Scott Whitehead, accomplished web developer, cyclist, and friend to all cats, died on Sunday, August 30th. He was 39.
Scott’s extraordinary social aptitude – paired with his love of technology and design – led him to help organize web design conferences all over the world and become exceptionally well-traveled. He was proud to show leaders in his industry his home country when he coordinated SmashingConf Whistler. Scott continued to moderate sessions on front-end, UX, design and all things tech-related.
Scott was the Vice President of the Whitehead Foundation of Western Manitoba.
You could usually find Scott riding his bike, and a gleeful ding of his bell could always be heard as he approached home each day.
He was the person everyone knew at the pub. Scott would make friends, chat and bring people together – always happy to share a story, talk shop, or bend your ear about his latest escapades or future travel plans.
And, if you texted Scott to see if he wanted to get together, “See you in 20 min,” would be a standard response – something that becomes all too rare, but much more important, as friends age and drift along with their own lives.
Scott had an incredible talent for jazz drumming.
He couldn’t pass by a piano without playing the intro to ‘Right Here Waiting’ by Richard Marx. This is a well-known fact.
He loved to take care of, play with (and often pester) cats – his spirit animal.
Scott would lend a helping hand however he could, and he could fix whatever ailed your Mac in minutes or sometimes seconds.
He was an avid audiophile who enjoyed playing DJ and sharing his passion for music.
And, he loved discovering new places, taking the road less traveled, and finding those off-the-beaten-path gems that others would never even think to explore.
He appreciated the wonderful and the weird.
He was a tall, handsome, well-dressed and impeccably groomed gent. You couldn’t help but think he was going places and no town or city would be big enough to contain his ambition or potential.
Scott’s spirit and memory will be carried on by his loving partner Andrea McDougald, his parents Murray Whitehead (Darlene Wilk), Linda Whitehead (Murray Smith), his uncle Don Parent (Norma Terrick), his brother Kyle Whitehead (Amie), stepsister Erika Tkachuk (Neil), stepbrother Alexander Wilk (Alysa), nieces Aurora Ouzts, Celia Whitehead, Trulie Whitehead and nephew Lachlan Whitehead, and an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life.
Scott was predeceased by his grandparents Richard and Geraldine Parent, Joe Whitehead and William and Henriette McGill.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a large gathering will not be held at this time. Scott will be laid to rest in Brandon, MB. Scott had a lust for life and enough stories to fill multiple lifetimes. We encourage all to raise a pint in Scott’s honour and revel in the stories he can no longer tell.
Immerse your soul in love.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or Brandon Humane Society.