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The Passing of a Good Friend, Pat Scott
Source of Title Blog
January 02 2018

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. 

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,, 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:

Robert A. Franco