Obituary, William Albert Scott

William Albert Scott, 97, was born and raised with his loving family in his hometown of Patterson, NY. He marched bravely to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. He had been residing at Carriage Hill Assisted Living in Madbury, NH with his wife of 65 years, until her passing in December of 2022. In the last several months, he was lovingly cared for by his son Wesley, and his daughter-in-law, Kristen. William was born on September 7, 1925 to the late Hilda Pennell Scott and William Francis Scott in Danbury, CT.

After graduating Valedictorian from Pawling High School in 1943, he enlisted in the Army in the fall for basic training at Fort Dicks, NJ. He spent 17 months at Fort Benning, GA and was assigned permanent duties with the 86th Infantry Division in November 1943-1944. William did additional training in Louisiana that Summer and Fall before being shipped to Camp Luis Obispo in California. There he spent several months training in amphibious landing and later training with the Marines in San Diego. Subsequently, he served in the 86th Infantry Division during WWII and was later called serve in the Korean War.

William attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering; in addition, he was a member of 3 Honor Societies. His 40-year professional career was in heavy commercial building construction primarily in New York and around Hartford, CT until his retirement in 1992.

In 1956, William met the love of his life, Johanne Paula Avery on a blind date. They married one year later to the day on April 13, 1957 and had been blessed with 65 years together.

He was a faithful deacon, usher, treasurer, and servant of the Lord for many years at Calvary Baptist Church in Windsor Locks, and later Pioneer Valley Baptist Church in Westfield, MA.

Some of his favorite verses were John 14: 2-3 which reads… “In my Father’s house are many mansions: and if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

He leaves behind a son, Wesley A. Scott and his wife Kristen Weyrick-Scott of Lee, NH; and daughter Corinne A. Shafer of Columbia, SC and four grandchildren who affectionately referred to him as “Pop-Pop”, Elizabeth Shafer (Zechariah) Konz of Madison TN; Emily Shafer of Lexington, SC; Katrina Olson (Jeffrey) of Derry, NH; and Liam Nunes of Lee NH; two great-grandchildren, Kira and Caylee Olson, both of Derry, NH; In addition to his youngest sister, Marion Hoffner of Pawling, NY and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Francis G. Scott, Robert M. Scott, and Albert M. Scott.

A private graveside service was held at the Granby Cemetery, Granby, CT. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Cornerstone Hospice and to Carriage Hill for their care and concern for the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Pioneer Valley Baptist Church, 265 Ponders Hollow Rd., Westfield, MA 01085 or to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306 or by visiting,

Author: Harlem Valley News