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Businessman Joe Scott, husband of Councilwoman Shirley Scott, dead at 78

Joseph L. Scott, husband of longtime Tucson Councilwoman Shirley Scott, died Saturday while visiting his ill brother. Scott, who operated Scott Supply Service for decades, had a heart attack.

Joe and Shirley Scott were married for more than 51 years, and owned the family business — selling nuts and bolts and other hardware — from 1974 until 2011.

Scott died while on a trip to Alabama.

"I am touched by the sincere condolences the Tucson community has given my family and me as we grieve the passing of my husband," Shirley posted on Facebook.

Shirley Scott has represented the Southeast Side of Tucson on the City Council since 1995.

Joe is survived by his wife Shirley, and daughter Wendy Blakeslee (Michael), daughter Erin Scott, son Brett L. Scott (Jennifer), daughter Branwyn Walker (Lee) and nine grandchildren: Brandon, Nicole, Andrew, Samuel, Kathlyn, Brooke, Jessica, Christian and Danica.

From Shirley Scott:

Joe will be remembered for his intelligence, outgoing personality, laughter, commitment to civic duty and deep love for his wife and family.

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Born to Kathryn Giles Temple and Lester Lee Scott in Meridian, Mississippi. He graduated with a B.A. from Birmingham Southern University and a Ph.D from University of Cincinnati. Joe was a published author and taught science, business, and foreign language at several Universities and schools including University of Cincinnati, Northern Arizona University, Pennsylvania State University, Bowling Green State University, Columbia University, University of Arizona, Pima Community College and the Vail School District.

A memorial service will be held in Tucson in the near future.

Cards may be sent to the City of Tucson Ward 4 Council Office, 8123 E. Poinciana Dr., Tucson, AZ 85730.

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