J.W. Scott, Founder of People Cab Co., Dies At 86

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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One thought on “J.W. Scott, Founder of People Cab Co., Dies At 86”

  1. He will be missed. Major respect to the village of Bellwood of recognizing the late J.W. Scott with a street named after him, before he passed away. He left a huge impact with his People Cab Co. You will be missed.

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