John R. Scott, 70, of Oak Park, died in his sleep on Nov. 17, 2022. Raised in Chicago and Harwood Heights, he graduated from Maine South High School, attended Northwestern and the University of Illinois, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He pursued an actuarial career and worked in that role for the next 40 years.

Photography was a great passion and he delighted many with the memorable family moments and compelling scenes he captured. He enthusiastically followed the Blackhawks, Bears, White Sox, and Bulls, sometimes traveling to an opponent’s stadium to watch their games and also followed his alma mater’s football and basketball games.

He had the opportunity to take courtside shots in a former women’s basketball league, the WBL, and one of his photos graced a women’s sports magazine cover. He was known for his easy-going personality and sense of humor. At work, he circulated David Letterman-style Top Ten lists for departing employees.

In his retirement, he discovered another passion — in the camaraderie and fun of the Oak Park pickleball community. He is remembered as a player who was kind and encouraging to players at all skill levels, and he would often play five or six days a week. After a morning of pickleball, he exercised his mind by watching Jeopardy each day.

He will be greatly missed by his siblings, Walt, Diane (Tom), and Joe (Joanne); his former spouse, Maureen (Frank); his nieces Cheryl (Justin), Jenna (Mark), Katie (Kaleb), Allison, and nephew Byron (Colleen); along with Lily (Steven) and Frank III (Alissa), Briana and Janelle, to whom he was a most devoted “Godfadda.”

Visitation services are at the Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, 10501 W. Cermak Road, Westchester, on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service starts at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Misericordia.

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