Friday, December 15, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: J.W. Scott, center, with Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey during a street renaming ceremony in November. | Courtesy Mayor Andre Harvey
J.W. Scott, a decorated Korean War veteran who went from driving cabs part-time while working at Campbell Soup Company to founding People Cab Co., based in Bellwood, has died.
Scott’s death was confirmed by his wife, Louevenia, who said the 86-year-old passed away on early Friday morning from heart failure. The couple lived in Bensenville.
Last month, the village of Bellwood renamed a portion of roadway near St. Charles Rd. and 30th Ave., Honorary J.W. Scott Ave.
Chicago Sun-Times columnist John Fountain, who attended the renaming ceremony, wrote a column about Scott shortly after the ceremony.
As Fountain learned, Scott fought in Korean War and was awarded a Bronze Star. When he came back home, he got to work.
He was employed at Campbell Soup Company for 35 years. On his weekends, he drove a cab. In 1982, he went into business for himself, starting People Cab Co., Scott’s son, David Scott, 56, told Fountain.
Scott had eight children and, according to Louevenia, countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are still pending. VFP
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