|Pat and Deidre|
Those of you who knew Pat Scott were surely saddened to learn of his death, at 85, last Thursday after illness which took hold last year. He is now reunited with the love of his life, Deirdre Scott (née Mulrennan). He was born in county Kerry, Ireland on the 27 of January 1933 and died in Ottawa at the Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital on the 21 of February 2018. He will be missed by extended family members in Ireland, England, South Africa, and the United-States.
Pat was an influential founder and a fixture of the Irish community in Ottawa; he was instrumental in the creation of the Irish Society of Ottawa, Irish theatre and the Chair of Celtic Studies at the University of Ottawa.
He enjoyed attending the weekly Irish language classes and coming to the ceilis; and just last year we would help him up the stairs to the film festival. He liked to get out into the Irish community until at last he couldn't. He was a great reciter of stories and poems participating many years at the Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada in Tamworth, Ontario, winning awards for recitation several times. He also contributed to the Ottawa Irish Arts blog, here you can read his post.
Well, we will miss him, as we already had when his presence became much less.
|Pat at the 2015 Oireachtas, reciting in Irish|
|Pat in 2016|
|Pat at the Oireachtas in 2015, chatting with P. Willoughby|
|2014 at the Oireachtas|
|Pat receiving his gold medal at the Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada|
|Pat and Carol Ann at the Tulip Ball|
|Pat and Sile|
Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, on Sunday (4 March) from 1 to 4 p.m. at Walkley Chapel: 1255 Walkley Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 6P9.
Funeral service will be held on Monday 5th of March at Holy Cross Church, 685 Walkley Rd, at 10:30 a.m.
A celebration of his life will follow and be held at the Heart and Crown, 353 Preston St, following the service, from 12 to 3 p.m.
His obituary can be read here:
The Executive and all members of Ottawa Irish Arts extend their deepest sympathies to the Scott family and closest friends.