McFarland - Scott G. McKay, age 69, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 6, 2019 after a bravely fought 18-month battle with lung cancer. He was born in Madison, WI on August 27, 1949 the son of Norman A. McKay and Eleanor L. (Grimstad) McKay. On May 29, 1983 he married Donna M. Bunde at Olbrich Gardens in Madison, WI.
Scott graduated from LaFollette High School and attended U.W. Madison where he studied acting and appeared in on campus productions. He later completed a 4-year apprenticeship in bricklaying and worked with several local construction companies. The majority of his working career was in retail sales where he was employed at American T.V., Steinhafels Furniture and Slumberland Furniture, earning many sales awards over the years. In retirement Scott worked part time and pursued his hobby of photography. He and Donna also loved traveling, especially to places where they could enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. Scott was a very dedicated member of the Monona Serenity Club and was proud to have recently earned his 30-year medallion and to have helped many others on their journey.
He is survived by his wife Donna of 36 years, brother Thomas F. McKay (Marsha), sister-in-law Susan (James) Yaeger, nieces Tammy (Mike) Tschida and Kristen McKay, grand-nephews Tyler and Christopher Tschida, grand-niece Elaina McKay and his beloved Amazon parrots Cisco & Lucy. He was preceded in death by his father Norman A. McKay, mother Eleanor L. (Grimstad) McKay, brother David J. McKay and nephew Christopher Yaeger.
A celebration of Scott's extraordinary life will be held at Olbrich Gardens on Wednesday, June 26 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. There will be a private burial at a later date.
It is suggested that memorials be made to The Ocean Conservancy, The American Cancer Society or Feathered Friends Sanctuary & Rescue in Edgerton, WI.
Special thanks to Holly Hugdahl, Scott's caregivers at Agrace Hospice and U.W. Carbone Cancer Center.
I worked with Scotty back in the late 80's. I was 19 at the time, and I thought Scotty was simply the coolest cat in the alley. He turned me onto John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Van Morrison and even Dwight Yoakam. In so doing, Scott really helped me hone my own sensibilities as an artist, as well as my own political and socio-political philosophies.
Not only was Scotty the coolest cat in the alley, he was that cat's pajamas, ascot as well his smoking jacket. The world will be a far less groovy place without his charm, wit and fiesty essence.
Scott found his peace with the Great-Out-Doors, his Higher Power, and it was a reciprocal love he shared with others frequently. As a trusted friend it is heartbreaking to loose him in this life. He had such a genuine loving kind presence, with a fantastic sense of humor, along with a spiritual ability and willingness to help others in recovery. Great memories of long conversations and growing in life with him. My sympathy to Donna, family and everyone who loved him.
Scott and I went to Frank Allis and LHS. When I spoke with him at the HS reunions he was the same person I remember from 4th grade , humble, caring and soft spoken. I will miss him.
So many fond memories. May God welcome you with open arms. May Donna & family know that you were well loved by your AA family. You will be missed, Scotty!!