Mr. D. Scott Deware
January 14, 1960 – August 27, 2020
A Celebration of Life will take place on October 3, 2020 at Scott's home. As he requested, we are honored to host this event complete with music and a photo collage video highlighting his life, with his wife Melanie and family, and special memories. Looking forward to celebrating the life of a loved and loving family member, devoted and loyal friend, and a gentleman of the highest integrity (and who was never at a loss for words!) Event Link below:
In line with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' COVID-19 instructions for outdoor gatherings, there will be 30-minute scheduled blocks of time beginning at 12:00 pm through 4:00 pm with up to 30 individuals during each block of time. Masks will be required. Obituary follows below.
Donald Scott Deware, 60, of Easton, MA, formerly of Hingham, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born in Quincy, MA, he attended Derby Academy, Thayer Academy and Hingham High School. He is a graduate of New England Institute, Mount Ida College, Newton MA, and received a degree in Business management and the Applied Arts and Sciences.
A family member of Deware Funeral Home in Quincy, MA, as a Funeral Director he performed several roles during four decades of commitment: President, Deware Family Funeral Homes, Quincy MA; Director of Marketing and Events, Affiliated Family Funeral Homes of New England (comprised of over ninety affiliated funeral homes in the Northeast United States and Eastern Canada and a subsidiary group of Service Corporation International (SCI) the world’s largest funeral service provider).
Through SCI, Scott was especially proud of his roles as the New England Director and Coordinator, “Escape School”, a child abduction prevention program and the New England Director and Coordinator, “Smart and Safe Seniors”, a senior citizen safety program. In this role, he was well received as he visited all local schools, senior residences, and senior centers to personally provide a presentation on how to stay safe and what to do if abducted or in any other emergency.
The last several years have seen Scott concentrate on developing his motorsports business and utilizing his skills of evaluating and positioning business opportunities for merger, acquisition, and investment. He was a Board Member and Partner, Sport Jet, LLC, is a startup private light jet company located in Colorado Springs, CO and a Partner, Heritage Motorsport, LLC, a UK based company specializing in the development of motorsports virtual reality entertainment.
Scott met Melanie Jane (Lyons) Deware, his wife of eighteen years, when she represented the Quincy YMCA as a fellow board member on the original Quincy Asian American Committee and Committee for Immigrants. For several years they organized and co-hosted the Quincy August Moon Festival and Quincy Asian New Year Celebration. Melanie lost her brief battle with cancer in 2013, however her efforts to support Scott professionally and personally still live on. They met during a busy time in Scott’s race driving career when he was transitioning from professional power boat racing to auto racing. They embraced racing together. Scott proposed marriage at one of the race team Christmas parties and they planned the wedding around the race schedule, delaying the honeymoon a week due to a race. They were a team in every sense, as she joined him on pit lane during practice or in the scoring tower during races.
Scott and Melanie both dreamed of creating an organization that would be able to provide a real racing experience to physically and emotionally challenged children. When the team moved to the NASCAR BUSCH North Series, they seized the opportunity. With the help of industry suppliers and a devoted team, the Dream Car Foundation was introduced in 1993. The #18 NASCAR BUSCH Grand National North Series replica of Scott’s actual #18 NASCAR BUSCH Grand National North Series competition car made its debut, complete with a custom passenger door and a seat that swiveled out so that a child could be placed in the car. For several years the Dream Car Foundation fulfilled the dreams of boys and girls around New England by providing a full day at the track as a real team member highlighted by a solo ride (with all the NASCAR safety features in place) in the Dream Car driven by Scott.
In 1995, Scott and Melanie moved to Easton, MA. They purchase the oldest house in the town, the 1717 Josiah Keith House. He described the project as a real “love-hate relationship”, restoring the property with historical accuracy into a home both warm and educational. This love of history bridged into Melanie being elected to the Easton Historical Commission and tirelessly working to preserve historically important buildings in Easton. During their eighteen years together they raised three girls, enthusiastically and tirelessly supporting all their school and outside activities. There were years of dance recitals, and thousands of miles in support of participation in the American Powerboat Racing Association New England, South Shore Outboard Association and Northeast Junior Hydroplane Racing Championships. He personally built several of the hydroplanes the girls raced and put a go-kart track to race in their backyard. Scott was a professional ski instructor and shared his love of skiing with his girls. Although Melanie did not ski, neither one missed a competition or event and were proud of their girls’ successes in Ski Racing and becoming “Junior Ski Instructors”. He was proud as all three of his girls earned trophies in endless competitions. There was nothing he would not do in support of his three daughters. Scott also played as an ice hockey goalie most of his young life and was a goalie coach for the Providence College Women’s Hockey Team in the late 1970’s-early 1980s. His goalie career culminated when he played semi-professional ice hockey participating in many charity hockey games with NHL “Old Timers” and Hall of Fame players.
