Thomas Eugene Scott – Age 77. Passed on to eternal life in the morning of April 12th, peacefully with his wife Constance nearby. Thomas was born on July, 11, 1943 in Flint, Michigan to now deceased Irene (Archambault)and Harold Scott, the fourth of six children. Thomas graduated from St. Mary’s High School and Mott Community College.
A passion for Politics at the age of 9 years old, supporting Adlai Stevenson in 1952, would take Tom on the most passionate and intense life journey of government and political service. Tom’s role model for a hard work ethic came from his father Harold, who worked for General Motors for 38 years, missing only one day of work.
Tom married his high school sweetheart (Mary Claire McCabe, who preceded Tom in death) after seventeen years. Their greatest joy was the birth of their daughter Jennifer Jo. To this day, she always brought pride and fond memories of her years growing up.
Tom’s political mantra was “I will fight for you” and that he did. Tom represented the 82nd District of the Michigan State House of Representatives with pride and fervor for eighteen years.
Tom began running Bingo halls to raise money for the Democratic party and that taught him how to raise money. His loyalty and love for the Democratic Party never waned. Tom expanded his bingo halls to raise money for not for profit organizations, helping them to raise thousands of dollars for their causes.
Tom ran and won his first campaign for office in 1976 and retired 18 years later. He served as Chairman of Veterans Affairs for two years and chaired conservation and environment for six years. His last three terms were on the Appropriations Committee. During his legislative tenure, he successfully had 37 bills that became law.
Bills included decreasing gasoline tax for vessels on waterways, licensure regulations for pawnbrokers in townships, annual insurers reports for premiums collected, advance notice on drain assessments, licensing laws for medical technicians and special exemptions for medical and ambulance technicians under certain circumstances.
Tom derived the most pride from his protection bills and legislation protecting the natural environment of the State of Michigan including Sand Dune protection, protection and retirement for employees of parks, recreation and park Rangers. Tom worked closely to guard all the natural resources of the State. In 1987 alone Tom introduced 25 bills, six were passed and four became acts, including the Fish and Wildlife Protection Act establishing and providing for a Game and Fish Lifetime Trust Fund.
Thomas had a passion for public service and passion for life. In retirement, his pleasure was derived from spending time writing and completing a book on “How to run a campaign”.
Golf, gaming and traveling with friends and wife Constance were as intense and passionate as his career.
Tom loved his adopted home, Boca Raton. He shared his love of Boca Raton by serving his community through charitable works, for Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Tri-County Animal Rescue or his love for FAU. Committing day one to the Schmidt College of Medicine, Students white coats program.
One of Tom’s greatest joys came when his grandchild, Grace Mary was born. He so loved hugging her, wrapping her in his arms as an infant and planning her future. He looked forward to seeing her graduate and go on to college.
Tom never compromised on his principles, he taught so many and touched so many people by demonstrating that all citizens must step up and take social responsibility.
Tom leaves his wife, Constance Scott, daughter Jennifer, (Terry Gray-Fiance) grandchild Grace Mary (Jace), Sister Mary Jean (Patrick husband), Sister -in-Law Sandy Scott, ( Raymond-deceased), Sister in law, Stephanie Resky ( Daniel-husband), brother in law John Spicko (Jodi-wife), countless nieces and nephews.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Irene (Archambault) and Father Harold L. Scott; a sister Lucille and niece Colleen Ressler; Brothers Harold J., Raymond and Dennis Scott (Dagmar -deceased wife of Dennis) and many aunts and uncles.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, April 28th at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 370 SW 3rd St., Boca Raton, FL 33432. Face masks and social distancing is required.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a Scholarship set up in Thomas’s name at FAU Schmidt College of Medicine, http://fauf.fau.edu/ThomasScottFund
Donations to Tri- County Animal Shelter and Trustbridge Hospice in Thomas E. Scott’s name are appreciated.
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