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Harold Hersman "Scotty" Scott, III
June 21, 1955 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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Harold Hersman Scott, III, known to all as Scotty, passed peacefully with family and friends by his side on December 27, 2023.
Scotty was born in Wichita, KS on June 21, 1955 to Harold Hersman Scott, Jr. and Marjorie Frances Orear Scott. Their family moved frequently for Harold’s work, and Marge developed an expert system for introducing her three children – Scotty and his two older sisters, Sue and Patti – to new towns, always ensuring they were engaged in Scouts, church activities, and sports, easing the necessary transitions.
Scotty attended Huguenot High School in Richmond, VA before studying Urban Planning at Virginia Tech. He went on to follow in his father’s footsteps in the oil business, working for many years as an owner/operator of three Amoco stations.
Scotty married Daphne Glasgow in 1985, and together they had two children, Chloe and Sam. Scotty and Daphne instilled in their children a love of music and animals, as well as firm respect for the “golden rule.” Scotty showed great kindness to the family pets, including Bob, the Quaker parrot with a penchant for biting everyone who handled him. They planned fun and horizon-broadening experiences for the children, traveling to places like the Smoky Mountains; Colonial Williamsburg; the Outer Banks; and the homes of cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Scotty loved taking his kids to concerts and shows, including their first Broadway shows in New York, and although he wasn’t a fan of boy bands himself, he eagerly planned Chloe’s first concert outing to see the Backstreet Boys.
In 2002, Scotty married Mary Pohanka, a teacher, and became stepfather to her daughters Sara and Elizabeth; they combined their families in a home in Clarksville, MD. Together with their four children, they enjoyed cruises, beach vacations, trips to Disney World, a memorable Rolling Stones concert, and the everyday chaos of a large family. After the kids moved out, Mary and Scotty continued working until retirement. They spent their free time visiting family and friends and spending time at the beach. In recent years, they saw Jimmy Buffett, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, and many others in concert; went on an Alaskan cruise for their 20th anniversary; and traveled to attend several weddings of the next generation.
Scotty made friends easily everywhere he went, and had a tight group of friends from childhood and college that remained close throughout their lives, often traveling and attending concerts and sporting events together. Scotty loved the Orioles, Ravens, and Hokies, attended many shows at nearby Merriweather Post Pavilion, and organized an annual outing to the Preakness in Baltimore. His friends remember him as a kind, fun, caring man who was always the life of the party.
In the past six months, despite progressing illness, Scotty maintained a standout sense of humor and joy while spending time with his grandchildren, visiting friends and family, watching sports, and catching up on favorite TV shows and movies with Mary.
Scotty was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Hersman Scott, Jr. and Marjorie Frances Orear Scott, and his former wife, Daphne Glasgow Scott. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Mary; his children, Chloe Scott and Sam Scott; his stepchildren, Sara (Eddie) Gill and Elizabeth (William) Duncan; his grandchildren, Thomas and Eleanor Gill and McTavish Duncan; and two more grandchildren arriving this summer. Scotty is also survived by his sisters, Sue (Bill) Peek and Patti (Steve) Mulherin, and his many nephews, nieces, and other dear family and friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 13, at 3:00 pm at Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P.A., Clarksville, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Scotty’s memory to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, 750 E. Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202.