Scott V. Anctil

LEWISTON – Scott V. Anctil, 53, of Lewiston died Feb. 25, 2021, at his home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with FTD-P 17 (Frontotemporal Dementia with Parkinsonism) caused by a MAPT gene mutation (tau).Scott was born in Lewiston on Sept. 20, 1967, the son of Lionel (Nel) and Patricia Fortin Anctil. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated Lewiston High School with the class of 1986. He later attended the University of Southern Maine where he majored in business. Scott would marry the love of his life, Lisa Merrow, on Sept. 23, 2000, and begin to build their lives together in Lewiston. They have two children, Emily (18) and Tanner (15), who were honored to be able to help care for their dad during his three-year battle. Scott had a full life of family, friends, work and community involvement prior to getting sick. He was employed for many years at the former Branding Iron Restaurant and later held various positions in IT, ending his work life with Lewiston Public Schools in maintenance and nutrition. As a child he loved sports, particularly baseball and hockey, which he would play into his high school years. Scott’s son, Tanner, shared his dad’s love of baseball and hockey. Scott generously immersed himself in volunteering at Elliot Ave Baseball and the Maine Gladiators Youth Hockey Organization, where his son played. During baseball season, Scott could always be found volunteering at the ballfield, whether coaching his son’s baseball team, helping in the snack shack or preparing the fields for play. Scott served as the field and maintenance director of the ballfields for several years. In the winters, he spent his time helping to coach with the Maine Gladiators. In addition to volunteering for the youth hockey organization, Scott was a well respected hockey referee. Scott’s talent as a referee had him revered as one of the best, earning him respect such that he was asked to referee not only youth and high school games but college level games as well. Scott often got assigned to referee some of the most competitive high school hockey games because of his reputation for being both knowledgeable and fair. He was a member of many reffing associations including L/A Reffing Association, NIHOA, ECAC, NCAA, HRAO and ACHA. He also taught USA Hockey Seminars for decades. Scott was known to be a top notch skater and his skating skills were the envy of many. Despite being busy raising his kids, doting on his wife and giving back to his community, he managed to golf in a league at the Poland Springs Inn including this past summer, despite his illness, thanks to an amazing golf partner and friend.Scott loved spending time with family and friends sitting by backyard fires, camping and hiking. He and his family had many friends who became more like family as they raised their children together. Scott had a gift of being able to fix almost anything and he shared that gift with his community and his many friends who appreciated it when he would just show up, tools in hand, ready to help. No matter where we went, he almost always found something to help fix. He never wanted anything in return. A “thank you” was always enough. Scott had a quiet demeanor but he left his mark by being the type of guy who never said no, who unselfishly gave his time giving back to the community that he loved so much. The disease robbed Scott of precious time, but with the time he did have, he was fully present and made an impact on an entire community.Scott leaves behind his wife and two children, his father, Lionel (Nel) of Lewiston, his sister, Christine Garner (Patrick) from South Carolina, a special niece, Tessa Garner and two nephews Teddy and Jesse Garner. He leaves behind a sister-in-law, Tracey Camire and nieces and nephews, Linsey, Jacob, Aidan, Sarah and Olivia. He also leaves behind a special aunt, Pauline Cote (Roland) and cousins who were more like siblings, John Therrien (Melissa), Debbie Carpenter, Sandra Zacari (Jim), Tim (Courtney) and Brian Houle, along with many other aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends and so many special referee friends.Scott was predeceased by his mother, Paticia (Fortin) Anctil, his aunt, Trudy Drapeau, his maternal grandparents, Roland and Ann (Zakowiski) Fortin, and his paternal grandparents, Adrien and Alberta (Roux) Anctil, his cousin, Daniel Therrien and his mother-in-law, Sherrill (Mason) Merrow.Arrangements are under the care and direction of The Fortin Group 217 Turner St. Auburn. Visitation will be open to the public Thursday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Due to COVID guidelines the service will be private for family, but will be live-streamed via The Fortin Group Facebook page.Please visit to leave heart felt messages to Scott’s family and friends.In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be sent to the Lewiston/Auburn Referees Association in Scott’s name. All proceeds will go towards a scholarship that will be formed to provide financial support for a youth hockey player in need. LARA185 Seventh St. Auburn, ME 04210 

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