PRICE, Harcourt Scott
December 22, 2023

Scott Price

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Scott Price, an esteemed pilot, a cherished family man, and a beloved friend to many. Scott departed on December 22, 2023, at the age of 92, leaving behind a legacy of extraordinary achievements and a life rich in adventure and camaraderie.

Born in 1931 in Quebec City, Scott’s early life was marked by his education at Ashbury College and Royal Roads Military College, laying the foundation for a remarkable career. He proudly served in the RCAF, where he distinguished himself as one of the pioneering Canadian pilots during the advent of the jet era.

In a career spanning 37 years with Air Canada, Scott was not just a pilot; he was a storyteller and a friend, his life an anthology of unforgettable tales and enduring friendships. His professionalism in the air was matched only by his passion for life on the ground.

Beyond the runways, Scott was a versatile and skilled craftsman. His love for mechanics shone in his meticulous restoration of classic cars and his skillful tuning of racing engines, a passion he shared with fellow members of the RPM Club. At the yacht club, Scott was a fixture of wisdom and mirth, known for his tales of the Lower St. Lawrence and the Saguenay and for his ever-willing hand to assist others.

Scott’s presence was a source of strength and joy in various gatherings, from tennis matches to yacht club meetings, to reunions with his colleagues from Air Canada. He infused each occasion with laughter, warmth, and an unbreakable spirit of togetherness.

Above all, Scott cherished his role as a family man. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Toni, he leaves behind a loving legacy with his children Andrew, Laurie, and Bryan, and his grandchildren Oscar, Lucas, Spencer, and Jasper. To them, he was more than a grandfather – he was a guiding light, a mentor, and an inspiring hero.

A celebration of Scott’s remarkable life will be held this spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, a cause dear to his heart.

We express our deepest gratitude for the overwhelming love and support during this time. Scott’s journey may have reached its twilight, but the essence of his life – the stories, the wisdom, and the unwavering love – will forever soar high in our hearts. Fly high, Scott, until the day we reunite.

15 responses

  1. Warren Wallace

    January 7, 2024 at 12:22 pm

    I flew with Scott many times as his F/O. One time, when I was new, he left me fly from the left seat CDG-YUL. Maybe one of my most memorable flights. Scott was a true gentleman, one of the good guys!

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  2. Tom Fraser

    January 7, 2024 at 12:43 pm

    I had the honor to fly the DC8 with him. A wonderful Commander and Gentleman. Remembered with great fondness.

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  3. Benoit Gauthier

    January 7, 2024 at 12:52 pm

    One of the greatest optimist I had the immense pleasure to have known since 1975…A genuine gentleman..

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  4. Mike Higgins

    January 7, 2024 at 12:58 pm

    I was with Scott ferrying an 8 from YUL to Mirabel, 8 miles back on final there was a 40kt tailwind, at the marker a 30kt crosswind from the north, on the ground a20kt crosswind from the south! I was holding on for dear life… Scott was laughing all the way down!

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  5. Iain Edghill

    January 7, 2024 at 1:27 pm

    Scott was my instructor when I checked out on the DC-8 as a First Officer. It was my most enjoyable and memorable course at Air Canada. Scott was the consummate gentleman, and one of the finest commanders itwas ever my honour and privilege to fly with. He was the Paragon to which many of us young Air Canada pilots aspired. To paraphrase the Remembrance Day Soliloquy, “He shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old; age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn; at the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember him.” Rest in peace, Skipper, and rise in glory!

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  6. Jean Valade

    January 7, 2024 at 7:32 pm

    I count myself privileged to have known and flown alongside such a fine gentleman and leader. He always brought out the best out of you and he inspired me immensely.

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  7. William A. MacKenzie

    January 8, 2024 at 7:52 am

    Remember Scott Thinking of his family at this time

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  8. Kent Wilson

    January 8, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    I remember laughing a lot with a great guy on the DC8….he always pointed out when flying over Tadoussac on the great Saguenay river, weather permitting or
    not.

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  9. Doug Seagrim

    January 8, 2024 at 1:14 pm

    One of the things Scott was famous for was letting the Second Officer fly, a no-no at the time. He had the talent and confidence to override that rule much to the benefit of those who were able to experience it. It made for better and happier crews.

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  10. Lois North, widow of Capt. Ernie North

    January 9, 2024 at 1:44 pm

    Scott and Toni were dear friends of ours when we were based in YUL. We had many great times together. Scott was our daughter September’s godfather. I cherish those memories. My condolence to Scott’s family. He was a true gentleman.

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  11. Allan Snowie

    January 9, 2024 at 7:29 pm

    Honoured to have flown as Scott’s first officer on the Lockheed. He exuded Crew Resource Management before the term CRM was ever thought up. Best memories of the last L1011-500 flight to Bombay.

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  12. Susan Orr-Mongeau

    January 10, 2024 at 4:06 pm

    I don’t think I would have played tennis at the Royal without his warm and friendly encouragement. A wonderful man, with such a great smile, so glad to have known him.

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  13. Gerry McGee

    January 13, 2024 at 11:10 am

    I met Scott at the RStLYC. Sharon, my wife, and I were racing our C&C 29 with Bryan as one of our crew . One day Bryan advised that her was moving to Vancouver and must quit the team. I advised that he needed to get us a replacement. Bryan presented his dad,Scott, as his replacement. It was a fortunate dY for us. It was such a pleasure to have him on our crew. He was always happy and full of life. On windward beats, he would sit on the rail with the others and entertain them with stories of flying and sailing adventures. He did retire from our crew years later but did sent his son Andrew as replacement. We continued to be friends . Sharon and I will miss this amazing gentleman . We have all
    Lost one of the great ones. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.

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  14. Todd Landry

    January 13, 2024 at 8:48 pm

    A sad moment for Family, Friends and Aviators; and then a smile, a recollection and a warmth of heart to have been blessed to have known and flown with such a fine gentleman and mentor.

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  15. Capt.Rick Horton

    January 17, 2024 at 11:33 am

    Scott was my mentor when I was a new first officer on the DC8 . He made flying so much fun that even all night freighters were an enjoyable experience ! We laughed our way around the world. He was a joy to be with & fly beside. Toni & Scott took me under their wing as a newly arrived bachelor from Vancouver & it was always great place to stop in for a beer or supper. He will always be remembered & never be forgotten by those who ever crossed paths with him . To all of Scott’s loved ones – he was the epitome of a gentleman and a pilot – he will never be forgotten. Sincerely, Rick Horton

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