CRISFIELD — A graveside service for former Mayor Richard D. Scott will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 at Sunnyridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Robert Daniels officiating. Mr. Scott died Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home at age 93.
Born in Crisfield on Sept. 9, 1928 to the late Marvin P. and Delsie L. Townsend Scott, he was married to for 63 years to Dora Lee Thornton Scott who died on Dec. 17, 2017.
An Army veteran who served during the Korean Conflict, he worked as a city police officer and as captain for 22½ years followed by nearly 20 years as Chief of Security at the former McCready Memorial Hospital. He was a volunteer firefighter for over 40 years, member of the American Legion Stanley Cochrane Post 16, and attended the former Evangelical Wesleyan Church.
Mr. Scott served as mayor for a combined 16 years, from 1986-1994 and 1998-2006, and was a past president of the Mayor’s Association of the Eastern Shore, the American Legion and Wesleyan Church.
During his time as mayor he was proud of the development of the Woodrow Wilson Community Center, improvements to the wastewater treatment plant and the addition of water towers. He also worked to reorganize the police department and was instrumental in its relocation next to City Hall. He also helped establish the Brown’s Court neighborhood.
He loved this community and its people and continued to be interested in its progress with a run for City Council in 2008 but he was not successful. Mr. Scott was among past mayors honored by Mayor Barry Dize during a City Council meeting in September 2018.
He is survived by his daughter, Denise Scott/Mike of Chincoteague; grandchildren, Jason Dize, Ellen Scott, Barry Scott/Jessica, and Kelly Wilson/Tim; siblings, Joseph Scott/Nola of Crisfield, Mary Ellen English of Hebron, and Denny Scott/Alice of Salisbury; son-in-law, Harvey "Corky" Dize of Marion; special neighbors, Nicole Miller and Ed Gillespie of Crisfield; and several great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his children, Bruce Scott, Richard “Dickie” Scott, and Terri Dize; and siblings, Harold Scott, Sr., Bill Scott, Eddie Scott, Preston Scott, Marvin Scott, and Lake Scott.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Crisfield Fire Department, P.O. Box 591; or Lower Somerset County Ambulance and Rescue Squad, LSCARS, P.O. Box 406; both Crisfield, MD 21817.
Arrangement are with Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home, condolences to the family may be shared at www.bradshawandsonsfuneralhome.