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Nathan Scott, also known as "Uncle Nathan", "The Candy Man" and "The Matchmaker", died peacefully at home on Thursday, September 6, 2012, at the age of ninety-five.
Born in St-Cyrille, near Quebec City, Nathan was the son of the late Aaron and the late Sarah Scott. Nathan grew up in Montreal and attended local schools. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the Royal Rifles of Canada Regiment (Canadian Armed Forces); and later joined his family's clothing business Scott-LaSalle, where he rose to the presidency.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Scott was passionately committed to the Montreal Jewish community. He volunteered with the Hebrew Free Loan Association, served as Chairman of the Combined Jewish Appeal campaign. Nathan was the National President and Treasurer of the Jewish National Fund, for which he continued to raise funds into his 90s. He was also the first President of the Montreal Cystic Fibrosis Society, and the assistant chair of Montreal-Israel Bonds. Mr. Scott was awarded the Samuel Bronfman Medal – the most prestigious award granted by the CJA for extraordinary service and leadership over a lifetime.
Nathan, a well-known local figure, could often be seen out walking on Sherbrooke Street and on Côte-des-Neiges Road stopping to chat and distribute candy and dolls to all those he met. The communities of people whom he embraced, and who embraced him, couldn't have been more widespread and diverse. No one could resist his sense of humour and his upbeat outlook – it was infectious.
Beloved husband of Betty Greenberg for sixty-seven years. Cherished father and father-in-law of Robin and the late Len Mader, Susan and François Séguin, Judy and Mark Caplan, and Barbra Scott. Adored "Grandpa Nathan" of Daniel Mader, David and Lindsay Mader; Dana Caplan Goodman and Jonathan Goodman, Abraham, Joanna, and David Caplan; Lily Madeleine and Gabriel Scott Séguin. Proud great-grandfather of Noah, Lilah, and Orly Goodman; and Penelope Mader. Predeceased by his siblings and their spouses, Dr. Ben and Dorothy Scott, Anne and Dr. Joe Goldberg, George and Thelma Scott, Irving Scott and Thelma Scott-Rappaport, Jack and Sally Scott, Betty and Dr. Sidney Neiderhoffer, Pearl and Isidore Labow. Dear brother-in-law of Marty and Becky Greenberg, Sylvia and the late Barney Lipman.
Nathan will be sadly mourned and fondly remembered many by his nieces, nephews, family and many friends. Heartfelt gratitude to Lally Sulapat, Cornelia Stan and Laezel Ato for their exceptional care and devotion.
Funeral service from Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W., on Monday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. Burial at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery, 1250 ch. de la Forêt. Shiva at his home. Contributions in his memory may be made to the "Betty and Nathan Scott Endowment Fund" c/o Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, (514) 937-9471, or to the Jewish National Fund, (514) 934-0313.
He left the world a more positive place for his having been in it; he loved people, and they loved him.

Published in Montreal Gazette from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9, 2012
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