In Memory of



Obituary for Clint Scanlon

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Clint Scanlon, at the age of 78, with family by his side on March 29, 2023, at the Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson, BC, after living a fantastic life.

Clinton was born on August 7, 1944, in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, to parents Oscar and Helen Scanlon. He was raised with his brother Lester and attended most of his schooling in Cardston, AB.

March 8, 1965, he married Karen Pitcher, of Cardston, Alberta. Soon after, they moved to Nelson, BC (1969) with daughter Shelley. In 1970, Clint and his father purchased Western Auto Wreckers and their first tow truck soon after. Their son Cory was born in 1971.

In 1993, Clint and Karen asked Cory to come home to help with the family business. The three generation have successfully grown Western Auto into a thriving 52-year operation. He was very proud when his son Cory took the reins to continue the family business. 

In 2020, Clint was honored with a 50 years of service award from the Nelson Police Department for his dedication to the community. He always enjoyed being part of and giving back to Nelson.

Clint was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to snowmobile.  In his younger years, he was a champion stock car driver in southern Alberta.  He also enjoyed owning and restoring classic automobiles.

Clint is survived by his partner Charmayne, his children Shelley and Cory Scanlon (Catherine McRae), grandchildren, Tarik, Zakaria, & Yousef Bikhandafne, Braeden McRae, Tanner & Marshall Scanlon, nieces, nephews, other family members, & friends.  

Dad was pre-deceased by his parents Oscar and Helen, brother Lester and baby sister.  He will also be remembered fondly by the Western Auto family.

We would like to extend a huge heartfelt thank you to Dr McKechnie. His grandchildren have been given the gift of fabulous memories because you went the extra mile with him.  Special thanks also go to Dr Walker, Jen, and Andrew at the Nelson Clinic Pharmacy, the first responders, everyone at Home Support, and all the great people at KLH. You have all made his path much easier and our experience bearable. Cory would like to extend his complete appreciation to his crew at Western Auto for keeping the doors open and serving the community while he said goodbye to his dad.

There will be a procession at noon on Thursday, April 6, starting at Western Auto Wreckers to the City of Nelson Cemetery where Clint will be laid to rest.

A Celebration of Clint's life will follow at 2:00 pm at the Rod & Gun Club, 801 Railway Street, Nelson.

In lieu of flowers, we suggest a donation to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation