Milton Eagles Coach Michael Scott lost his battle with pancreatic cancer late Saturday evening, Dec. 1, according to a post by his wife on the Prayers for Michael Scott Facebook page.
More than 1,200 people have viewed Mary-Jane Scott's goodbye and prayer for her husband since Sunday morning, with more than 300 of them adding their comments on the Prayers for Michael Scott Facebook page created to for updates and community support.
My sweet bear, my best friend, Mike, was called home to be with the Lord around 10:30pm tonight. I had the honor of holding his hand and telling him that I loved him as he drew his last breath on Earth. Rest in the peace of Jesus, my darling, until we see each other again.......
Mike, who is in his 30's, was father to his two children, ages 3 and 6 and husband to Mary-Jane. He was the offensive line and strength football coach at Milton High School. The Scott family resides in Canton
"Mike was a mentor and a friend to his students, players, parents, volunteers and peers at Milton High School. His booming voice and enthusiasm will be sorely missed," the Milton Eagles Football website states today. Only this page is accessible today in memory of Coach Scott.
Friends of the Scott family ask the community – both the high school and wider Milton community – to consider a donation to the family by making a donation to them at MiracleforMike. "We can still be a miracle for his family," the website says.
In October 2012, Amie Peterson posted on Patch a plea to the community for help for the family. "As you can imagine, the family is drowning in just everyday living expenses as well as medical costs on top of trying to deal emotionally with this devastation," she said in her announcement asking for donations.
The Milton High School Football team also sold "Lift up Coach Scott" wristbands at the school for $5 where all proceeds go to the Scott Family. The effort expanded to schools across the region, with thousands of dollars collected at football games that didn't even involve the Milton Eagles.
"Scott Strong" T-shirts also were ordered, and are being delivered at the high school on Monday, Dec. 3. Orders are still being accepted on the Prayers for Michael Scott Facebook page.
A Care Calendar has been set up for people living in the Canton-Sixes are who are able to support the family by bringing meals. (Check the Prayers for Michael Scott Facebook page for details and the security code.)
Some of the Facebook posts today include:
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Debbie & Michael growing up at Sharonville Methodist Church. Prayers for your family.
Praying for your precious family! I am so sorry for your loss! Michaels legacy will live on forever! He is rejoicing with the Lord now. May the Lord comfort you guys at this difficult time. Praying for you guys!
Lauren Elizabeth Turman
My prayers are with you. You have been such a testament of God's goodness and grace, while Mike was a testament to His strength. You have touched so many lives, people like myself that you have never even met! I pray that God will continue to bless you and keep you.
Suzanne Starnieri Pannell