PETER SCOTT

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SCOTT, Peter Alexander
February 14, 1947 – December 30, 2013
Peter died calmly in his sleep at St. Paul's Hospital, Palliative Care Unit in Saskatoon on Monday, December 30, 2013. Peter is predeceased by his father Charles Scott, his mother Annie Scott (née Wood), and his beloved brother Dennis Scott. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Barbara (née Robbins), his daughter Elizabeth (Hernard Chan), his son James, his grandson Hoxton, sisters Susan Shanks (Chris) and Joan Davidson (Jim), brother Fred Scott (Emma), brother-in-law Jim Robbins (Nettie Wiebe), mother- in-law Marion Robbins and dozens of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great- nephews in Canada and England. Peter was born on Valentine's Day 1947 in Walthamstow, London, England where he grew up until the age of 19 when his family moved to Fulham, London. In Fulham, he became a lifelong supporter of Fulham Football Club. Peter was educated in Walthamstow, leaving school at 15. He went on to work in bottling plants and in factories making plastic ducks and varnished paintbrush handles. He later returned to school as a mature student at Newbattle Abbey College in Dalkeith, Scotland to do his A Levels. He also studied at Enfield (Middlesex Polytechnic) and earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of London in 1975. A talented Blues musician (singer and harmonica), songwriter, and published poet, Peter formed a successful band The Alexander Patton Group in 1964 in London. Peter was full of stories about the 1960s London music scene and talked of sitting alone in a bar with Jimi Hendrix, having a drink with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, and chasing after Rod Stewart for missing rented equipment. He also loved the London theatre, Harold Pinter, the beat poets, Charles Dickens and British comedy. Peter worked in the book trade, starting at Cambridge University Press and moving to Dillon's University Bookshop in London where he met Barbara in 1969. They married in Fulham in 1973, lived in London until 1976, and then moved to Saskatoon. Peter quickly got a job with the University of Saskatchewan Library where he enjoyed a long career until his retirement in 2006. He was a pioneer of the internet in the early 1990s. Together with Earl Fogel, he created HyTelnet which was a highly innovative pre-World Wide Web browsing interface. Peter was always ahead of his time when it came to the internet – he had one of the first Hotmail and Twitter accounts, was an early blogger and proponent of e-commerce. He published widely in print and online about internet-related topics, and presented his inventive approach at conferences internationally. He foresaw the usefulness of web- based technology for university libraries and made many contributions to modernizing the U of S digital catalogue. His children joke that he invented the internet. Peter was involved in the establishment of the Saskatoon Free-net because he passionately believed in free universal access. Peter continued to play the Blues in Saskatoon where he fronted several bands in the 1980s and 1990s and was a fixture on the Buds on Broadway and Jazz Festival stages. His endeavours earned him numerous awards including a Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album in 1992, a Meckler Network Award in 1991, and a U of S Contribution to Computing Award in 2007. However, he considered his two children to be his greatest accomplishments. Peter was a community-minded individual and served on numerous boards and campaigns including the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Board and CARG (Coronary Artery Rehabilitation Group), where he edited the newsletter for several years. He was a founding member of CFCR Radio, a founding member of the Saskatoon Blues Society, and helped organize the Save the CBC Campaign in the 1990s. Every election you would find him scrutineering for his local NDP Candidate. Peter held strong social values and supported publicly-funded Medicare, the Saskatoon Community Clinic, the Saskatoon Co-op, Credit Unions, and the Crocus Co-op. At all of these places, Peter made many friends. In his retirement, he enjoyed gardening in his backyard where he composted, made soil, and grew potatoes. His most recent joy was the birth of his grandson Hoxton James. His family would like to thank the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic and in particular his nurse Kathy McEdwards and the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul's Hospital for their unwavering commitment to his comfort. "Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this son of York, And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house, In the deep bosom of the ocean buried." A remembrance party will be held on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at the Bassment Jazz Club (202 4th Ave N) from 6pm to 10pm. All who knew him are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either the Saskatoon Community Clinic Foundation (455 2 Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2C2) or Crocus Co-op (135 Avenue B S, Saskatoon, SK S7M 1M2). Online condolences may be sent to Martens Warman Funeral Home http://www.martenswarman.ca/ where arrangements have been entrusted.

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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2014
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