SUNDAY POST columnist and former Chief Football Writer, Ron Scott, passed away in Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital yesterday after a short illness.
He was 70.
Ron, who retired in 2012 after nearly 50 years with DC Thomson, is survived by his wife Wendy, daughter Susan, son-in-law Gordon and his brother Bruce.
A number of tributes have been paid to our former colleague.
Everyone at Dundee FC was saddened to hear that Legendary Sunday Post reporter Ron Scott passed away yesterday in hospital after a short illness.
Ron is pictured here interviewing Bobby Seith at the Dundee FC 120th Anniversary Dinner. pic.twitter.com/nOz8OSlkAo
— Dundee Football Club (@DundeeFC) May 6, 2018
Archie Macpherson wrote on his Facebook page: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of a dear old friend Ron Scott.
“I was privileged to have his hugely enjoyable company in different parts of the world as we pursued the Scottish football dream and at the same time made substantial investments in the Scotch whisky industry!
Very sad news. A man respected and trusted by footballers past and present. Fantastic company, always greeted you with a smile on his face. Without fail he would have any company laughing within minutes with his never ending football stories. RIP Ron, thoughts with his family. https://t.co/MWLJTiY117
— PFA Scotland (@PFAScotland) May 6, 2018
Ron lit up the press box at Tannadice with his personality, professionalism and pride for his job for many many years and will be sadly missed by everyone at United. https://t.co/KaqWmOocPb
— Dundee United FC (@dundeeunitedfc) May 6, 2018
“He was simply good to be around when, as too often, fate was dealing Scottish football a bad hand.
“Humour was instilled in his personality in a way which infected all of us. I’ll miss his companionship and banter. My thoughts are now with his family.”
Sad news. A lovely,funny and thoughtful old school football man. RIP Ronnie. https://t.co/eewMihBSyT
— Dougie Donnelly (@dougiedonnelly) May 6, 2018
Sad to read this. Was 17 when I started at The Sunday Post and Ronnie was always really helpful. Remember being amazed at how quickly and skilfully he could file a match report over the phone. https://t.co/KHZrDOvmTr
— Kenny Millar (@Kenny_Millar) May 6, 2018
Will miss the encouragement, help, friendship, phone calls, laughs, stories and company of the legendary Ron Scott. One of the very best.
— Ian Roache (@C_IRoache) May 6, 2018
Jim Spence tweeted: “The city of Dundee has lost two giants of journalism in recent times. Dick Donnelly and now big Ron Scott. You don’t get many of those boys to the pound.”
Just reading about Ron Scott’s passing. Those of us who grew up down south had his words in the Sunday Post every week to hang on for the football.
— Timboandthejetset (@baldyspeccy) May 6, 2018
Ron’s final column appeared in today’s Post Match with the express wishes of his family.
I was really, really sad to hear this news.
Not all of the old school hacks were nice to be around, especially for broadcasters.
Ron, however, was inclusive, charming, encouraging, effervescent and – given the twinkle in his eye – incorrigible.
I’ll miss you.
— David Tanner (@DavidTannerTV) May 6, 2018
Was always brand new with me back when I was marginally less clueless than I am now. Still laugh at the memory of him stroking a startled David Fernandez’s arm in a Tannadice hospitality box and saying ‘you’re looking great, son’… https://t.co/vnPxleBnlw
— Richard Winton (@richardwinton) May 6, 2018
The finest of men. A wonderful colleague and always tremendous company https://t.co/3utFa42B9I
— John McGarry (@johnmcg442) May 6, 2018
— Jane Lewis (@Jane__Lewis) May 6, 2018
Somewhat poignant in a way that Sir Alex sent Ron a video message on his “retiral”. He was that highly thought of, and all of us left behind can only envy his contacts book.
— Craig Smith (@smithythelegend) May 6, 2018
Awful news…a giant in our business in every respect and an absolute joy to have travelled with him over so many years. Thanks for the good times, Ronny. RIP https://t.co/Z1jYEW5K2Q
— David McCarthy (@dmccarthyDR) May 6, 2018
A doyen of the industry and terrific company. Legend. 🙌🏻 https://t.co/PKsLgQeSBc
— Scott McDermott (@scottmcdermott8) May 6, 2018
Really sad news. Great, great fun being with Scotty for years in the Sundays. https://t.co/m1ZZuAM0dI
— Michael Grant (@MGrantScotland) May 6, 2018
Can only echo what so many have said already about Ronnie. He was warm, friendly and full of encouragement for young journos, myself included when I was in my early 20s and working in Aberdeen. A very sad loss, thoughts with his family. https://t.co/jgIHxRRnVc
— Andrew Dickson (@mrandrewdickson) May 6, 2018
This great man offered me some sound advice when I was starting out as ‘a Sunday,’ at the News of the World and was nothing but kind and helpful down the years. Always, always tremendous company. Especially on a trip. My thoughts are with his family. https://t.co/0IMvpjMbfe
— Robert Grieve (@robert_grieve) May 6, 2018
Ron was always a most welcome visitor here, and great company at all times. Our thoughts are also with his family friends and colleagues
— Hamilton Accies FC (@acciesfc) May 6, 2018
So sorry to hear this. There was no requirement for Ron to be helpful to kids like me when I was starting out but he really was. Old school in all the best senses of that term and a gentleman. RIP https://t.co/9cL8ljRvtM
— Brendan McGinty (@brendanjmcginty) May 6, 2018
So sad to hear of Ronny’s passing he was great company an top football journalist my thoughts are with his family
— Alex Rae (@alexrae1969) May 6, 2018
So sad to hear this. Spent a fine lunch with Ronnie, picking the players of the month many moons ago. He was entertaining, charming and kind https://t.co/2R7FQMUIYu
— Dougie Vipond (@DougieVipond) May 6, 2018
Sad news. Some man for one man. A giant personality. RIP Ron https://t.co/073mK1mSbM
— Tom English (@TEnglishSport) May 6, 2018