Roderick M. "Scottie"'s Story

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NORTH PORT, Fla. - Roderick MacKenzie "Scottie" Linn, 86, of North Port, Florida, formerly of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Scottie was born March 18, 1931, in Dundee Scotland, to William and Margaret (Baxter) Linn.
Scottie married Maureen Ireland Aug. 20, 1949.
Scottie passed away as he succumbed to a yearlong fight with Mesothelioma (an aggressive form of lung cancer).
Scottie immigrated to the United States in 1952, and sent for his wife and daughter, Maureen Edna, in 1953.
He lived in Ramsey, New Jersey, until 1967, where he worked in home improvements and started his own business, Scotch Home Improvements.
His hobbies included short track speed skating where he won and placed in many competitions in the New York and New Jersey area; including being named New Jersey State Champion for three years. He also competed at Madison Square Garden; his trophies are still displayed at his home. He competed in bike racing on banked tracks and road racing, winning many, including a 50-mile race and competing in distances up to 100 miles.
Scottie and Maureen moved to West Oneonta and in 1968, welcomed their second daughter, Deborah.
Scottie became a general contractor, and built more than 50 custom homes. Scottie created a beautiful development, Highland Heights; it included room for his next hobby which was training and racing harness horses. He and his horses raced at local fair grounds, Vernon Downs and Monticello race tracks. He was in the winner's circle with many of his horses.
In 2001 Scottie and his wife, Maureen, moved to Florida and became residents of La Casa, a community in which they thrived with the many activities and making great friends. When first moving there, Scottie purchased, remodeled, rented and sold several properties. His next hobby was tennis. He was the captain of the La Casa Dragons tennis team for 13 years and the team enjoyed playing in many tournaments. In La Casa, Scottie and Maureen were on the dance floor at all the dances many enjoyed watching as they gracefully glided across the floor.
Among all of the talents above many friends and family members enjoyed the cakes he made and decorated for birthdays, Super Bowl parties, weddings and anniversaries.
Scottie was a life time member of the Elks 1312, where he enjoyed many parties and dances. He even had a royal flush from playing poker, framed on his wall. In La Casa, he was a member of the tennis club and boat club.
Roderick (Scottie) was predeceased by his parents; two brothers and five sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife, Maureen of 68 years; two daughters, Maureen Edna (Alan) Tapia, Deborah Hope (Brian Cox); five grandchildren, Linn, Maverick, Dalton, Felicity and Kinsley; three great-grandchildren, Ayla, Emma and Arwyn; sister, Betty; four sisters in-law, Charlotte, Audrey, Mary and Gertrude; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held Oct. 21, at La Casa Park in North Port, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Tidewell Hospice would be appreciated.
Published on August 9, 2017
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