Caroline Phelps SCOTT

June 30, 1927September 21, 2020

Caroline Phelps Scott (nee Coghill) passed away peacefully on September 21, 2020 in Victoria General Hospital, Halifax in her 94th year. Born in Ottawa, she was the daughter of Eva May (Phelps) Coghill and Harry Judson Coghill. She attended Queen's and Dalhousie Universities and graduated in medicine.

Caroline was a pioneer as she was one of only two women in her medical class at Dalhousie. In a sense she was following in the footsteps of her mother who was a nurse on the Western Front in WW1. She worked in public health in Victoria BC and was involved in the then new vaccination program for polio. She also worked closely with the BC Haida community. In the 1960s and 1970s Caroline worked for the precursor to Health Canada on the regulation of prescription drugs and for a time she was head of the Bureau of Pharmaceutical Advisory Services.

Caroline married John (Jack) Scott who was a WW2 veteran and survivor of the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan. Jack was a lucky survivor in WW2 but sadly succumbed to cancer in 1989. Caroline maintained naval connections after Jack died and became a dedicated Trustee of HMCS Sackville.

As a naval wife, Caroline moved often with husband Jack and two children Heather and Bill. Caroline was the youngest of three siblings. She was very close to her brother Donald and sister Betty. She maintained strong links with Betty's sons Rob and Pete, Donald's daughter Marsha, and Donald's grandson Chris.

As well as her children Heather and Bill, Caroline is survived by four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She travelled often to visit her son Bill, daughter in law Linda and grandchildren Laura and Isabelle in Canberra Australia, and her daughter Heather and son in law Tim and grandchildren Ailsa and Will in Ontario. The family grew with Ailsa and husband Adrian's children Ailish, Marion, Everton, and Bayard. More recently Will and wife Dani's daughter Fia was born. She cared about all the family and never forgot a birthday.

Special thanks to Kathy Smith, Ashley Myers, Catherine-Anne Murray and her Geriatric Team for all their care and support.

Following cremation there will be a burial at sea so Caroline can join her beloved husband Jack.

Memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice or to the QEII Foundation online with a credit card via or by either mailing a cheque (indicating “Medical Equipment Fund T774”) to:

5657 Spring Garden Road, Box 231 Park Lane Mall, Halifax NS, B3J 3R4


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Barbara Jones

October 14, 2020

Such a lovely woman and a doctor who shared her knowledge with others. Caroline was good friends with Helen O'Halloran, and I will never forget her kindness to me when Helen passed away. My sincere condolences to the family, Barb Jones Gordon

Ashlee Roy

September 29, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Caroline's passing. On behalf of myself and my colleagues at Shoppers Fenwick Street, I send my condolences to her family. Rest in Peace Caroline.

Dianne McMahon Kokesh

September 25, 2020

As a resident of the same condo, my Mom was a good friend of Carol's. Carol provided wonderful support to my Mom as her health failed and she passed. In recent years I enjoyed chats with Carol and will remember her always as a kind, thoughtful friend to my Mom and a wonderful story-teller.

Barb Grisdale

September 24, 2020

The Scotts moved to our Ottawa neighbourhood in the sixties. Nearly sixty years ago. They were always on our radar. After Jack died, Caroline and I struck up a friendship. We were never short of conversation, and I was never short of amazement as she recounted her life. It was a life lived to the fullest. Caroline taught me a lot, and I am grateful for what I learned and for having her friendship. My love to Bill and Heather and their families.

Eula Raymond

September 24, 2020

I was shocked to hear the sad news of Caroline's death. As a
same floor neighbor at the Condo, we shared a few interesting chats. She will be missed.
Please accept my sincerest sympathy.
Eula Raymond


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