John James Scott
Birth Date: October 24, 1929Death Date: February 9, 2019
John James Scott was born on October 24, 1929.
John, otherwise known by loved ones as ‘Gringo’, joined the Marines on November 19, 1947, served in the Korean War and was discharged on January 1, 1953.
He married, Rita (Santiago) on October 10, 1953 and moved to Pacifica, California where they still reside in the same home they purchased in 1953.
John’s first job, along with his brother Gil, was as a painter on the Bay Bridge and he worked on that bridge for five (5) years. He then joined the Cement Mason’s Union and continued with them until 1996 when he retired as a Business Agent.
Many of John’s hobbies included making jewelry, woodworking, fishing lures and fishing rods. He also enjoyed foraging for wild mushrooms in the country side and taking family trips to the Sausalito Flea Market. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and was known to be superb at both. He even made his own fishing dory that he kept docked at Pedro Point. The water and mountains were always part of his life and even in the off season he would walk the beach with his metal detector.
During the 60’s John owned a bait shop called the Coastside Bait and Tackle. Every evening around sunset fishing buddies would gather for a friendly card game or cribbage game.
The game of cribbage by far was John’s favorite and he considered himself to be the best! He and his friends would also play cribbage at the Rusty Hook where he was known at the all time big winner. He would come home and say to Rita “I beat them and won $2.00”. To John the enjoyment came from being with his friends and not how much money he won. Now if he were at a casino the stakes would have been different since he had fun taking our Mom on trips to them.
Not only did John and his buddies spend time fishing he also would dive for abalone, the love of diving for abalone was passed on to his son and grandson. From diving for abalone to chasing the smelt runs down the coast using an old ‘A’ frame net or catching numerous (according to ‘fishing stories’) striped bass over 40 pounds that made him a legend in Pacifica.
If it had anything to do with the ocean John did it. John’s fishing trips included trips to Mexico to the waters of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Baja.
On his numerous hunting trips, he ventured to Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming.
John leaves behind his beloved wife, Rita of 65 years, his four children, Steven Scott, Linda Jones, Michele Scott and Cindy Johnson. He also had six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Mission Hospice House https://www.missionhospice.org/donate/