Dr. Donald J. Scott, Bsc, MD, FRCPC, CD, OSJ, Capt (N) Retired – Bridgewater, age 82, passed away on April 26, 2018 in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. He was surrounded by his loving wife, 4 children and 2 of his 4 grandchildren. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 2, 1935, Don was the eldest son of the late Dr. Donald L and Esther Scott. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy while a medical student and graduated from the Manitoba Medical College in 1961. After his internship, he was posted to the medical clinic at the National Defence Head Quarters in Ottawa as a Lt. (N). From there he served in Victoria, BC (Esquimalt) as a medical officer for the Second Canadian Escort Squadron during which time, he sailed with 3 ships and received a Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct after a medical rescue at sea, involving an American tanker.
In 1965, he was posted to RCAF Station Winnipeg as Senior Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon and promoted to LCdr. In 1967, he was posted to Kingston, Ontario to begin his post grad training in Radiology (Diagnostic Imaging). In 1971, he was posted to Canadian Forces Hospital, CFB Halifax. In 1975, he was named Chief of Radiology and promoted to Commander. In 1980, he was promoted to Capt. (N) and made Commanding Officer of Canadian Forces Hospital, Halifax. After serving in the Navy for 23 years, he retired from the military in 1982 and moved with his wife, Karen, to Bridgewater. He worked in Radiology at Dawson Memorial Hospital followed by the South Shore Regional Hospital. He served many years as Chief of Radiology, spent 8 years on the board of Management of SSRH and was a Chief of Medical Staff for 4 of those years. He retired for good in 2004, and then was able to enjoy a number of years at the cottage which he loved, as well as the RV trailer which both he and Karen enjoyed.
Don is survived by his wife, Karen, Bridgewater; brother, Stuart (Judy), Winnipeg; daughters, Linda Brown, Bedford; Sylvia Scott, Toronto; Carol (Paul) Begin, Oxford; son, Donald (Erin) Scott, Toronto; 4 grandchildren whom he loved dearly – Dane, Miya, Cameron and Riley; niece, Carly. He was predeceased by his parents. Cremation has taken place. At Don’s request, there will be no service. There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 28 from 3pm- 7pm for friends and family at 53 Alpine Drive, Bridgewater. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association or the Parkinson Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater, where online condolences may be made by visiting www.sweenysfuneralhome.com.