Charles Neill Scott

It is with great sorrow that our family announces the sudden passing of Charles Neill Scott Jr., on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at his home in Houston, TX.

Charlie lived a full life, rich with adventure, friends, family, and accomplishments. He prided himself on his work ethic and his ability to achieve success through passion, perseverance, and dedication. Though he was born in Pennsylvania, he spent most of his childhood in a small town in West Virginia and later established his home in the Washington, DC area.  For nearly 50 years, he rose through the ranks of multiple companies in Northern Virginia in his career as a utilities locator.  Upon retiring, he moved to Houston, TX to be closer to his beloved family, and began a second career at Space Center Houston. He was revered for his knowledge of space, and his good-humored personality entertained guests of all ages for many years.

Charlie had the utmost respect for nature and was always most at peace among forests, mountains, and rivers. He felt most at home in his infamous canoe and felt much pride and joy from sharing this love of the great outdoors with family and friends.

Charlie touched the lives of many with his spirited laughter and infectious sense of humor. He always brought tremendous joy to all those around him and gave everyone his unwavering support. He was able to enjoy the simple things in life and taught others to do the same. Everyone who knew Charlie knew him to be his truly authentic self in every scenario. He may have been a man of few words, but he inspired many through his constant devotion to doing what was right and treating everyone with the utmost respect and dignity.

Charlie is survived by his adoring children, Rachel and Colin Scott, and his beloved sister Claire Bonasso. His devotion to his family endeared him to those who remain: brother-in-law to Peter Bonasso; uncle to Laurie, Scott, Marc, Emily, and Kyle; a cherished great-uncle to Amber and eight others, and the object of deep affection and admiration to his extended family and countless friends.

Charlie Scott was treasured by so many and he will be greatly missed.




  1. This is a sad time but also a time of celebration. Celebrating ones losses help to cope with the loss and give purpose to the departed and their accomplishments. Charlie and I have many memories that will not die. Some will stand out as life experiences that contained learning new things, spending friend time and laughing until our sides ached. Charlie hated soccer and as a high school coach I finally got him to go to a state final match with me. He was actually entertained and excited at what he saw. I am honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of Charlies life. Especially to know his two wonderful children Rachel and Colin. Rest in Peace my Friend. Until we meet again.

    Chuck LaPorte
  2. Charlie was by far the most generous spirit I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. During our time together at Space Center Houston, he always had a kind word and a positive attitude. He was never too busy to make someone’s day better.

    The world is infinitely the poorer for his absence.
    Rest well, my friend. Until our paths cross again.

    Kevin Sharp
  3. Charlie was my best friend when we were growing up in West Virginia. We spent countless hours small game hunting, exploring and learning about life. Condolences to his family. I know his memory will be cherished by many.

    Steve Ferendo
  4. I am so sorry to hear about Charlie’s passing. He and Claire have been very good friends of ours for over fifty years. He could always make us laugh with a funny comment or story. He was such a good guy, and I know he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Condolences and love to all of the family.

    Charter and Stephanie Stinespring
  5. Only heard of Charlie’s death a few days ago. He and I were close friends especially during our “tween’ years and I have so many memories–playing little league baseball (he was the 2nd baseman, I played 1st base)…many sleepovers at his house, my house, and Scott’s cabin at the Lake…the neighborhood kids getting together in his and Claire’s backyard to dance to records played on the portable record player on the back porch…just generally hanging out, talking, laughing, playing, doing the things that buddies do at that age. It gladdens me to recall those good times, but saddens me to know that Charlie is now gone. We lost touch over the years, as happens all too often, but I never forgot and never will forget the value of his friendship.

    Jeffrey Hall

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