The Late John Scott, Killarney
The death of John Scott (56) at his home in Crawley, England in July, where he lived for over 30 years, came as shock to all who knew him growing up in his native Killarney.
John's surname is synonymous with Killarney's hotel industry as his father, Eamon, once managed the well-known Scott's Hotel in College Street having taken over the business from John's grandfather.
John was born in August 1960 and attended secondary school in Castleknock County Dublin where he developed a love for the game of rugby and from here went to the Shannon College of Hotel Management where one of his classmates was fellow Killarney native, Bernadette Randles. John also studied accountancy and in later years did the accounts for businesses linked to the hotel industry.
John loved playing golf and while he didn't get to play as much as he would have liked while raising a young family, once the kids were old enough John spent as much time on the golf course as he could trying to improve his handicap, always an ambition of his. He also loved photography and enjoyed many days in the countryside taking photos and John's camera, according to his sister Blaithin O'Sullivan, was his 'pride and joy'.
A committed family man, John loved to visit home whenever he could and in later years, while battling his illness, John's visits were all the more special to him and his family. His last visit to Killarney was in late 2015 to celebrate the birth of his sister Blaithn's grandchildren.
John died on the 29th of July 2017 and is survived by his wife Claire and their four children, Madeline, Roisin, Declan and Caitlin.