Robert M. “Bo” Scott

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Robert M. Scott was born on March 30, 1943, to James S. and Gladys M. Scott.  Bo, as his friends and family knew him was the 4th of five (Burnack, Wilbert, Roberta and Janet) children.  His twin sister Roberta being a few minutes older than him. They grew up in Connellsville Pennsylvania.

Sports played an integral role in Bo’s life. As a 3rd grader he followed his older brother to practice one day. The coach saw him watching from the sideline and asked his name.  Bo told him who he was and the coach handed him a uniform. That’s how he started playing football.

He played quarterback from booster football until his sophomore year. The new coach at Connellsville High School thought Bo would be more beneficial to the team if he played running back.  At first, he was hesitant, but soon realized there was nothing he could do about it.  As it turns out that was the best move. Bo was recruited by many colleges to play football, but ultimately chose to attend The Ohio State University.

Bo played with the Ohio State football team from 1961-63.  This is also when he met his first wife Mary Jane Mitchell.  They were wed November 16, 1964.  They added four children to their family during their marriage: Robin Marche’, Shawn Erik, Erron Nicole (Nikki) and Heather Michelle (Shelly).

On October 23, 1964, Bo signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He Played in the CFL from 1964-1969. He was a standout running back being named to several All-Star teams.  In 1968 he helped the Roughriders win the Grey Cup Championship. In 1965 Bo was drafted by both the Cleveland Browns and the Raiders. He chose to play for the Browns where he had a stellar career for 6 seasons.  Bo Scott will forever be a part of NFL history as having scored the first rushing TD on Monday Night Football.

After his football career ended Bo returned to Ohio State to earn is BS in Social Work. He worked for The Franklin County Detention Center for 28 years. He retired as the Assistant Director.

Bo wed his loving wife Phyllis P. Bradley on February 13, 2012. Phyllis has 2 children Kevin and Toi.

He was active in his children and grandchildren’s lives. He also was an avid golfer and loved his Browns to the end. Bo was also a faithful and active member of the St. John AME church. As well as a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

This faithful husband, father and mentor won his crown in heaven on August 4, 2021. He is preceded in death by his mother Gladys Marilla Scott, father James Samuel Scott and sister Burnack Dowell. To mourn his passing are his loving wife Phyllis, his 4 children Robin, Shawn (Sharla), Nikki and Shelly; her children Kevin and Toi; his brother, Wilbert; sisters, Roberta and Janet; 15 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews, relatives, friends and fans.











Visitation 12:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at St. John AME Church, 7700 Crosswoods Dr, 43235. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Rollon M Thompson

    Sincerest condolences to the family of Robert “Bo” Scott. Bo was my Omega Psi Phi “Big Brother” when I pledged in 1963. Nothing but fond memories of good times. Bo was thoughtful, considerate and encouraging. May his spirit have eternal peace.

  2. Dear Family and Friends of the late Robert Bo Scott. I got to watch Bo play football here in Ottawa during the mid 1960’s. He was one of my favourite player and a huge part of our Grey Cup teams. Big number 16 making play after play. His 60 plus yard TD run in the Eastern Final again Hamilton started a beat down of Hamilton that day. Follow him to the town’s always cheered for him. A few years ago he was back in Ottawa for a reunion of the 1968 team. Great to be able to cheer for them & Bo at halftime that day. God bless and keep you all

  3. Terrence Lynch

    My condolences to the Scott family. Mr Scott and family were wonderful neighbors growing up in Cumberland Ridge. In-fact we were so close we would walk in and out of each other’s houses. He will be missed greatly by his Cleveland Brown family and so many other lives he touched.

  4. Condolences to the entire Scott family. Bo, as we knew him was a great athlete and an even greater person. Happy to have met, Sad to part, Happy to meet again. RIP my friend.

  5. Larry Buttermore

    Bo and I became great friends over the last several years. Got to share many laughs, golf and travel experiences.

    We shared a love for Jesus, as well.

    Typically he would reply; “I’m doing FANTASTIC ❤️ Right now he is doing just that!!

    R. I.P. Dear friend

  6. My Deepest Condolences to the Scott family.
    I will miss Bo ,he was my best friend. Bo and I would walk 4 mile everyday except Sunday.
    He would never miss a day no matter what the weather was doing, We must have walked together at least 10 years. He loved to get his walk in. Its just not the same walking without him. He will be greatly missed .
    May he RIP

  7. Patsy, so very sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember the good times and know that he is at rest. God Bless You.

  8. George Staples

    To the family of “Bo” Scott! “Bo” was a hero of mine growing up in Fayette County (Connelsville, Pa). He was an outstanding athlete and a humble man! To his sister’s and Brorher, Wilbur, you have lost a great Brother. Rest in Peace my friend.

