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The Passing of a Good Friend, Pat Scott
by Robert Franco | 2018/01/02 |

I have gotten to know a lot of people since I started Source of Title in 2002.  Many of them I have had the pleasure of meeting in person at the National Association of Land Title Examiners and Abstractors (NALTEA) conferences.  One of the most memorable and friendly of the bunch was Pat Scott, and I am very sorry to say that he passed away just before the new year. 

Below are some of my memories of Pat, as well as his obituary and a link where you can sign the Guest Book. If you would like to share a story about Pat, feel free to post it below. 

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Pat volunteered a lot of his time to NALTEA, serving as a past board member and President of the organization, as well as helping out with the committees.  I know Pat cared about the title industry and he was very knowledgeable.  We had some good discussions over the years on everything from technology to recording statutes.  Whether it was a group discussion on a NALTEA conference call, or an in person chat at an annual conference, it was always a pleasure to speak with him.  He was funny, practical, and full of common sense... even when I was irritated or on a rant about something that I thought was just plain stupid.  On multiple occasions, Pat made me rethink my position or helped me understand something better.  I had a lot of respect for Pat and I valued his opinion.  

But Pat was not all about work, so don't get the wrong idea.  I recall at one of the NALTEA conferences (I believe that it was in San Diego in 2007) Pat disappeared from the conference one afternoon.  He ducked out to watch a football game, I believe.  It may not have been so noticeable, but he took several people with him.  As it turned out, Pat was just the kind of guy that made you want to spend the afternoon relaxing in front of a good game. 

He also made it a point to ask about my kids - subtly reminding me that there was much more to life than work. I didn't have kids when I met Pat, and I worked a lot.  I now have a greater appreciation for what it takes to balance work and family. I get the sense that Pat had that figured out much sooner than I did.

I'll miss seeing him at the NALTEA conferences. May he rest in peace. 

Patrick "Pat" Scott

Patrick "Pat" William Scott

June 28, 1964 to December 28, 2017 (age 53)

Patrick “Pat” William Scott, 53, of Fox Lake, formerly of Chicago, died unexpectedly Thursday, December 28, 2017, at his home. He was born June 28, 1964, in Chicago, to the late Patrick Joseph and Mary Ann (nee Warnimont) Scott. Pat married Linda Gleason on May 29, 1993, at St. Joseph’s Church, Medway, MA.

In 1986, Pat received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN. He went on to become the sales and marketing manager at O’Connor Title Services in Chicago. An avid fisherman, Pat enjoyed fishing in Hayward, Wisconsin and on the Chain of Lakes. He was an active member of the National Athletic Club/Rod and Gun Club in Fox Lake. Pat was a member, and former president, of the National Association of Land Title Examiners and Abstractors (NALTEA).

Survivors include his wife, Linda; son, Woodrow Thomas Patrick Scott; siblings, Ann (Richard) Torp, Eileen (Paddy) Keady, Mike Scott, and Molly Scott; sister-in-law, Amy (Joseph) Janczy; nieces and nephews, Jack Flatley, Kathleen, Matthew, Michelle, and Patricia Keady, and Laney Janczy; and his dog, Roxy.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick Joseph and Mary Ann Scott; and by many aunts and uncles.

A celebration of Pat’s life will be held Saturday, January 6, from 1-9 p.m., with a service at 2 p.m., at the National Athletic Club, 264 Lippincott Ln., Fox Lake. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org, or 1-800-342-2383, appreciated.


If you have a story about how Pat touched your life, please share it below.  We'll preserve a spot for him here on Source of Title to remind us all how good "title people" can be.  

Here is the link to his obituary if you want to sign the Guest Book, or post a message there: http://www.hamsherlakeside.com/notices/PatrickPat-Scott

Robert A. Franco


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Memories of Lansing

Pat was a good friend.  I have many wonderful memories, having known him. for 13 years,  The one that stands out in my mind that really shows what a good friend & dedicated title and abstractor advocate Pat was would be our trip to Lansing MI. 

In 2006 I received a call on a Monday from David Bloys asking if I would go to Lansing to speak in opposition at a State congressional hearing regarding the wholesale release and sale of public records.  The meeting was scheduled for 9:00 am the next day! Yikes.  Well I called Pat & he said no problem, he would meet me there.  Jarrod Claybaugh who was working for Source of Title at the time drove 2 hours from Mansfield hopped in my car & we were off on our 6 hour drive from Clevelnad to meet Pat driving over from Chicago.

Pat & I put our heads together as to what we would we would each say.  However when our turn came to speak (after several proponents to the bill  spoke), we were informed that they only had time for one of us to speak.  Pat stated he thought that I should speak & I of course thought that he would be a much better choice.  He won & I spoke.  At the time we were successful in managing  to stall the measure in committee.  Pat wrote a wonderful article for our NALTEA newsletter giving me all the praise.  But I remember it differently.  I couldn't have done it without both his & Jarrod's support and input.  We would always laugh & reminisce over that hurried trip whenever we would meet.  We became good friends.  He was always the person that you could always count on,  I will miss him..

Wanda Steudel 


by Wanda Steudel | 2018/01/02 | log in or register to post a reply

Missing Pat

Pat was a good friend and a critical part of NALTEA.  So many memories from the NALTEA conferences and the tele-board meetings.  He always had time to talk with people. 

He was an avid fisherman and I will miss seeing pictures of his latest catch.

Going to miss you buddy.

  Jay Duncan 

by Jay Duncan | 2018/01/03 | log in or register to post a reply


Pat was one of the sweetest men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.  At every conference he was the first person my brother and I looked for.  We all lost a great friend.

by Douglas Gallant | 2018/01/03 | log in or register to post a reply
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Robert A. FrancoThe focus of this blog will be on sharing my thoughts and concerns related to the small title agents and abstractors. The industry has changed dramatically over the past ten years and I believe that we are just seeing the beginning. As the evolution continues, what will become of the many small independent title professionals who have long been the cornerstone of the industry?

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