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FREDERICK JAMES SCOTT HALL Scott Hall was born in Toronto on September 26, 1946 and died in Victoria, BC on December 10, 2018. During the intervening years, he raised a little hell and fought life to a draw, claiming at the end 'life is overrated.' Predeceased by his parents, Muriel Hall and Fergus Glencross Hall of Toronto; Scott leaves his children, Joel and Marissa Legate; his grandchildren, Rylan, Sasha and Nathan O'Connor; and former wife, Darlene Young. Educated at Upper Canada College ('54 -'64), Trinity College, University of Toronto, and the University of Toronto Law School ('64-'71), Scott hoped to change the world or at least the part Canada played in it. He found that helping others attain elected office was more to his liking than putting his own name forward. 'I can't lie; I can't help it,' Scott once said. He worked on 35 political campaigns. He worked hard for then Prime Minister Kim Campbell, whom he described after she lost the 1993 election as 'Almost the best Prime Minister we never had, except that she was Prime Minister...Go figure.' After writing for the CBC for a number of years in the 1970s, and later for Canadian comedic icon Don Harron, on television, Scott passed up an opportunity to work on the first year of Saturday Night Live in New York and chose instead to write in Los Angeles for Freddie Prinze, a comedian who killed himself soon after Scott began to write for Prinze's television show. Scott retreated to law as a career. 'I had no other skills," he said. After so many years out of the legal milieu, what few skills he had were soon closely scrutinized by the Law Society of British Columbia, which took issue with some of Scott's unorthodox behaviour. Often called on the carpet by his peers, Scott soon learned that 'I was only kidding...' is not an excuse that holds much water in law and after getting his knuckles rapped over a series of unfortunate incidents, he finally got his mind right. He helped hundreds of people deal with childhood sexual abuse. He wrote a best selling book titled 'Unforgivable Sins,' and spent years working with First Nations who had suffered sexual abuse in Canada's residential school system. He had few regrets. In lieu of flowers or donations, Scott encourages everyone to perform random acts of kindness, if they are moved to do so. He'll be seeing you all soon. Or not.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16, 2019
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