  9. Sorry to hear about Bo, he has joined his brother Ed Ulmer, my husband, a fellow Omega Man and football player at OSU. I also remember Bo’s catching personality and remember when he visited us in Winnipeg, Manitoba back in the 60’s. Time marches on. Peace be with you and yours.

  10. To the family of Bo: My deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you. I met Bo as a young lawyer visiting children in the detention home at 50 East Mound Street. He was a genuinely caring and concerned man interested in the safety and well being of the kids in his charge. He treated them with dignity and respect. I spent many hours in his office for over 20 years talking about the kids and life. He will be missed!

  11. My prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief. May the Lords grace and mercy bring you comfort during this time. I will miss him walking in the park, he was the King of the park.

  12. Betty J. Tilman and daughter Melony McGant

    My Dearest Cousin Phyllis Scott,

    My heart goes out to You, Family, Extended Family and Friends As You Honor the Beautiful Life and Unexpected Ascension of Your Beloved Husband, Robert “Bo” Scott.

    His courageous light has led the way for many and offered Compassion, Hope and Love.
    Though his Soul has returned to the heart of God,, he lives in all of You.

    MOMBetty J. Tilman and I Will Be Offering Prayers and Honoring His Heavenly Ascension.

    Much Love, Melony

    Robert “Bo” Scott, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Cousin, Friend and Community Leader…

    We Will Sow Your Seeds of Light and Love!

    Beautiful People,

    Just as trees, flowers and all living things; we are all born from the Seeds of Light and Love.

    Even when our bodies are frail, our Hearts grow strong when nurtured with Love.

    Some of us stay here for many years, share wisdom with many others, and learn great lessons.

    Others stay only a short time but their Love guides and gives us courage, strength and new purpose.

    Through them we learn what it is to be happy even when we are very sad!

    We learn to support and nurture eachother and share our special moments.

    Hopefully we learn quickly to say what is in our hearts and to Live With No Regret— because sometimes we are asked to offer our tender goodbyes when we just became comfortable and said a loving hello!

    And Yes, it is true…

    Every beautiful flower will wilt and return to the Earth. And strong trees may fall in a storm and die.

    But the Roots of Love are Eternal and can remain and blossom in our minds and our hearts throughout All Time in the Circle of Life and Love!

    Please Take a Moment, Breathe Deeply and Exhale Slowly Ten Times.

    For Mr. Robert “Bo” Scott We Call Your Name, and Allow the Memory of Grace In Your Spirit to Help Us Live with, Courage Healing and Hope.

    We Lovingly Call Your Name. We Celebrate Your Life.

    We ReMember Your Laughter, Your Joy, Your Wisdom, Your Precious Life Journeys, and Your Love.

    THANK YOU! We Will Always Sow Your Seeds of Light and Love!

    Rev. Melony McGant

  13. May the peace of God be with you, may He comfort your heart and give you strength during this time of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family in your hours of sorrow. Bo – will be greatly missed by all of us who worked with him as a Standardized Patient for Wexner Medical Center and all who walked with him at Blacklick Park for many years. May he rest in peace.

  14. Sincere condolences to the family of Robert “Bo” Scott a very good friend.I’ve known “Bo” since High School days back in Western Pa.even though we attended different schools.He was an outstanding athlete but what I admired about him was that he was a great human being full of wisdom.He loved to stay in good physical shape and I would see him walking at Blacklick Park.
    My prayers are with the family that God would give you strength and comfort during this time of bereavement.May God’s Blessings Be With You.


    To the family of Robert “Bo” Scott, we offer our sincere Condolences to you. we were Blessed to have had Mr. Scott as a Proud Member of THE CENTRAL CITY BROWN BACKERS. We enjoyed him at our cook-outs he shared his stories with us about the CLEVELAND BROWNS. he will bemissed by his friends and family. we hope the family will be blessed and get strength thru prayers of comfort.
    Earl Littlefield, President CCBBRS

  16. My deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Scott. I became used to seeing Mr. Scott and his friends as we would pass each other during our daily walk and his presence is definitely missed but I know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and I have no doubt that he is resting with the Lord.

  17. Phillip & Patricia Ferrell

    To our friends. We would like to send. Our condolence and our prayers.Phillip & Patricia Ferrell

  18. David J. "Wats" "Swamp Daddy" Watson

    Words are never sufficient to describe the sense of loss when a Dear Friend moves on. The good times remembered; the not-so-good times remembered also because they are like two sides of the same coin; you can’t have one without the other. Bo, my line Brother, Fall of 1962, Iota Psi, Fare Thee Well. Take your Time-Out; Take a knee. Hear the Words: Well Done, Thy Good and Faithful Servant. My words are not so eloquent, but the Words of Henry Scott Holland are:

    Death Is Nothing At All
    by Henry Scott-Holland

    “Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Nothing has happened.

