Angus E. “Scotty” McPhail

Vero Beach, Fla. — Angus E. “Scotty” McPhail, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Palm Gardens Rehab Hospital, in Vero Beach. Scotty, the oldest of five children, was born Nov. 19, 1915, in Harrison’s Corners, Ontario, Canada. His family emigrated to the United States when he was a boy and settled in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

It was in Saranac Lake that he met and married Joan Hathaway, his wife of 53 years.

Joan predeceased him in 1993.

Joan and Scotty made their home in Elizabethtown, N.Y., where they raised their three children.

He is survived by his sister, Margaret DeLeon, of Winter Park, Fla.; son, Bruce McPhail (Regina), of Lewis, N.Y.; daughter, Kathy Lindstadt (Lou), of Vero Beach; and son, Scott McPhail, of Vero Beach. Scotty is also survived by nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and his loyal and faithful little poodle companion,

Nikki, who never left his side.

Scotty served his country during WWII. After enlisting and basic training he was assigned to Coastal Gunnery and sent to Ft. Stewart, Ga. He was reclassified to Armor sometime later. His combat time was spent with Patton’s 3rd Army as part of a Tank Destroyer Unit. He took part in Patton’s “March to the Rhine” and was part of the relief of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he owned and operated a service station for many years. He served his community with many years of loyal service on the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Board. He was also a board member for the Elizabethtown Social Center, a facility that serves all ages in learning functions, recreation and sporting activities.

Scotty was a lifetime member of The American Legion and The VFW. He was a Kiwanian and a member of the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown.

His great loves were his family, his friends, and his beautiful Adirondack Mountains.

A memorial service and celebration of his life is being planned to take place 1 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at The United Church of Christ in Lewis, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804.

Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach.

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