Wolford was born on September 12, 1964.
He is preceded in
death by his mother, Carol Myers Wolford, his sister, Laura Lee Wolford, and
accompanied in death with his father, Samuel Weston Wolford. He is survived
by his sister, Sally Starr Wolford (Douglas Richie Bonthron).
Scott grew up
within the boundaries of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and near
Indiana Dunes State Park. Scott often stated that it was there that his love
for all things aquatic was born. He was most happy when living near water
and when he was in it!
He received his
bachelor’s degree in Swim Coaching from University of California,
Bakersfield, and gained a Master’s Degree while living in Florida and
working at the Florida School for Deaf and Blind.
He became a
lifelong swimmer: he started swimming competitively at 5 years old and
attempted the longest ever open water unassisted swim in 2016. While bad
weather prevented him from completing his multiple crossings of Lake
Michigan, he achieved his lifelong dream embarking on a swim across Lake
Michigan. He was always training for another grand swim sometime soon.
Scott was deeply
concerned about the effect pollution was having on all our waterways, but
particularly our oceans. Scott’s book “Gino the Minnow” explains to
elementary aged students how to keep garbage and pollution out of our
Scott was happiest
when he was swimming and at his best when in or at the water. He was known
for his “Good Thing of the Day” quips posted on Facebook. One favorite
posting by Scott was, “ My Good Thing was seeing friends and family. Also,
saw the sunset over Chicago/Lake Michigan. Reflecting on how many of us,
including myself, do not take time to appreciate the small, precious,
beautiful things in life.” Well said, Scott. May Scott’s “Good Things” be
bountiful, never ending, and too numerous to list!
Services will be at
White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S 2nd St., Chesterton, IN, on Saturday, April
7, 2018, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with the funeral to
follow at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be held privately with the immediate
Memories may be