BAILEYVILLE – Ernest Stafford Scott, 87, passed away Jan. 5, 2014, surrounded by his family at a Bangor health care facility. He was born April 1, 1926, to Ralph and Margaret Scott in Cambridge, Mass.
He grew up in Baileyville and was educated in local schools. He was a true patriot, of that there was no doubt. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy from October 1943-March 1947 on the U.S.S. Franklin CV13 as an engineer in the boiler room. He survived the bombing of the ship-724 of the 3448 men perished. Nothing ever severed the ties that he and his shipmates had. His continued dedication to his fellow vets was always a large part of his life. Author Stephen Jackson and Scotty met at a ships reunion in Bar Harbor. His published story “Missed The Saturday Dance” containing personal memoirs of the men he served with on the U.S.S. Franklin is being used in a screenplay for the big screen.
On July 21, 1945, he married his beloved, Vivian Cox. They celebrated their 68th anniversary in July of 2013. He worked in Grand Falls in the generating plant, about 15 miles up the St. Croix River, for 40 years and retired in the early 1980s.
He was an active Brother of the Masons of Lewey’s Island Lodge No. 138 and recently received his 65 year pin. He belonged to the Legion Wren Post 23 in Baileyville. He was an active member of the U.S.S. Franklin CV13 Museum Association. He belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 60 years. He was blessed with an exceptional sense of humor which he possessed right up to the end. He was a great story teller and never failed to punctuate his stories with a pinch of humor. In retirement, he loved working “the farm,” tilling, gardening, and cutting wood. He was also very musically inclined and enjoyed “building” his spaghetti sauces and making his “Grammy Soups.”
He is survived by his wife, Vivian Scott; three daughters, Barbara Wheaton of Alexander, Phyllis Wheaton and husband, Jonathan, of Alexander, and Vicki Martin and husband, Lou, of Bangor; seven grandchildren, Wendy Wing and husband, Scott, of Monmouth, Leigh Busque and husband, Joe, of Orrington, Robin Gagner of Hampden, Jill Moffitt and husband, Jason, of Holden, Patricia Clark of Bangor, Tim Clark and wife, Gina, of Ohio, and Karen Clark of Texas; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Charlene Perkins, Lois Stimson, and Greta Leighton all of Baileyville; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service in his honor will be held 1 p.m. Jan. 14, at the Peoples United Methodist Church in Baileyville. Spring interment will be at the cemetery in South Princeton. Gifts may be made in his memory to Maine Veterans Home B Unit, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME, 04401.