Scott Owen MacKay

January 1, 1960 - January 13, 2015
Scott Owen MacKay


Scott Owen MacKay of Carolina Beach, North Carolina loved life and especially beach living. Scott was always entertaining, often inspiring and led an impactful life touching the lives of so many.

Scott collapsed at home Thursday January 8th and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where he passed peacefully on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 surrounded by family in the presence of the beautiful, angelic therapeutic harp music of Carole Bowman Green, a certified Music Practitioner.

The family is most grateful for the close knit community of Island Women .org friends that stayed nearby holding a vigil of love and support. The outpouring of love and support by those who loved Scott has been heartwarming and overwhelming. All the officers from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety-Division of Prisons that visited and all of the amazing staff in the CCU unit of NHRMC that took such kind gentle care of him, we cannot thank you all enough.

Scott was the first New Year baby born January 1, 1960 in Highland Park, Illinois to Sylvia and Basil Walter MacKay. He came into the world to fanfare and would totally get a kick out of this incredible send off.

Scott is survived by his wife of 10 years; Shannon MacKay, his mother Sylvia MacKay, Stevens Point, WI his son Adam MacKay, Plover WI, his step sons Andrew (Jennifer) Young, New London WI, Tyler Young, New London, WI, his brothers Steven (Jan) MacKay, Palatine, IL, Timothy (Crystal) MacKay, Stevens Point, WI, Patrick (Joyce) MacKay, Plover, WI and Ronald (Angie) MacKay, Stevens Point, WI, his sister Laurie MacKay Stevens Point, WI. Scott was preceded by his father Basil Walter MacKay and his sister Victoria MacKay. Scott had 3 nephews, Zach, Eric and Canon and 2 nieces Ashley and Harmony and great nephews Isaiah and David and great nieces Michaela, Evelyn and Julia that he also loved dearly and lastly his lifetime BFF Stephanie Cook.

The real heroes are not highly paid movie stars, professional athletes or politicians in this world, they are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Scott was our hero. He made us laugh till we cried. He was always willing to lend a hand, a kind word or a sarcastic quip. He showed kindness, great depths of compassion and the ability to connect and make you feel like an old friend within minutes.

He was not in any rush to grow up and maintained his boyish charm. Scott was incorrigible and not afraid to color outside the lines or even in the same coloring book as others used.
He had a life well lived and engaged in, and loved his community and life on Pleasure Island.

He had an infectious laughter, and his chaotic distractions were contagious as he took you on unimaginable and wonderful side trips and journeys from new bizarre insights to funny and irreverent ways of looking at things or people.

Scott’s last wishes were to be an organ donor. He wanted to know that others would be helped and receive hope and a new life from any organs of his that were usable if anything happened to him. Scott will get his wish giving unselfish gifts through the North Carolina Donor Services.

Celebration of Scott’s life will be Friday, January 16 at 6 pm held in the outside tent at the Lazy Pirate, 701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach

Scott’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be given to the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the American Harp Society to further the practice of bedside Therapeutic music in the Wilmington area. Donations may be sent to ”AHS-Coastal Carolina Chapter” at the following address: AHS-Coastal Carolina chapter c/o Mrs. Lynne Boney, Treasurer at 315 S Front Street Wilmington NC 28401-4416

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  • August 23, 2022
    Dwayne Powell says:
    Hey Owen my Chicago Bear lots of love always.=)

  • January 22, 2015
    Patrick MacKay says:
    Scott... I will forever miss you. Your laughter and love will always be in my heart and mind. Every year on our birthdays I will continue to say...."Today is your Birthday!!" Love you brother

  • January 16, 2015
    Bryan Wells says:
    My sincere condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing him with us and for his service to the State of NC.

  • January 17, 2015
    brenda fischer says:
    He was a great friend. Always a pleasure to be around. So sorry for your loss.

  • January 28, 2015
    Rosonna Comers says:
    Although we never met I could tell be Shannon that she was truly feeling happy and blessed. My warmest thoughts to her and your family.