Victim spent life helping others

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - They are the framed images, mementos and honors spanning 86 years that have been salvaged from the home where George Michael Scott lost his life.

Harford County firefighters responding to the early morning fire on U Way in Havre de Grace gound flames shooting through the roof, and their repeated attempts to locate Scott would be in vain.

They would later find his body, burned beyond recognition, in an upstairs bedroom.

"There's no evidence of any wrongdoing," said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Mark Bilger, "We've canvassed the neighborhood and there are no issues as far as any type of criminal activity in the community.  We still have family members to interview and do a lot more research before we can determine exactly what may have happened."

While their loss is profound, members of Scott's family set aside their grief long enough to reflect on Scott and his remarkable life.

"My father-in-law was a wonderful man---father, grandfather, friend, fraternity brother, neighbor beyond belief," said Ronald Wright, "Nothing he wouldn't do for you... didn't expect anything in return."

An active alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Scott was a veteran and served other vets until his retirement from the Perryville VA Hospital.

A former standout football and baseball player at Tuskegee, Scott's legacy includes a spot in the university's Hall of Fame, and he went on to coach football in Selma where he was once named Alabama's High School Coach of the Year.

Yes, a fire has claimed the life of George Scott, but it was a life spent helping everyone he came into contact with.

"He would certainly be entitled to the title mentor emeritus," said Wright, "He mentored everyone... was a father to everyone... always had a kind and encouraging word to say, and I'll miss him a whole lot... helping me raise my son."

Scott is survived by a daughter and two sons, as well as 11 grandchildren.

The source of the fire that claimed his life is still under investigation.

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