LEETONIA - Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St., for Dr. Thomas Scott Emerson of Leetonia, Ohio who passed away suddenly at home Friday, February 7, 2014. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Scott was born in Columbus, Ohio, May 2, 1958, to Thomas J. and Joan M. Emerson. Scott, his sister, Susan and parents lived in Boardman, Ohio until 1971. While in Boardman, Scott was a competitive swimmer at the JCC, the Youngstown YMCA, and the Boardman-Canfield Swim Club.
The family moved to Lisbon, Ohio in 1971. Scott attended David Anderson High School where he played basketball acting as Co-Captain his Senior year. He also ran track setting two high school records. Regardless of the sport, Scott's mom and dad were his biggest fans and most ardent supporters.
Scott attended Mount Union College earning a degree in biology. He attended the Ohio State University Dental School graduating second in his class in 1984.
Scott practiced dentistry in Canfield, Ohio since then with both his grandfather, Dr. James D. Chessrown, who passed in 2000, and his father, Dr. Thomas J. Emerson. He adored his grandfather and father and felt blessed to work side-by-side with them for so many years. Scott also had a special love for his mom; one that knew no bounds.
Scott was a dedicated husband and the best dad his three daughters Ashley (23), Rachel (19), and Tess (14) could have ever asked for. He was an inspiration to them and leaves his legacy of being a funny, hard-working, patient, kind, creative, and adventurous man.
Scott loved helping both the Youngstown Y-Neptunes and Firestone Area Swim Teams and Youngstown Christian School that Rachel and Tess partially attended, while being home schooled. He also encouraged the girls' love of the outdoors - from riding bikes with Ashley and helping Rachel create "Fairy Land" to fishing with Tess at his parents' farm.
Scott is survived by his loving parents, Dr. Thomas and Joan (Chessrown) Emerson; his loving wife and best friend, the former Melanie "Mellie" Pilcher, whom he married June 29, 1986; his three daughters, Ashley, Rachel and Tess; and a sister, Susan Nutter (Scott, Tim and Chris). Other surviving relatives include mother-in-law, Barbara Pilcher; brothers-in-law, Gary Pilcher (Lynn, Carrie, and Jeff) and Ian Pilcher (Tina, Darren, and Andy); sister-in-law, Amee Pilcher; and his lifetime friend, Moose.
The family suggests any memorial gifts please take the form of contributions in Scott's name to Youngstown Christian School, 4401 Southern Blvd., Youngstown, Ohio 44512.
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