Scott, Joe

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Loggieville's Joe SCOTT was buried Aug. 15. What a flood of memories the funeral brought back. It was an emotional occasion for myself because Joe was special. I never met anyone else like Joe. Reflecting on my connections with him over the years, especially during my teens, there were few people who had more influence on my maturing values than he. Joe had little formal education and Father Roger described him this morning as a man that was happy and content to live a relatively simple life. He made do with his lot. But there was more to Joe than that, for those who were touched and influenced by his presence and/or sphere of interest. Joe had a great understanding of human nature, great patience and compassion for human frailty, especially with the youth. He also had tremendous sense toward the difference between right and wrong.

All of this was underlined by his reputation amongst teenagers that "Joe could be trusted with your most profound secrets," and thereby created an atmosphere that pushed him into the role of the unheralded councillor for a wide variety of teenage personalities. Joe was a man that kids could talk to; he didn't intimidate you, he listened but didn't preach to you. If he perceived what you were doing as being on the upswing, you would get a pleasant "yah, yah" with a nice smile while he jingled the coins in his pocket. But if your behavior or your talk was leaning to a negative note, you were sure to get a disgusted "tah" followed by a "Gosh-dash boy, how would your mother like that?" There were few laughs and chuckles to go with it all, but in the long run, you would reconsider the way your behavioral trends were taking you because: By the time Joe was finished with his gentle barbs and innuendo, you were seeking to pacify your mother's "wishes" and looking to be reaccepted within Joe's conception of proper behavior.

Overall, Joe came off as an uncanny wise man able to reach out to many by virtue of the confidence he portrayed in his own convictions as to the right thing to do and by the good example he presented with his own lifestyle. To quote an old friend (Pete): "Anyone that hung around Joe's , became a better person; he taught you to be a good sport - ' he took the "sulk" out of your demeanor."

Joe's Ice Palace, as the local rink became known in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the social centre for the young people of our village. It was the place to skate, to play hockey, to hang out, to shovel snow, or to gather and Joe was always the man. In latter years while shooting the breeze, Frank suggested the Ice Palace was like an institution, but now I'll take that one step further- the Ice Palace was the place; Joe was the institution.

Joe SCOTT, 86, a man of character. For sure we will all miss his presence, but we will always remember his influence. "Gosh-dash, boy..." But I am glad I knew Joe!

Source: Miramichi Weekend, August 21, 1992

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