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John James Scott

Birth Date: October 24, 1929
Death Date: February 9, 2019

John James Scott was born on October 24, 1929.

John joined the Marines in 1951 then served in the Korean War and was discharged in 1953.

He then married our Mother, Rita on October 10, 1953, and they moved to Pacifica where they still reside in the same home that they purchased in 1953.

Our Dad’s first job was a painter on the Bay Bridge, and his brother Gil was also a painter with him.

After both painting the bridge for 5 years they then joined the Cement Masons Union as he finished concrete, and retired in 1996 as Business Agent.

Many of Dad’s hobbies included making jewelry, woodworking, fishing lures and poles, mushroom hunting, family weekend trip to the Sausalito Flea Market (when not fishing or hunting LOL) Not only being an avid fisherman and hunter (he was great at both) he and his fishing/hunting buddies were known to gather over a few beers in our garage. He even helped making his own fishing dory (boat) that he would keep in Pedro Point. The water and mountains always part of his life and even in the off season he would walk the beach with his metal detector but when he got home he would make some of the best chili.

He used to draw thousands of people to Pacifica with his bait shop named the Coastside Bait and Tackle but as the crowds left at sunset they would play card and cribbage. The game of cribbage by far was his favorite. He and his great friends would play cribbage all the time at the Rusty Hook where he was known as the big winner. He would come home and say to Mom I beat them and won 2.00 (lol). The moral of that story is the enjoyment he had with his friends at hook.

He spent countless hours fishing and hunting with his buddies but he also dived for abalone. Anything that had to do with the ocean he did it. He even dived for abalone, chased the smelt runs down the coast using an old “A”frame net.

His hunting travels brought him to Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado, and Wyoming. His fishing travels brought him to Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Buenavista (Baja).

His passion was taking care of a few injured pigeons but he would also feed the neighborhood pigeon. He even had a few trained where they would eat out of his hand. Oh and he would never let his 4 dogs eat dog food. He would spoil them and make them dinner every day.

He collecting coins and all sorts of sports memorabilia.

He even caught 3 striped bass over 40 pounds which has led what many called one of the legends from Pacifica.

Some of his favorite quotes amongst our friends and all of us were :

“they never eat the chili in china”

“home on the range”

He was also known as “gringo” and his personalized license plate of “1gringo”

He leaves his beloved wife Rita of 65 years, his four children, Steven, Linda, Michele and Cindy in addition to 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. I love the memories posted here. My mother told me of a couple of them herself. I wish I had known Uncle Scotty better, but I know he certainly was well loved by his family and friends! Please know, you are all in my thoughts.

    Jennifer Gundran-Williams

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