You have to love it

 

Scott can’t stop working

 

At 80 years old, Angelo Scott says he can’t ever imagine retiring.

 

Ever.

He tried it once, for about five years, but it didn’t take, he said.

Scott says he’s pretty sure working is what keeps him going. Despite his status as an octogenarian Scott works a schedule that would burn out most men half his age in short order.

Days off do happen. With six children and 19 grandchildren all around the eastern part of the country, Scott said, he takes trips of a few days here or there to go to sporting events, graduations, weddings and other family activities, but the idea of just sitting around bores him.

“I have a great wife and great kids,” Scott said.

“I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve had good health and a lot of luck,” he said. “I’ve been one of the lucky ones.”

Scott said in 1983 he tried retirement when he sold A.J.’s Restaurant and for the next five years tried to be retired.

The time included a great trip around the United States to see the sights. “We spent 12 weeks touring,” he said.

“I’d recommend it to anyone; before you go overseas go see the sights in this country. It’s got so much to offer,” Scott said.

But when the restaurant he sold to go into retirement came available again, Scott said, he jumped at the chance. “My wife told me to go for it, so I did,” he said.

Part of being in business for as many years as he has is about having good employees, Scott said. “I’ve always had good people working for me, loyal and hard working,” he said.

“If I could clone Tina Wilson (A.J.’s manager) I’d be all set,” he said.

As an entrepreneur, Scott said, he can’t help but look at other opportunities around town. One that holds interest for him is Kevin Daigle’s Forum.

Looking at the Forum and knowing the potential of that establishment, Scott said, he thinks that if he were a bit younger he would go for it.

“I haven’t changed my routine in about 30 years,” he said. It is a routine even Scott agrees is not for everyone.

He rises, every day, at 4:30 or 5 a.m. when he goes to open up A.J.’s until about 7 a.m., when he heads home for breakfast and to talk with his wife, Mary. Following breakfast he’s off to the bowling alley he owns, Granville Lanes, until it’s time to head home for dinner.

After dinner Scott is back out the door down to close up A.J.’s, which can take until midnight some times, he said.
It’s something he does every day. Seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Scott said the daily routine of always having something to do and tasks to accomplish is what drives him to get out of bed every day. Lying in bed when he wakes up at 4:30 a.m., he looks forward to the list of things that need to be accomplished that day.

“You get up and lie there and it’s just boom-boom-boom; there are all of these things that you’ve got to do,” he said. 

“You have to love it; that’s all. You just have to love it,” Scott said. “You look at anyone, the old farmer or the old logger, and it’s the same attitude. They’ve got to get up and milk the cows or cut down trees.”

Scott said that drive is his secret and what keeps him going day after day and year after year. “It’s my secret; now it might not work for everybody,” he said.

Scott said he returned to Granville to help out his father when he was working in New York City as an auditor. When his father needed help with Scotties he took a year’s leave but never went back to the city and never looked back.

That was 1957.

“I love Granville. I love this place – this is God’s place,” Scott said. Scott said he’s had a number of businesses over the years, including a bike shop and sporting goods store and Cinnamon and Sage, a greeting card store.

Part of loving it is leaving it, behind, that is. Scott said he’s not the type to bring the office home with him. Once he leaves the building, all of the hassles and concerns are left behind.

Burglaries and getting ripped off are simply part of the business one has to deal with, he said, as someone whose bowling alley has been broken into a number of times over the years since he purchased it in 1973.

Scott said he isn’t all work and no play. When he isn’t working he has had time to be a charter member of the Granville Lions Club, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, a founding member of the rescue squad, as well as spending time on the village and school boards, even time as a village judge.

Like a perpetual motion machine, Scott said he’s convinced that it is working, staying active and having something to do each and every day that keeps him going and will keep him going for some time to come.

“I’ve attended an awful lot of wakes for friends of mine that stopped working,” Scott said.

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