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Scovil R. Lee


Scovil R.  Lee
Scovil Raymond Lee was born in his parents home at the foot of the east hill in Beaufort, NB, to the late Joseph and Alice (Searles) Lee on March 20, 1927. On Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the age of ninety, he died at home in Juniper, NB, only a few miles from where he was born. During his life, however, he traveled widely throughout Canada and the USA, visiting historic landmarks, national parks, and museums where anyone who happened to engage him in conversation might be surprised to discover that the unimposing gentleman next to them knew more about the history and points of interest of each attraction than either the guides or the guidebooks.

Although his mother was a schoolteacher, Scovil definitely did not like going to school and, one day when he was only 12 years old, he dug in his heels and flatly refused to go. Instead, he followed his father to the woods he loved, and began the career as a woodsman that lasted throughout his life. His dislike of going to school did not reflect any dislike of education. He thought other people, particularly his younger brother Joey, should most definitely go to school, and his persistent and sometimes coercive efforts to that end resulted in Joey's graduation from high school.
Scovil enlisted in the army during WWII and was sent to Trenton, Ontario for basic training, but before he could be shipped overseas, the war ended and he was shipped back to Beaufort, instead, and there he stayed. There, he and his cousin Earl began a business partnership which would grow and flourish for many years. He was well read, articulate and sharply intelligent, had a fine memory for detail and was an excellent businessman.

But he will be remembered by his family for his playfulness, his off-beat sense of humour, his delight at all things ridiculous, his love for his dogs, his silly laugh. He will be remembered as the one who showed up on Christmas eve with outrageous gifts for young nephews and neices, the one who took carloads of kids to the dairy bar and let them order whatever they wanted, who arrived on Friday nights with icecream and let us have all we could eat, the one who gathered us up and took us for long rambling drives through the woods he loved so much... the one who never fished because he wouldn't even kill a worm.
Scovil is survived by 1 sister, Patricia Glass; 1 brother, Joseph Lee (Marie); 7 nieces and nephews, Wanda MacFarlane, Blair Glass, Joan Tremblay, Robert Glass, Joseph Lee, Billy Lee and Christopher Lee as well as several great nieces and great nephews.

Visitation will be held from L.R. Giberson Funeral Directors, 207 Burnham Rd. Florenceville-Bristol on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 12-2pm. A funeral service will follow at 2pm from the L.R. Giberson Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Canon Jon Lownds will officiate. The interment will be in Christ Anglican Cemetery, Glassville at a later date. Donations made to Christ Anglican Cemetery or DunRoamin would be appreciated. (506) 392-1115

Service Date
Monday, January 15, 2018