In Memory of Tim Scott

Gathering of Friends & Family

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday January 30, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton Street
Baldwin WI, 54002

Mass of Christian Burial

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Sunday January 31, 2021
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
1295 Ridgeway Street
Hammond Wisconsin, 54015

Tim Scott, age 62, of Hammond, WI passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 20, 2021. Tim was born on July 28th, 1958 in Marshfield WI to Raymond and Ruth Mary (Kelly) Scott. Tim grew up in Medford, WI and attended high school at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary, WI. After high school, Tim attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN earning his B.A. degree in 1980. Tim then taught German at St. Lawrence Seminary before attending the University of Minnesota where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1988. Tim also received a LL.M. degree in German and European Community Law from the Eberhard Karls University in Tubingen, Germany in 1990.

Tim practiced law in Northwest Wisconsin, first with the Bakke Norman law firm in New Richmond WI and then later as a solo practitioner specializing in municipal law. Tim loved practicing law and teaching and excelled at both.

Tim’s true passion was public service work, particularly with youth, whether it was leading Confirmation classes locally, leading his International Scouting organization (Scouting the World) on trips to Germany or various National Parks in the Western United States. He also loved giving his speeches on the Holocaust and it’s relevance today to middle and high schools throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Tim touched and influenced many lives through these groups and loved the time he spent doing this. His wit, sarcasm, story-telling and ability to make others laugh will be forever missed.

Tim has struggled for several years with his physical health which affected his mind and clear thinking. He loved his family, friends and the causes he believed in passionately. Tim would want us all to live life to the fullest with compassion and understanding for others.

Tim is survived by his brothers, James, Michael, Patrick (Lydia), Terry, Dennis (Amy), Kevin (Mary) and his sister Maureen and many nieces and nephews. Tim was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a celebration of life at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Baldwin WI on Saturday, January 30th from 1pm to 4pm. A memorial mass will be held for Tim on Sunday, January 31st at 2pm at St Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church in Hammond WI. The service recording may be watched HERE. A funeral mass and burial will be held at Holy Rosary Church in Medford WI at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be put towards a scholarship fund that will be setup in Tim’s name.

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Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.

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    • To the Scott Family,

      My condolences on Tim’s passing. I was always an admirer of his. His devotion to his faith and dedication to the service of others, be it the law, Boy Scouts or community, was always worthy of admiration. What I will remember most about Tim is his sense of humor and story telling ability of how he could simultaneously poke fun at others and himself with respect and love. There wasn’t a mean bone in his body. I will always remember Tim with a smile. God Bless.

      Rick Mertens
      Troop 336

    • When we first heard of Tim’s passing it was as if the whole world stopped and was silenced for a moment. He is the only person I know of that could make instant bonds of friendship with anyone and everyone in this world regardless of race or creed. Our family first met Tim when he attended high school at St. Lawrence Seminary with our brother Paul. Tim had a personality that was bigger than life itself.! Little did I know then that about 7 years later I would be working side by side with him at Tesomas Scout Camp playing guitar together and providing backup to the Eagle Scout Tribute song that he wrote to honor all Eagle Scouts. We vowed to sing this tribute together for all future Eagle ceremonies that requested it and we traveled central and northern Wisconsin doing just that. I remember Tim being politely rude to people we would greet and laughter would fill a room that could have punched out walls! Years later Tim meet my wife and children, treating them as if they were family to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim’s family, friends, and colleagues. Rest in peace my friend, Your legacy lives on in the hearts, minds, and souls of everyone whose path you crossed.

    • There is so much to say as a tribute to Tim Scott. I was the Chippewa Valley Council staff when Tim came to me with the German scouting exchange. In my 37 years of working for Boy Scouts Tim was one of the easiest people to have as a volunteer. His humor, listening skills, and intelligence was impressive. Everything he did was for kids, not personal recognition. I was so proud and happy when our son chose such positive adult role to speak at his Eagle Court of Honor.

    • I am saddened deeply by the loss of special friend who came into my life over 30 years ago. It was during our time when we both lived in Eau Claire and in the late 90’s and became involved with the BSA Troop 88 of which I was involved as well as my two sons. Tim served as adult leader an merit badge counselor and our friendship for the troop and was apart of many troop activities and treasured memories for me and my two sons and my wife Carol. The friendship grew into my recruitment by Tim of me and my youngest son into his dream of creating the international U.S. and German scouting BSA Explorer Post-896. It was given the name later of Scouting the World. Tim’s depth of knowledge about Germany, culture, history and his command of the German language was something he wanted to share with others which included youth and adults. His special personal kindness when he granted me the privilege of attending a family gathering at his home in Medford. He also generously provided the use of his family cottage on Lake Holcombe for many summers for both the German and U.S Scouts. He has given many youth and adults connected with Scouting the World a opportunity that few people only could dream of which is to spend three weeks in Germany. Those three weeks included a week in a German Scout Camp, a week as a guest with German Host family and a week touring and hiking Germany. Tim wanted us to enjoy and learn about Germany as he did and to leave with the experience we are all one global family if we reach out to make friendships. I have many photos from my years with Tim and our shared time in scouting and they bring tears of joy. Tim will be missed by many especially me.