A former champion powerboat and auto racer, Scott won his first professional race at the age of seventeen. By the age of twenty he was already an international champion and racing veteran. During his racing career Scott won five US National Championships and one in Canada, over fifty races on the water and several championships and over twenty races on dry land. During this time, he raced with organizations including NASCAR, Grand American Road Racing Association (Rolex Series), Sports Car Club of America, International Formula One Powerboat Association, International Outboard Grand Prix, FONDA, and the American Powerboat Association. In addition to his race driving, Scott worked in the creation, administration, and activation of national and international events in powerboat and auto racing. A businessman and entrepreneur, Scott was involved in the creation and development business and marketing concepts and sports related ventures for over thirty years. He was a visionary with the skill to recognize unique opportunities in business markets, brand development, marketing and event creation, and marketing activation. His unique perspective on business and marketing led to the planning and initiating of business ventures including; technology R&D, manufacturing, digital multi-media marketing, race teams, transportation, motor sports training and entertainment simulators, and target marketing event creation and sales.
Previous accomplishments include Principal Member DRG, LLC (Racing), a race team created to assist in the development of stock car race car drivers. DRG provided testing and development programs in the ARCA Series, NASCAR K&N East Series, and NASCAR Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series. Founding Partner, KSG Innovations, LLC, a product and IP development, manufacturing and IP holding company specializing in industrial and commercial coatings. F1 Champ Boat, Charlotte NC - Marketing, site evaluation and technical consultant to the F1 Champ Boat racing Series. Motorsports Team Consultant for several sports marketing companies and motorsports teams in NASCAR, IndyCar, Rolex Series, and other racing series. Managing Partner, North Racing, LLC, A North Carolina based company established to assist in the merger, and creation of a new brand identity of two of Ford Motorsports top NASCAR teams into the Wood Brothers / JTG Race Team. A Founding Partner, Alternative Revenue Concepts, a worksite marketing company based in Columbus GA, ARC specialized in marketing and creating qualified, large employer client leads for AFLAC. President, Boston Motorsports Group, an Indianapolis IN based marketing/activation and racing team competing on the Grand-AM Rolex Racing Series representing the specialty car manufacturer Mosler. Founding Partner, Mystic New Media, Portland ME based company specializing in multimedia marketing. President, Triple Crown Racing, a Boston, Massachusetts based racing team competing on the former NASCAR BUSCH Grand National North Series. Owner, Triple Crown Trailers, a Boston based company specializing in custom trailers for motorsports, the trades, and the entertainment /hospitality industry. Scott was a 28 year member of Rural Masonic Lodge, member of Delta Lodge, Past Patron of Wollaston Eastern Star, member of St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Quincy. He was a member of Kiwanis International, Wollaston Council United Commercial Travelers, Taleb Grotto of Quincy, and Massachusetts Lodge #1 IOFF.
Scott was a tireless supporter of many organizations and has founded and chaired organizations including: the Mary Martha Residential Learning Center (co-founder), Shriner’s Burns Hospitals, The Dream Car Foundation, The Esther Sanger Center for Compassion, The Quincy Crisis Center (past President), The Way Up Youth Program, The Committee for Immigrants and Refugees, and other organizations focused on helping children and those in need. Scott passed away at home, surrounded by family. Just several days before he was with family and friends coming and going. He said he wanted a celebration of this incredible life. Later at night he sat where he loved, around the backyard firepit, while telling stories, laughing, singing along with old classic rock songs and lighting off fireworks. Scott is predeceased by his wife Melanie Jane (Lyons) Deware, and his parents the late Donald M. Deware and the late Mary E. Deware. He is survived by his children, Lily, Bethany, and Eden. Scott is the brother of Captain Jacklyn Dewar Gallagher, USN, Retired, her husband Captain Paul C. Gallagher, USN, Retired of Florida and nephew Chandler Scott. Son in law of John (Jack) and Charlotte Lyons of CT; Brother in law of Michael Lyons, his wife Cheryl, Nicholas and Marisa of SC; Jay Lyons, his wife Charlene, Anthony and Jason; Erik Lyons, his wife Pamela, Brayden and Selby of CT, Patrick Lyons, Jack and Gracie of NH.
