At Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton, on Saturday, March 26, in his 66th year. Much-loved husband of Ruth (Beairsto), brother of David and nephew of Florence (Kays) Keller, Eleanor (Kays) Jay and Marina Kays. He is predeceased by brother Mark and mother Doris (Kays) Edgett.
Scott asked to be cremated. A celebration of life will take place at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, on Saturday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. A brief reception will follow. Although attendance capacity is not limited, the family asks that masks be worn during the service. Those wishing to attend via live streaming can find the link below on Saturday, April 2nd at 2:00 p.m.
Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Scott was raised and completed his early education on Prince Edward Island. Grandson of an immigrant merchant from Lebanon, Scott sharpened his interest in business as a manager trainee with K-Mart Canada, then went on to complete a BBA in Accounting from the University of Prince Edward Island, an MBA in Marketing from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. on the marketing of financial services from the University of Bradford, UK.
Although he was a faculty member of the Brock University School of Business and, later, associate professor in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, although he authored numerous academic and trade articles and co-authored a number of books, Scott did not want to be thought of as an academic.
A self-described introvert, Scott traveled extensively as CEO of the company he and his business partner founded, logging more than a million miles in the air and thousands of hours speaking at conferences, working with clients and leading his team. But, when he came home, nothing pleased him more than to tend his gardens or stretch out on the couch with a good, thick book.
Scott had a well of grit, courage and grace that allowed him to live more than four-and-a-half years with stage-four colon cancer while maintaining an excellent quality of life. He fought hard but knew when it was time to stop. Scott had a deep reverence for all life, and will be remembered by his family, friends and colleagues for his knife-sharp business sense, his understated humour, and his quiet kindness to all.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre or the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA will be very much appreciated.
Livestream Link: https://event.forgetmenotceremonies.com/ceremony?c=f75b0799-8b0c-49a3-a130-49b9ecdb5b01
Dear Ruth and Scott’s family,
Scott was the funniest, loveliest man with a zest for life and a curiosity about the world. A devoted marriage of 40 years is also an incredible accomplishment.
Our deepest condolences to the family and especially his dear wife, Ruth, who survive him. May his memory be eternal.
Dear Ruth ,Billie and I are heartbroken to hear your news ! You were such wonderful neighbours and are still greatly missed! Our door is always open for you !
Dear Ruth and family,
although we’ve met you, Ruth, and Scott only a few years ago, and first as business acquaintances, we’ve become friends and it is with a heavy heart we’re saying goodbye.
Our deepest condolences to you and Scott’s family – our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.
I am a school friend on PEI of Scott’s and would like to extend my sincere condolences to all of his friends and family.
Although I do not know you and Scott well, I feel blessed to have you as
neighbours. I am heartbroken for you at the loss of your dear husband.
What an amazing accomplished man he was.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you always
treasure the memories of the life you shared together.
Dear Ruth, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. What a beautiful tribute to Rob. I wish I had been lucky enough to meet him. Your life together is to be forever treasured.
Dear Ruth and Dave, my condolences on your recent loss of Scott; I went to school with him for many years and was a friend of his throughout our school years. He was an easy-going person liked by all. He went on to have a very successful life. He will be missed by many.
We know how much you will miss Scott, such an accomplished man, and a wonderful partner for you.
We wish we had gotten to know him better, but our hearts are with you.
Leann and Paul
I knew Scott in school,scouts and the militia.he was an honest and very well liked person.he will be missed by all who knew him.my condolences to all his friends and family.
We are holding you and your and Scott’s family close in prayer. Scott was my boss, but very much more a friend for over 15 years. May your memories of your shared life with Scott bring you strength and comfort as you grieve his passing.
In heartfelt sympathy,
Ken and Ruth
Dearest Ruth and family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the translation of such a successful and accomplished gentleman.I have never met him but Wilfred says he was a very lovely person. May the Blessings Be!
Scott and Ruth opened their home for a get-together a few years ago and that’s when I met Scott. He was a graceful and warm host, albeit somewhat reserved. Understandably since it was a first time meeting a bunch of Ruth’s friends. Most of all, he made me and am sure others in the group comfortable to enjoy the party they hosted. Happy trails, Scott! May the Blessings Be!
I extend my condolences. My prayers are offered for the progress of his soul and for the comfort of those who loved him. May your memories warm your hearts.
So sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you, Scott’s family and friends. I never met Scott, but have heard he was a wonderful man. My thoughts are with you.
so sorry for your loss , scott was a very good friend of mine years back . my deepest condolences
I’m so sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. I wish I’d met him. RIP Scott.
Dear David, Ruth, Sue, Barry, and families,
My 1st memories of Scott were in class then him teaching me about stamp collecting.
Scott was kind, fun, and smart!
I was so happy when I heard he married Rita… They made A Excellent Team. He went on in his professional successes. Scott was blessed in life and it’s a sad day. My heart weeps with you all. God Bless.
