As ANN reported to you, (sadly) on Friday, a true friend to
sport aviation, Scott Wilcox, lost his life after an illness. His
extended family at Ultralight Flying magazine alerted us to
their own remembrance of Scott, reproduced below and with the
greatest of respect and fondness for a fella who was, without a
doubt, 'one of the good guys.'
On Wednesday, May 17, 2006, Ultralight Flying! magazine
Editor-in-chief Scott Wilcox, 45, passed away after battling a
variety of health issues. While those are the facts of Scott's
death, it's more comforting to remember the person he was.
Scott was fun to be with, his wit, sense of humor and gift of
mimicry winning him many laughs and friends. He enjoyed playing
golf, gloating when he outplayed his friends and moaning when he
didn't. The fishing and camping trips he and his buds went on
became legendary in the retelling; their annual trips to the Indy
500 were some of Scott's bachelor days highlights. Because he loved
music, plinking on his guitar and keeping tabs on favorite bands
and music festivals were ongoing passions.
Scott also loved animals and was great with children, which was
good, because he became a stepfather in 1993 when he got married,
turning his bachelor world upside down. And every December he
became "Mr. Christmas," lavishing gifts on his family, sending out
Christmas cards and playing classic Christmas selections at work
such as Mel Torme and Andy Williams until some his coworkers
threatened to burn the tapes.
Probably Scott's greatest satisfaction in life came from his
position at Ultralight Flying! magazine, where he worked for more
than 22 years. His recall of facts about ultralights, people and
events was phenomenal, and the friendships he developed over the
years were deep.
Scott is missed. His life will be remembered fondly, with
laughter and tears. Ultralight Flying! magazine will go on, as it
has for 31 years Scott would have wanted that with
continuing coverage of ultralights and the emerging world of light
sport aircraft. Publisher and magazine founder, Tracy Knauss, who
recognized Scott's many contributions over the years, has promoted
Sharon Wilcox to the top editorial position of Editor-in-Chief.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday morning, May 24 at 10
a.m. at Harrison Bay State Park by Tennessee's Chickamauga Lake,
where Scott spent so many hours fishing, swimming and boating.