HENDERSON, N.Y. —
Carpenter Scott, 86, Henderson, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, at the
Samaritan Keep Home following a lengthy illness.
Calvin Scott, 86, Henderson, passed away February 4th, at
Samaritan Keep Nursing Home where he had been a
Mr. Scott, a lifelong Henderson resident, was a partner with
his twin brother Murray B. for over five decades at
Scott’s Garage in Henderson.
Merrill was born Nov. 29, 1926, at home in Henderson, a son
of Victor A. and Bessie (Carpenter) Scott. He was active in
Scouting in his youth, and the Salutatorian of the Henderson
Central School class of 1945, graduating early for military
service. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War
II and served for two years. During that time, he attended
the Nuremburg Trials as military observer and later gave
talks to high school students on the event. He was honorably
discharged in 1946.
Following his discharge from the military, Merrill completed
a program in automotive mechanics at H. W. Smith Technical
School in Syracuse in 1949. That year, he returned to
Henderson and with his brother Murray assisted their father
Victor in construction of the “new” Scott’s Mobil
full-service AAA station and garage on Main Street. It
replaced the original business begun in 1936 across the
street. He also was a bus driver for the Henderson Central
The brothers formed a partnership, M&M Scott, and took
over the business upon the death of their father in 1960.
The garage was a Henderson landmark and the brothers were an
ever-present source of news and assistance – not just
automotive – for 44 years until they retired and closed
the garage on Halloween night 2004. Counting the years with
their father, they worked in the garage for 68 years.
Merrill had been an active member of the Independent Garage
men’s Association and was a 62 year member of the American
Merrill was a lifelong member of the Henderson Central
School Alumni Association, the Henderson Volunteer Fire
Department, Henderson Ambulance Squad, Henderson Harbor
Chamber of Commerce, South Jefferson Chamber of Commerce,
Henderson Central School Board, Henderson Republican Party
Committeeman, and Henderson Fire Commissioner and Treasurer
in 1968 when the District constructed the new Community
Building-Fire Department, Community Hall and Library
complex. He was also a member of the Don Rounds American
Legion Post 586 and the VFW Post 5344, both Adams for over
Merrill married Nina Reed, Dec. 31, 1950 at the Adams
Village Baptist Church. They had two sons. Mrs. Scott passed
away Jan. 29, 2011.
He is survived by a son, Calvin, Syracuse, a daughter-in-law
Mrs. Nancy Richmond Scott (Mark), Holley, NY, grandson,
Jonathon M. Scott, and his wife Stephanie, and
great-grandson Tyler and great-granddaughter Brooklyn,
Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Mark, on Aug.
14, 1993, and his twin brother, Murray, who passed away Jan.
9 of this year.
Memorial and graveside services will be held this spring at
a time and date to be announced. Burial will be in Evergreen
Cemetery, Town of Henderson.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Henderson Fire
Department (PO Box 3, Henderson, NY), and the Memorial Fund
of the Henderson United Methodist Church.
Funeral arrangements are with Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral
Condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com.
Information provided by Carpenter-Stoodley
Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.