Dear Ruth and family/friends of Scott,
I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know Scott for 23 years. He was an inspiring business partner, a generous mentor, a caring friend and a great source of humor through many occasions. Despite the demands of running a busy global consultancy, Scott always started with ‘how’s the family?’ He had this amazing ability to make me feel like there was nothing more important, in that given moment, than whatever was going on in my life. He was a great listener and a great friend.
I am a better person for having known him!
We are heart broken to lose such a beautiful person that has made such a positive impact in our lives. We can only imagine your grief. Please accept our deepest sympathies. May he Rest In Peace. With love, Michelle, Jim and Harry
Dear Ruth. I was so sorry to read of Scott’s passing in the Guardian newspaper today. Although I did not know him personally, it is obvious from reading his
death notice that he was a wonderful person. I am sure you have many, many memories of your life together and these memories will become even sweeter a the years go by. Sending love and prayers for peace and courage to you and all family members.
Hugs. Edith Ling (a school pal of Ruth’s from PEI)
Dear Edgett family: My condolences on the loss of Scott. I remember Scott as he was a friend of my brother and his friends during their school years in Sherwood, PEI. I’m glad to see he had a very successful life. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by his family and friend.
Very sorry to hear about Scott, my sincere condolences.
Sorry for your loss Dave and family
Dear Ruth, Dave and families.
My sincere condolences on Scott’s Passing.
Ruth, I am so sorry. Scott was a good, caring man. May your memories of your 40 years together help you. I remember many good times spent with you and Scott, even without horses. May horse hugs help, too.
Dear Ruth, My heartfelt condolences on the recent translation of your beloved Scott. Although I only met him briefly in Minneapolis, Scott was a warm, gentle and generous Soul. You may miss his company but I know you will treasure the loving memories of your life together. Take care of yourself now. May the blessings be!
Nick and I were very saddened to hear of Scott’s passing. You and Scott shared such a beautiful love, cherishing one another for over 40 years. The loss of Scott must be heart-breaking and the grief overwhelming.
I only had a chance to meet Scott on a few occasions. During these occasions, I was deeply touched with how readily he was able to give people the space and freedom to just be who they are. Furthermore, he also was very sensitive to the needs of those around him, including sensitivity to taking Gizmo, their blind older cat, to a place where she could have peace and quite while their house got nosier and nosier with guests arriving to celebrate a special event.
Being in his company was easy. He had such a calm, supportive, and gentle demeaner.
Our deepest condolences to all of Scott’s and Ruth’s families, friends, and colleagues.
With Love Forever!
Joan and Nick
Nick and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ruth’s beloved husband Scott. We wish to send our condolences to Ruth, their family members, friends and colleagues.
We met Scott on several occasions. Each time we were impressed with his kindness, graciousness, and sensitivity to the needs of others. Scott was truly a gentleman. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Dearest Ruth and Family,
Our deepest condolences. Ben and I were so very sad to hear of Scott’s passing.
Sending our love,
Lynn & Ben
Dear Ruth and family ..
I have known the Edgett family for near 25 years and still continue an amazing forever friendship with Dave .
We have some fond memories of dinners and special times with you all at special occasions ..both our families connected on a very spiritual level.
Doris would make us up some beautiful Lebanese food and Always had a beautiful smile On her face.. while Scott had a special way of making us all laugh in his unique way that was very special.
Ruth your just a sweet lady with a beautiful heart.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Scott is now with the rest of his family now without suffering anymore .
You took amazing care of him Ruth.
Gosh bless you all . Stacey Lund
Dear Ruth and family,
Our deepest sympathy. We will remember Scott’s quick wit and wonderful smile.
Cousins, Paul and Monica MacDonald and families.
I was so sorry to hear of Scott’s illness and then of his passing. Linda’s and my thoughts are with you today. He will be missed, both for his collegiality and well as for the valuable contributions he made to University and business life.
Scott was a solid business partner of mine, a colleague at the university, and a co-author with me for many years. Together, Scott and I undertook state-of-the art research in the field of product innovation management, and we co-authored three books and many great articles. We also started a successful consulting company in this field, Stage-Gate International, which continues today. His contributions to our field of research in business were significant. He and his valuable work shall be remembered, and although Scott may have passed, his name and his work shall live on.
Bob Cooper (Professor Emeritus, McMaster University)
Dear Ruth and David, I am so sorry for your loss of Scott. Too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. My heart goes out to you both and I will remember Scott dearly. I wish you both comfort going forward and if you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask.
Love and hugs to you both.
I am sorry to hear this news Ruth, and send to you my
“April’s air stirs in
Willow- leaves…a butterfly
Floats and balances “
Dear Ruth, I am saddened to hear this news. I enjoyed having Scott as my boss at SGI for several years. Always professional, with a side of wit that always made me smile. May he rest easy. Thinking of you, Ruth.