Obituary of Joel Elwood Douglas Scott
On March 30th, 2023, the Scott family of Timberlea, NS, unexpectedly lost their rock and Daddio. Joel Elwood Douglas Scott passed away in Halifax, two days after his 50th birthday. He leaves behind his Love, Pam (Benoit) Scott; his sweet dolly Lilly, and his wee beast Evelyn.
Joel was an incredible son to his parents, Sharon (Merrithew) and the late Murray Scott; and a supportive brother to Penny (Michel) Scott-Merisma, Jennifer-Jo (Peter) MacNeill, and Angelina (Shane) Mann. He was always there for his nieces and nephews (Karla, Miguel, Monika, Kristina, and Tristan; Jack, Violet, and Gavin; Tye and Hailey), and whole-heartedly loved Pam's family (Mary Beth White; Joel, Stacey, and Jase Benoit). In addition, he leaves many friends and colleagues who were family. He was predeceased by his grandparents, his dad, and his mentor Jim Webber.
Following the example of his parents and Grampie Merrithew, Joel always worked hard. As Parts Manager at Steele Hyundai Halifax, he was a valued leader, striving for excellence in everything. Although often top in sales, he never took the credit, choosing instead to honour his team. His priority was developing people, something he did consistently and well.
Joel lived loud in every sense of the word. His rhythm and musicality were unparalleled. Growing up in Fredericton, NB, he cut his musical teeth on "The King is Coming" and Johnny Cash before picking up the bass guitar. Joel was equally at home playing Led Zeppelin riffs or contemporary worship songs with the Jay Phillips Band. With his signature purple bass and intense scowl, he inspired many young musicians. Vocally, Joel’s bass voice stood out as well. Whether he was belting out classic rock songs at the dealership, carrying intricate harmonies for Christmas carols, or crooning "Hot Potato” to Evelyn at bedtime, Joel could be counted on for flawless pitch, tempo, and rhythm. Joel was also passionate about trains from childhood. He knew all the rail lines and schedules by heart and would wait for hours just to watch a train go by and hear the horn blow.
In 2004, Joel fell for a tall redhead from the South Shore. Joel and Pam married in 2006, living in New Brunswick for several years before settling in Timberlea. Together, they tackled many challenges, from weekly meal prep to major surgery. Pam introduced Joel to the Deaf community, whom Joel grew to love too. They loved good food and good music, and one of the highlights of their life together was seeing Robert Plant play live.
Joel's greatest joy was his three strong, spicy girls. He loved them fiercely and never missed an opportunity to tell them so. He shared his love of trains with Lilly and Evelyn, treating them to a ride on a genuine steam engine. The Scotts also delighted in ordinary things - ice cream runs, Lilly's grilled cheese sandwiches, apple picking, dad jokes, and weekend brunch.
Joel loved Jesus with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength. He knew he was not perfect and could do nothing outside of God's grace. Not only in his roles at Timberlea Baptist Church, but in all aspects of life, he embodied what it means to be a faithful servant. Just as his bassline anchored every song he played, he supported everyone he knew, knowing that Jesus was the source of his strength.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, April 15th at 1pm, at St. John's Anglican Church (2187 Larry Uteck Blvd, Bedford NS, B4B 1E2). The service will be live streamed, with details to be posted on the TJ Tracey Funeral Home website - https://tjtracey.com/. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people support a local business, something that was close to Joel’s heart. There is a GoFundMe page set up to support Pam and the girls (http://gofund.me/537cdd43) as well as a Meal Train page (https://mealtrain.com/4r768m).