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Maj Brian Scott, CD

 


1934-2005

Major Brian Scott was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. He joined the British Army in 1952 and served with the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers in Germany, 1952-1956, before emigrating to Canada in 1956. He transferred to the Canadian Army and served as a Military Policemen in the Canadian Provost Corps 1956-1968, serving in Germany once again 1962-1965. On integration of the forces he left the army and joined the Ontario Provincial Police where he served in Southern Ontario 1970-1979.

Major Scott joined the former Cadet Services Branch in 1975 serving with the Essex and Kent Regiment Cadet Corps in the Harrow/Leamington area. In 1979 he moved his family to Victoria, British Columbia where he was Commanding Officer, 2136 Canadian Scottish Regiment Cadet Corps during the first visit, in 1980, of the regimentís newly appointed Colonel-in-Chief, HRH Princess Alexandra. Relocating to Parksville, he was posted to the Regional Operational Reserve and volunteered with the local Air Cadet Squadron as well as with 2422 Canadian Scottish Regiment Cadet Corps in Nanaimo.

Major Scott was Commanding Officer, 1726 Canadian Scottish Regiment Cadet Corps in Courtenay, 1990-1994, after which he remained with the unit as coordinator of the Duke of Edinburgh program for youth. He was promoted Major in 1996 and was appointed the Area Cadet Instructor Cadre Officer for the North Island/Sunshine Coast until his retirement from the Canadian Forces in 1999.

In civilian life Major Scott was a strong supporter of constitutional monarchy in Canada. He was a member of the Monarchist League of Canada for fifteen years and was the founding chairman of the Comox Valley Branch. He was a member of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, serving with the Comox Valley Branch. Major Scott was a stalwart member of the Anglican Church of Canada and a gentlemen who was trusted and respected by his subordinates, peers, and superiors. He was deeply committed to Canadian youth and was unwavering in his loyalty to his family, Queen and country, his subordinates, and the traditions and pageantry of the Canadian Forces. He was a splendid, immaculately dressed officer whose self-discipline, elegant bearing, and ethical sense was the source of many happy anecdotes and fond memories among his brother officers. Tall and distinguished, he had a gimlet eye for the idle: among the stories told of him, more than one officer related that a roving glance from him stiffened the backbone and made one feel that one had failed in some manner. In truth though, he was the happiest of men and those who knew him loved his tremendous sense of humour, his strength of conviction, and his utter dependability.

Major Scott died in March 2005 after suffering kidney disease. He was survived by his wife Jessie of 36 years, his son, Captain Christopher Scott, and his daughter Kirsten.