Celebration of life for Scott Deware
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Mr. D. Scott Deware
October 1, 2020
Jackie, Lily, Bethany and Eden,
Bob and I have known the Deware Family for many years, starting with being members of Rainbow Girls, Order of Eastern Star and the Masonic Organization. Over 30 years ago Scott offered me a job at the Deware Funeral Home and shortly after Bob also joined. We are still there.
Needless to say we feel as part of the family in so many ways. Scotts’ passing leaves us with an emptiness and much sorrow. Our prayers and condolences are with the family we have known for so many years.
Elaine and Bob Caliri
September 25, 2020
I can’t imagine what each of you must be feeling at this time. Scotty was a good man, father, husband, brother and he will be greatly missed. I am honored and blessed to have known Scotty and he will forever be in my thoughts. I send my heartfelt prayers and love to you Lily, Bethany, Eden and my dear friend Jacklyn. May Scotty Rest In Peace with his lovely wife Melanie and his Mother and Father in Heaven.
Love to you all,
Cathy, Alex and Olivia Weiss/Habig
September 13, 2020
All our love to the girls. We are always here for you. Xxxxxxx
September 11, 2020
I had the pleasure of racing with Scott in the NASCAR Busch North Series. He was always smiling and he and Melanie were well liked and respected for all the extra things they did to promote the sport of auto racing! Most of us were there to race ,but they were there for so many more reasons. I always liked and respected both of them. Thoughts and prayers to their children and family. Sincerely, Andy and Sue Santerre
PABLO RIOS YANES
September 10, 2020
Go, my friend, and race your best race!
Thank you and your family for the memories.
September 9, 2020
Jackie, Lily, Bethany and Eden, our families go back many, many years through St Chrysostom’s church, Masons, and Rainbow.
I will always remember Scott as being a bigger than life personality. The 200 watt Deware smile, his big heart, his friendship, his ability to make things easier for Wade and Muriel’s passing.
May he Rest In Peace with Melanie. My deepest condolences to you all.
Deborah, Donna & Marsha Deware
September 9, 2020
Lily, Bethany, Eden and Jackie - we are so heartbroken for you all at the loss of your father, brother and our cousin Scott. May you find solace in remembering all the wonderful years spent with Scott and all the fond memories shared by his many friends throughout his career in the funeral business, boat, car and ski racing field.
September 9, 2020
Dear Deware family,
So sorry to learn of Scott's passing. I am sad.
He was a fine man. Smart, street savvy and a great coach to me and my growing sea burial business. We worked together for almost 10 years.
His love for his girls, their achievements and plans always made his eyes sparkle.
Scott was strong, brave and courageous--never once did I hear him complain as he always looked at the glass being half full.
The world is a better place because of him
Sail on Scott, sail on...
Capt. Brad White
Stephen J Michael
September 7, 2020
As a professional racing broadcaster “Scottie D” was always one of my favorite interviews with his great positive attitude and his worldwide smile when a microphone was in his face...Our many trips to Pittsburgh and even to Rotterdam will be long remembered in my racing resume of memories.
Having spoken with him three weeks ago I loved his positivity and concern for his daughters even knowing his time was short. He was always thinking of others rather than himself...And as my long lost friend Mark Foley stated earlier...”See you at the finish line Brotha” and Rest In Peace.
September 1, 2020
I am going to miss you, my dear friend, confidant, and almost brother! You were always there for me. Racing and some crazy all-nighters getting those videos done!
See you on Victory Lane.
Fr. Richard Murphy
August 31, 2020
Scott was a wonderful human being. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers are with all his family. May his soul rest in peace and rise in the presence of God's glory.
August 30, 2020
Lily, Bethany, Eden, and Jackie...my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Memories of Scott include Masonic functions, the end of MASH party, driving to Maryland towing the boat to the Choptank river for a race. Scott got out for the first test run and the motor blew up so he couldn't race. He decided that if he couldn't race, then we were driving back home!
So happy that I was able to get together with Scott for lunch last year.
You will be missed my friend, and always have a place in my heart. ❤