Walter “Red” Scott stands on the Pedestrian Bridge that he was instrumental in bringing to Golden during his time as mayor.

Golden mourns the loss of former mayor

Walter “Red” Scott passed away on Dec. 10, leaving behind his wife, Caroline, and two daughters, Debbie and Cindy.

If you look around Golden, you can see the mark this former mayor left on the community.

Walter “Red” Scott passed away on Dec. 10, leaving behind his wife, Caroline, and two daughters, Debbie and Cindy.

Aside from a extensive family legacy, which includes six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Red was actively involved in the opening of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and the creation of Golden’s trademark Pedestrian Bridge during his terms in public office (one term an town councillor and one as mayor).

After moving to Golden in 1969, Red and Caroline had no intention of staying for long, but soon found they loved the community.

“Dad really did love it here,” said Debbie. “He couldn’t walk down the street without saying ‘hi’ to everyone… I used to wonder how so many people knew my dad, then I realized he was just saying ‘hello’ to everyone. That’s just who he was.”

Described as an especially happy person with nothing bad to say about anyone, Red was thrilled to be in public office making the community he loved better. Coming from quite humble beginnings, his time in office was the prime of his life, and he was always determined to make sure the people had their say.

People would come into the shoe store downtown, which he owned with Caroline, and talk politics all day. And there was plenty to talk about, considering two of Golden’s biggest projects occurred during his time in office; the Pedestrian Bridge and the formation of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

The latter even landed Red on the cover of the Calgary Herald right next to Mel Gibson.

His work, however, was never about the accolades. He believed in those projects, and was determined to show off just how special Golden was, and why he fell in love with it.

Red was involved in many aspects of the community, aside from politics. He curled, golfed, played softball, was a Kinsman, drove the Golden Rockets bus, and helped out wherever he could.

Ever the family man, Red would take his daughters fishing whenever he could (much to their dismay), while Caroline maintained the home.

“They were such a great balance, mom and dad,” said Cindy.

“My kids always remarked on how he was always holding mom’s hand, and how affectionate they were. They provided such an amazing example for the family.”

Red will be missed by countless members of the community for his service, dedication, and friendship. Anyone wishing to pay their respects is welcome to attend a celebration of life at the Mount 7 Rec Plex on Friday Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.