David R. Scott, 77, died unexpectedly at his home on May 2, 2020. He was born in Batavia, NY to Donald J. Scott and Marie (Miller) Scott.
David grew up in Corfu, NY. He graduated from Corfu High School in Corfu, NY in 1960. After high school, he attended college at Alfred State where he received a degree in Floriculture. He joined the National Guard of New York in 1964 and served for 6 years.
David was the fourth-generation owner of Scott’s Florist and Garden Center until he sold it in 2006, after 113 years in business. His great-grandfather, William Scott, started the business after being a gardener for the Queen of England. William also designed gardens for the Pan-American Exposition.
Just as the other men in his family before him, David was known for his green thumb, his incredibly strong work ethic and his love of plants, trees and flowers. He could recall the genus and species of all plants and love to quiz others on them, especially his wife and daughter. David grew the majority of the plants for Darien Lake for over two decades. He continued doing landscaping, cemetery pots and chopping wood until his death. He also served many years on the Evergreen Hill Cemetery Association in Corfu, NY and the Corfu Area Business Association.
David was preceded in death by his parents Donald Scott and Marie (Miller) Scott, and his sister Donna (Scott) Millioto.
David is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou (Boloski) Scott; his daughter Ann Marie (Anthony) Hackett; his beloved granddaughters Alexandra, Ariana and Ava; his brother-in-law Charles Millioto; nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives.
David met his wife Mary Lou while she was working at Scott’s Florist. Their first date was fishing, of course. They were happily married for 45 years. David was an incredibly loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who tried to help everyone he knew using his wealth of knowledge.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved the outdoors. His talents included chain saw carving, raising koi, scenic painting and helping his friends and family every way he could. Dave has taught so many people how to fish through the years.
Affectionately known as “Pa,” his love for his granddaughters was great and he loved to watch them play, work alongside him in the garden, and watching them at their sporting and music events.
A memorial service will be held at a later time in the summer.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to CompassCare, 1230 Eggert Road, Buffalo, NY 14226, www.compasscarecommunity.com/donate. Gifts can be designated as "In Memory of David R. Scott" either in the memo line on the check or in the notes section online. Condolences may be left on David R. Scott’s online guest book at http://memorial.yourtribute.com/David-R-Scott