    • Tim and I were friends through four years of high school at St. Lawrence Seminary in Wisconsin, followed by four years of college at St. John’s University in Minnesota. We were roommates for one and one half years in college that included a semester abroad in Salzburg, Austria, a huge experience for both of us. Tim’s friends knew him as “Great Scott,” “Tim Scout,” or just plain “Scotty.” I would like to share some of what I came to appreciate about Tim during our years of schooling together, and some of what he taught me. Tim was a friend to everyone. He was generous with his time and always tried to bring a bit of humor to any situation. He had wonderful comic timing and a sense of humor that ran from corny to acerbic. Tim had a powerful personality- but was not overpowering. He knew who he was and what he was about.

      Tim loved the German language and Germanic culture. He appreciated the lilt and sound of words and told me once that his favorite German word was “wanderung,” meaning to walk or ramble. He said he loved it because, when spoken, it sounded just like what it was. By the time he left high school Tim spoke fluent German. In college he convinced me to join him for a semester abroad to study in Austria in 1977, even though I knew no German. Tim could easily strike up a conversation with anyone he met on the streets of Salzburg, and he did so often. I was in awe of how at ease he was and how confidently he moved through this foreign culture. We traveled widely in Austria and to nearby countries. It was at this time that Tim and our group visited our first concentration camp, the notorious Mauthausen in Austria. Looking back over Tim’s life, I suspect this visit had a profound impact on Tim. Perhaps in that moment he developed the kernel of his idea that ultimately led him to develop the presentation on the horrors of Nazism for which he is so well remembered today. Tim had a kind heart and a gentle soul. He found the horrors of war deeply and personally offensive.

      Reflecting on the year and a half that Tim and I lived together at St. John’s University I can now appreciate what I learned from him that I could not properly understand very well back then. Tim showed me how to be completely comfortable with yourself. He knew who he was, he liked who he was, and he relished being himself with others. Even though his corny jokes, his musical tastes and his disdain for drinking put him out of step with the prevailing zeitgeist of college life in the late 1970’s, it didn’t matter one whit. Tim’s authenticity was all he needed. He had more friends than anyone could count and was loved by everyone he met. Tim taught me to relax and enjoy being myself. He taught me that each of us has a gift inside to give to the world. Finding that gift and giving it is our job in life. Tim found his gift early and gave with abandon.

      I don’t have a bucket list of places I want to go but of people I want to see. Tim was one of those people. I last enjoyed a conversation with Tim during our 40th high school reunion in 2016. I am sorry and deeply disappointed that I won’t get another chance to be with him again. My deepest condolences to Tim’s family and his many, many friends. The St. Lawrence Seminary class of 1976 has lost one of its most colorful characters. Tim’s was a life worth celebrating. He lived it with exuberance.

    • I was quite shocked to learn of Tim’s passing today, by way of an email to alumni from St.Lawrence Seminary. Tim and I shared a room our senior year at “the hill”, in what we affectionately called “The Liechtenstein Consulate” (Tim’s idea). And, truth is we also kind of shared it with Jeff Olson, who was a frequent visitor. Yes, I endured his corny jokes. He knew exactly what buttons to push on people to get a reaction that would be “laugh-worthy”. Never really malicious, and everyone knew what he was doing. He loved egging people on. I enjoyed his dry sense of humor. Even a year ago, when we traded some emails, he was quick to congratulate me on being Valedictorian, only to say “oh wait…I was Valedictorian”. Which I’m sure caused him to do his little “stifled laugh” at this “ribbing”. He was in our wedding as a groomsman when Dorothy and I got married, and pretty sure he was the one that organized the singing of the school song, since he had committed each and every word to memory, and could still probably sing it to this day. Our condolences to the Scott family. Rest in peace dear friend…

    • I am very sorry to learn of Tim’s passing. I was one of his high school German students back in the day and we kept in touch from time to time. A few years back when my father died, he sent me a kind message, and I will paraphrase something he wrote to fit how important he was to all his students:

      The lessons you learn from a good teacher can never be adequately repaid; they can only be passed on.

      We knew him as Great Scott, and I believe he did do some great things. He will be missed.