Scott Neering Mayer, 72, husband, father, grandfather and mentor, a longtime resident of Manchester Center, Vermont, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at his home in Manchester, VT, after a four-year battle with cancer. He was born in Springfield, IL to Hank and Ada Mayer on July 6, 1935.
His family moved to Vermont in 1946 and then later to New York where his father was employed on the East Delaware Aqueduct. They lived in Shavertown, NY. That became one of the towns flooded out for the Pepacton Reservoir.
Scott worked on the dam and tunnels after high school. He then started his life career as a logger that lasted for 47 years. In l965 he moved back to Vermont to reside at the top of Center Hill in Manchester Center and married his wife Christina Selo Mayer, where they raised seven children; a son, Forest and wife Eileen with two children Chelsey and Caleb; a daughter, April and husband Vincent with sons, Trevor and Matthew, daughter Veronica; and her daughter, Caitlyn; daughter Laura and husband, Joseph with two children, Mary and P.J.; daughter Sarah and husband Eric with three children, Emma, Ada and Barit; son, Jedediah and wife Mandy with two children Alden and Finley, daughter Nina and husband Erickson, with daughter Lorelai.
Scott has one brother, Eugene D. Mayer, whom he said was his lifelong best friend, with his wife Sandi Mayer who reside in Highland, NY and their son David Mayer of Olympia, WA.
Hunting, fishing and gardening were his pleasures but trapping and ginseng hunting were his passions. His income for 45 years was supplemented by the fur catchers and large ginseng finds he made.
At his request there were no calling hours or funeral. A private burial was held for his family followed by an open house at his home, 321-1 Center Hill on Saturday, June 7 for all friends to celebrate Scott’s life.
Contributions may be made in his name to the South Western Vermont Cancer Clinic, Bennington, VT.