message.
    So pleased you used the G&M to let your Guelph and Toronto friends know

    You will hear from me after all these years. Fond Memories

    Thinking of you. Sincerest sympathy


  13. Colleen Gemin (Madigan) :

    Dear Shane, I was saddened to read in the Guelph paper about the death of your Dad. Please accept my sincere sympathy to you and your family. The article was a wonderful tribute to your father. I keep your family in my thoughts and prayers over these difficult days. He has left you all with many cherished memories to comfort you in the future. Take care, my friend.
    Colleen Gemin (Madigan)

  14. Jim and Margie Cassidy :

    Dear Sylvia,

    We were sorry to read of Wayne’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.

    With sympathy,
    Jim & Margie Cassidy

  15. Brendan & Judy O'Reilly :

    Sylvia and family,
    Although you have lost a husband, friend, father and mentor he will always be with you. When you least expect it a thought or saying of his will come to mind and bring a chuckle or smile to your face. In this time of sorry please accept our sincere condolenses. You are in our prayers during this time of sorry. We will be toasting him on his way on Sunday. Here in Florida we will need ice in our glass.

  16. Tom and Joan Doyle :

    Dear Sylvia, Kelley, Erin, Shane and Darcy:

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Wayne’s passing, and want to extend our most sincere condolences to all of you. We may not be able to attend the memorial service later today, but will have Mass said in Wayne’s memory in the coming week.

    Please accept our sympathy and our prayers.

    Tom and Joan Doyle

  17. Those who kept in touch with Wayne know that after he left The Co-operators and went back to Calgary his family became his life.

    In a sense that was true before then too – except his family at the time also included those who worked with him, devoted as he was to the company and the cooperative cause. When he was transferred by the company to Calgary to set up and manage its western operations, a member of his new management team said to me: “Last evening Wayne invited me and my wife over to his place. I thought it was a social call, but we were soon involved in a discussion of work. I could have taken my parents and all my uncles and aunts with me, and he still would have found a way of engaging us all in shop talk.”

    What Wayne gave The Co-operators will forever show in its character and personality – as it will in those whose careers and lives he helped shape. As a part of his extended family, I hope it would be of some comfort to Sylvia, Shane, Kelly, Darcy and Erin and their own families to know that this incalculable loss is not theirs alone but shared by many.

  18. Cynthia Reinhart :

    Please accept our deepest condolences in the passing of your father/grandfather/husband. Kelley has shared so many wonderful stories about her father over the years. He will undoubtedly be missed greatly by many. Sincerely, the Reinhart family.

  19. Jennifer Lamb (Mogk) :

    Mrs. Scott, Shane, Darcy, Kelley and Erin:

    I wanted to send a short note expressing my condolences for your loss. I was sad to read of your husband/father’s passing. My family (Mogk) lived on Lyon Ave and I have fond memories of the motorcycle rides he would give me when I was a child.

    May your memories comfort you now and forever.

    With Sympathy, Jennifer Lamb (Mogk)

  20. Earl and Dorothy Mogk :

    Dear Sylvia and family,

    We were so sorry to learn of Wayne’s passing. Earl and I have many fond memories of having you as neighbours on Lyon Ave. and visiting with you after you moved to Calgary. I was always uncomfortable with motorcycles, but enjoyed my rides with Wayne. We wish you were still our neighbours!

    Sincere sympathy to you, Shane, Darcy, Kelley and Erin,

    Earl and Dorothy

  21. Sylvia and family:

    Very sorry to hear about Wayne’s death.

    We have many happy memories of the Scott’s as neighbours on Lyon Avenue in Guelph.

    With sympathy,
    Jim Schroder and family

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