Scott Wyatt Lea, 64, passed away suddenly Sunday morning July 12, 2020 after a short but valiant battle with cancer at his home in Gilbert, Arizona. Scott was born November 11, 1955 to James and Jean (Reid) Lea in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the old...
Scott Wyatt Lea, 64, passed away suddenly Sunday morning July 12, 2020 after a short but valiant battle with cancer at his home in Gilbert, Arizona. Scott was born November 11, 1955 to James and Jean (Reid) Lea in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the oldest of three children. Scott met his wife of 36 years, Beverly (Ray), and they were married in Maryland in 1984.
He received his degree in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of Maryland in 1977 and although his career was almost entirely dedicated to furniture, he liked to share his knowledge of chemistry with everyone.
He began his long career in the furniture industry at Levitz Furniture in Rockville, MD in 1978. He left Levitz in 2003 and worked with JRM Sales and Management and Target before retiring as an Operations Manager with La-Z-Boy in Ontario, California. Shortly after his retirement Scott and Beverly moved to Gilbert, Arizona to be closer to their son James and his family.
During his working years he always made sure to take time from his busy schedule to take his family on fun vacations. His son’s favorite trips included vacations to Walt Disney World and New York City.
Throughout his childhood he was an avid soccer player and eventually became a soccer coach in his spare time, even coaching his son’s soccer teams. His son Steve went on to play high school football and his son Jim played high school lacrosse. Scott was involved in both teams as a team parent and made sure he was one of the loudest in the stands, often to the nuisance of those fans around him.
He loved dogs and was a dog owner for almost all of his life. Whenever he would dog-sit his grandpup Maggie, he made sure to have a slice of baloney in his pocket to share with her.
He enjoyed chess, trains, movies, and watching football with his sons. His favorite football team was the Washington Redskins, who ironically announced they were changing their team name mere hours after Scott’s passing. He won’t mind what they change their name to, as long as they continue to beat the Eagles and the Cowboys.
Scott is survived by his wife, Beverly; son James (and his wife Syerra); grandchildren Scott, Charlotte, and Cameron Lea; sister Janet Crocker; niece Jennifer Crocker; nephews Chris Crocker and Chris Harrison, and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Jean Lea, his younger brother Craig Lea, and Scott’s beloved second son Steven Lea.
Funeral Service for Scott W Lea
Time: Jul 26, 2020 11:00 AM Arizona
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To my big brother how many fond memories of our upbringing. You looked after me, and then became a real pain. We went through a lot and I never really pictured you gone. Thank you for everything! I will miss you! I didnt know how to show you but I love you and will miss you til the end of my time.
I first met Scott Lea, when he joined the Levitz, organization in 1978. We worked in the same store shoulder to shoulder for more than 15 years. Over that time we both grew in the company and moved on with our lives and careers in different parts of the country. However that was not the end of our friendship. I am happy to say that it lasted over 41 years until Scott’s passing last week. Scott was a gentleman, a good friend, and probably one of the smartest men I ever knew. He was extremely caring and back in the early days before Beverly came along, he worked many evenings for me so I could be home with my Young family. Beverly came to work for us several years later, and after a short while I began to realize that Scott wasn’t offering to work for me any longer. He wasn’t saying a word, except that he was busy, but I could see that something was different. I did some investigating and realized that Scott Lee and Beverly Ray worked the same evenings and we’re off the same evenings. After putting two and two together I realized what was going on and was happy to work evenings knowing that my pal and good friend had found the love of his life. The only sad part of the whole thing was that on their wedding day I had to work the store as I was the only one left. As I said before we remained good friends for years, and although the miles separated us every time we had the opportunity to talk on the phone we picked up right where we had left off. That in my mind is a real example of a true friendship. They are many people out there who knew and loved Scott and I’m glad that I was one of them. Scott was a force to be reckoned but always had my back. He always remained one of the truest friends I’ve ever had. I miss you Scott, I will miss those calls and promise to keep up with Beverly to make sure she is ok. Jim, although we have never really met, it’s like I know you, through your dad and I’m sure you know what a great guy your dad was in every way. God bless you Scott and while you’re up there in heaven keep an eye on us. You know it’s always good to have a true and good friend in the “Corporate Office”.
I met Scott 22 years ago when he hired me to work for him at Levitz in South Florida. We seemed to connect right from the start, his energy and enthusiasm were contagious...though, at the time I had no idea the impact he was going to have on me.
A short time (like 6 weeks short), Levitz announced it was closing and leaving the Florida Market- I followed Scott to Arizona to work with him there. His thoughtful and caring approach to leading made him easy to follow- I tried to soak up as much as he would "spill out"...we worked together for the next few years (4 in total), but I can still hear him sharing a story about the family, or past experiences. It was hard not to enjoy yourself when spending time with Scott- he was always quick with a joke or a great analogy.
We remained friends from that point on- he was and will always be my mentor, the big brother I never had, but even more importantly, a man that I looked up to, admired and respected.
My deepest condolences to Beverly, Jim and all of Scott's family, I know how much he loved them all and I know he will be missed; may Scott rest in peace.
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