    Everything remains exactly as it was.
    I am I, and you are you,
    and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same as it ever was.
    There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
    What is this death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”

  19. Dearest Phyllis so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, praying for you and your family. May God comfort you and bring you peace at this difficult time. Love and best wishes always.

  20. Kenneth Chatters

    Sincere Condolences to the Bo Scott Family. I will miss our daily walks and conversations about life, sports and everything else that’s going on in this world. I feel so Blessed to have known Bo and give Thanks in knowing that he has touched so many lives.
    Our Prayers and Loving thoughts embrace you during this difficult time.
    Kenneth Chatters & Family

  21. See you in heaven Grandpa. You’ll be missed dearly.

  22. On behalf of Bo’s Ohio State teammates, condolences are being sent to his wonderful family and friends! Bo was quiet and friendly off the field. Bo’s feet were loud on the field and his talent soon rose to the top! Many of us were Browns fans and Bo had no bigger fans than his old teammates when he joined them! We were so happy to have him back to our team reunion in 2010! Rest in peace in Heaven Bo!
    Your Buckeye Friends!

  23. Robin and Willie Allen

    Hey Phyllis, Will and I are praying for you and your family to find some comfort and occasional smiles as you remember the great times that you and your husband shared together. There will come a time when those smiles will come more often as you “remember that time when …”.

  24. Antwan M Fisher

    I met Mr. Scott almost 3 years ago and he had always been a very positive man, I picked with him about the Browns and we were looking forward to this upcoming season, I saw him a week before he passed and he was full of life as he always was, my condolences to the Scott family, his smile, his conversation and his overall positivity will truly be missed.

  25. To the family of Mr.Bo Scott my friend Sean Scott I am deeply sorry for your loss I have known you since 4th grade st.thomas the apostle. I was not aware that your father and I are frat brothers, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated if you need me my brother please feel free to reach out and call I’ve been in your shoes my friend it will be hard but you will make it through this to my brother mr. Scott Omega Psi Phi till I die

  26. I first met Bo and Roberta in 7th grade at Cameron School. I always liked Bo. The following year my mother sent me back to Catholic school. I’d see Bo from time to time in the summer on the playground. He became a super athlete in highschool. I left town to join Marine Corp after graduation and lost contact. I finally found him when he started playing for the Browns. I followed his tenure interest. He was a guy I always admired. I’m sadden hearing of his passing. To his family and friends I send my concolences especially to Roberta. I know twins have a special bond. – Mark

  27. Johnny Clark and Family

    Saddened to (belatedly) hear of the passing of Mr. Robert “Bo” Scott. It was my honor and privilege to meet and know Mr. Scott, thru his daughter, Robin, in the mid-‘80s, and I was blessed to share many conversations with him about sports – and life. Such an honorable, classy, and knowledgeable man…
    Condolences to his wife, Phyllis, as well as Robin, Nikki, Shelly, and Shawn – and Mr. Scott’s entire family and friends.

  28. Great Man! He was my boss at The Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. He did great things for the students and staff.
    My condolences,

  29. Grandpa.

    You were my hero. My legend. My everything.

    I have no idea who I can love as much as I have loved you.

    I don’t know life without you. But I pray that I will continue to make you proud.

    You thought the world of me, and I thought the world of you.

    My love and relationship with you will never been replaced, forgotten, or duplicated.

    You were simply my personal superhero.

    I love you beyond the universe.
    I will miss you and I surely do love you.
    Take your rest.
    I’ll see you in the morning.

  30. Dear Scott Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Scott.
    Growing up in Ottawa in the 1960’s Bo Scott was one of my heroes of the Ottawa Rough Riders.
    Highly respected…he gave me his autograph on several occasions.
    I was shocked to hear he had died.
    May he Rest in Peace…he is well remembered here in Canada.
    Ian Hall.

  31. Eddie Cotter, Jr.

    Just today I learned of the passing of Bo into Eternal Life. I had the privilege of working with Bo at the Rosemont Center almost 40 years ago. I was a young, recent Social Work grad from Ohio State and Bo helped train me to work the night shift.
    We hit it off right away as Bo remembered my cousin, Bill Wentz, who played football at OSU from ‘57-61.
    I always enjoyed our conversations. When I was starting out in the music business, I enthusiastically played one of my band’s first studio recordings for Bo to listen to – a remake of Johnny B. Goode. He smiled and, from behind his desk, actually grooved a bit in approval! He was encouraging. Also around that time, Bo shared with me that he was starting to use lots of Basil – and loved it with steak and also on eggs. To this day, and because of Bo, I do the same and every time I have, I’ve recalled it was because of him! Although almost 40 years have passed, and after leaving Rosemont, mine and Bo’s paths were never again to cross, I remember him fondly and am sorry to learn of his passing.
    Sincere condolences to Bo’s family and loved ones. I was moved by his granddaughter’s eulogy. May Bo be enjoying the Eternal Reward for his life of Faith. God bless you all.

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