Last curling rock thrown in honor of Ian Scott | Spare News

Renfrew – More than 100 family, friends and business associates of the late Ian Scott gathered at the Renfrew Curling Club on Saturday to throw curling rocks or shout “hurry up” one last time during a celebration of life honoring the man who carried on the century-old legacy of one of downtown Renfrew’s oldest businesses.

It can be hard to find longtime residents who not only bought a pair of shoes or boots at Scott’s shoe store, but also shared a laugh outside with the man who was rarely seen without a smile. , but who has carried the multi-generational family store through good times and bad.

Hosted by the Scott family, it was a gathering where tears were almost impossible to find, but instead the afternoon tribute was filled with laughter, amusing stories about the man of successful business and a toast or two in his honor.

The jubilant atmosphere was exactly what Dr. Lauren Scott, her daughter who, along with her brother, Nathan Scott, hoped to transpire.

“It’s exactly what my dad would have wanted,” she said as she made her way to the ice surface to play a game in his honor. “My dad loved to have fun and that’s perfect. Although he had fun in many sports, he was a very serious competitor who always worked hard to perfect his game. Whether it was curling, skiing or golf, he tried to win the game until until it is finished. Then it was about enjoying his time with the person he was playing with that day.

“That’s why we put on our curling shoes or tap shoes and went on the ice. I thought it might be hard to get going, but once on the ice, there was nothing but laughter and fun for all. But I have to admit, I’m like my dad when it comes to being competitive, but that was furthest from my mind when everyone started curling.

Dr Scott said when it came to choosing a place to pay tribute to his father, a few places came to mind, but in the end they realized the curling club was the best fit.

“Since his high school days, my dad was either in the store or involved with the curling club in some way,” she said. “Whether he was playing a game with old friends or volunteering at the club, curling was an important part of his life. And today we will honor him by curling to remember him.”

When several guests entered the club, they took the stairs to the second floor and many stopped to look at a framed picture on the wall. They saw four young students from Renfrew Collegiate Institute (RCI) pose with the Ontario Schoolboy Curling Champions trophy which they brought back to Renfrew.

It was 1969 and alongside George Cox, Andy Fraser and Dick Lamourie, smiling but serious 16-year-old Ian Scott was part of a team that not only brought home the material, but was amazed at the reception awaiting them.

As Norm Bujold, a longtime friend and fellow RCI champion when he won several provincial and national wrestling championships, recalled, the four young curlers were local heroes.

“They took this trophy home in a giant parade through downtown and it was something that was a once in a lifetime event,” he said. “The streets were lined up for the four guys from Renfrew who were the best in all of Ontario. Not too bad for small town guys.

Mr. Bujold recalled when he and Mr. Scott attended Algonquin College in Ottawa after their time at RCI.

“We were young boys going to Ottawa to graduate and just like curling, Ian took it very seriously,” he said. “But we also had fun from time to time and enjoyed our time. But Ian knew he was there to learn the business and he came back to Renfrew to help run the family shoe store and it was hard not to go downtown on any given day and see him there. ‘outside. I had my business across the street for many years and it was always busy.

Four generations of Scotts

Mr. Scott was only six years old when his father (Stewart) died untimely in 1960. His mother (Frances Scott Lockwood) took over running the family store until her retirement in 1978. Mr. Scott worked at the family store as a teenager before leaving for high school and coming back from college and finally taking over the store in 1978 until his retirement a few years ago.

It was truly a family business as Mr. Scott and his current wife, Jane Galbraith, not only mentored their own children in the family business, but countless teenagers learned the importance of customer service over the years. year.

Their son, Nathan, worked out of Renfrew for a few years but returned home to take over operations when his parents retired. Like her brother, Dr. Scott learned a thing or two about the business when she started working there at age 12.

“You could say shoes are part of being a Scott,” she joked. “I worked there all through high school and when I came home in the summer from Queen’s University. After graduating as a Doctor of Chiropractic, I went back and worked there until Lucas (her husband, Dr. Lucas Regier and co-owner of Renfrew Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Centre) and I completed all the necessary paperwork to open our business.

She said no one expects her brother Nathan to fill his father’s shoes, but he will continue to serve the people of Renfrew and surrounding areas with the same professionalism their parents instilled in them and will treat their customers not only like customers, but like friends and neighbours.

“He will be the fourth generation of Scotts in downtown Renfrew and when you think about it, that in itself is pretty incredible,” she said. “Just like my father and his father before him, Nathan and the staff will carry on the true small town tradition that has sustained the business for over 100 years (est. 1895).”

There was one thing all the guests who packed the curling club on Saturday would agree on. Ian Scott was also having a great time as he watched from above with his trademark smile.

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