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SCOTT, Margaret Alberta Steacy (nee Bell)

June 16, 1921 – Vancouver, British Columbia
December 10, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Marg Scott passed away peacefully in Calgary on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the age of 97 years.

Marg taught elementary school for many years in North Vancouver but is most remembered for her involvement in aquatic sports ranging from teaching and examining in the Red Cross and Royal Life Saving programs and volunteering as a national coach and official of competitive swimming, diving and synchronized swimming. She particularly enjoyed the 15 years coaching the Calgary Special Olympics Synchro Stars. Marg’s philosophy was to do one’s best to help others to do their best. Marg was recognized for tireless volunteer work in the aquatics world with her induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1976 and in 1994 was selected by the Calgary Booster Club as the Sportsman of the Year. When not involved in the aquatics world, Marg and her husband Dave, enjoyed camping holidays as well as travels around the world.

Marg is survived by her son Brian (Joanne) of Cochrane, daughter Susan MacDonald of Whitehorse, Yukon, grandchildren, Kim (Tony) Paradoski, Kris (Sheryl) Carruthers, Kelly Carruthers, Michael (Shinko); great-grandchildren, Nole, Brooke, Molly, Oliver, Hailey, Karley, Eden and Gabriel; and Susan’s Godson Fr. Ain.

Marg was predeceased by her beloved husband Dave Scott in 2006, parents Oliver and Alberta Bell, brother Lyall O. Bell and his wife Kay; and son-in-law John MacDonald.

At Marg’s request, no service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of one’s choice in Marg’s memory.

In living memory of Margaret Scott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.

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  1. Dear Brian & Susan and families: Your Mom made such a huge contribution to the swimming world and was so generous with her time and knowledge over the years. Of course I can’t forget the hours your dad put in on the pool deck as well. We became friends with them over that time and will always cherish their friendship. Sincerest sympathy.

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  2. Don & Maxine McGavern

    Dear Brian and Susan…
    Marg had a most significant life on this planet. There are not enough words to adequately surround her life legacy nor can I in the space provided. What I can say is that Marg first welcomed both Maxine and me into her home when we first moved to Canada in 1973, while traveling from Vancouver to Edmonton and then onto Calgary eventually enroute to Ottawa our first Canadian “home” and the beginning of new experiences in the sport of diving. Marg remained a dear friend for her remaining years, from that time until her passing, filled with so many visits and meetings with us. Those moments cemented her unbelievable commitment to so many activities throughout the Canadian sport and recreational communities as well as incorporating an international flavour along the way. All her work in so many areas reflected the true spirt of volunteerism and love for community spirit. Her awards and recognition over the years aptly supported those activities. She will be missed but never forgotten. All of our thoughts to the entire Scott family in this current moment and those to follow when remembering so many instances of her love and care for so many people, the McGavern included in that list. All our love for those moments with both Dave and Marg we were privileged to have had. …Don and Maxine

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  3. Michelle Calkins DeFilippi

    Marg had an extraordinary eye for diving and synchro along with her passion she pursued the details of line, sculling, music and movement in most of her waking moments. Her capacity for our sport and friendship was unending. Marg was a wellspring of knowledge and always keen to share her expertise, a true leader in sport. Many wonderful moments have passed between us and now Marg joins the ranks of great teachers , and with fondness and love I will miss her very much. Best regards and condolences to both Susan and Brian,

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  4. Marg Scott left an indelible mark in my memories after only meeting her a few times, 28 years ago. I was a newly graduated P.E. student, working for Special Olympics Alberta and I had the blessing of meeting hundreds of volunteers in 1990. Marg’s energy, love of our athletes, knowledge of sport, and kind spirit resonated deeply with me. I often wondered how she was doing and if she knew what a profound impact she had on people, even if was only chance and short meetings. We were blessed with her long life.

    May your wonderful memories of your mom and gran bring you smiles and joy in your times of sadness. She will be missed.

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  5. My thought go out to Margs family. She was an incredible influence to allot of young people. I have very fond memories of her years of involvement with the Calgary Sea Sprites at the Calgary Winter Club. I was a swimmer there in the 70’s and spent many an hour in the pool under Marg’s tutelage. It was through her encouragement and dedication that I stuck with the sport and worked my way from the recreation program at CWC all the way to the National Team. Thanks Marg for your support and enthusiasm. I hope you have already found the pool in your new home.

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  6. Ann Shillam Runquist

    Dear Brian and Susan: Please know our thoughts are with you now. Mom and I have many fond memories of your Mom during our swimming years at the Winter Club.

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  7. Jack & Lisa MacDonald

    Condolences to the Scott family. We have lost a very unique and giving person. Her contributions to the Calgary sports community were legendary – from diving and swimming to synchro she was a leader. I remember how proud she was of her Special Olympics synchro group. Philosophizing about family, travel, education and much more was always fun – she had so much knowledge. Her love of Dave and family was impressive. A wonderful lady who impacted so many!

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  8. Kari-Lynn Hughes

    My condolences to the Scott family. Marg made a big contribution to the sport of synchronized swimming and gave generously of her time and knowledge. She will be fondly remembered. With Sympathy

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  9. Thank you to the family of Marg. Scott for sharing her with the wider “synchro family”.
    My daughters and I as well as many others from the North Family YMCA Lorelettes Synchronized Swimming Club really appreciated all the help and guidance she gave us.
    She gave so much to so many!

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  10. Dear Susan and Brian,
    I have many fond memories of your mom as I followed my path in the synchro world. She was there as a judge and a coach at my first competitions. I remember going to clinics she gave. She worked tirelessly to make our sport better.
    She was always supportive and celebrated others coming out to all the functions even when it must have been very difficult for her she was there. The last time I saw her was in 2016 at the Aquabelle 50th reunion. As always supporting and celebrating others.
    She left a huge legacy for the sport and all the lucky people that had the benefit of learning from her.
    She always spoke so lovingly of Dave and loved sharing their adventures. I’m sure is very happy being with him again.

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  11. I will always remember Margs smile, passion & involvement with synchronized swimming.
    She was a special lady whom everyone loved.

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  12. Brian and Susan: I talked to Auntie Marg was when I was with my Mom, your Aunt Betty, shortly before she passed away in Ann Arbor. We had a loving and delightful conversation as she struggled to converse over the phone. The moment is one I will treasure forever. My mom could not navigate the phone anymore. Its such a treasure to have the love from both of them to remember even with the difficulties that came at the end. May you both know the joy of the memories sweet and otherwise and use them to spread the love onto the next generations.

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