It was a stretch to call my Yamaha 80cc motorbike a motorcycle, but, hell, we all did - Buddy Hooper, Bob Fulcher. I think Jim Carr had one of those Yamahas, too. John Rupp rode a Honda 50.
Anyway, one afternoon, Scott Terry asked to borrow my bike - just to take it for a spin up into the village. And so I gave him the keys and off he went. He was a good kid, always helped me setting up and tearing down stuff at the beach.
When he got back after a half hour or so, he had a Lakewood Police Department cruiser right on his ass, lights and siren and everything the cop could do to embarrass the crap out of this almost 16-year-old kid. He was more embarrassed when he couldn't produce a driver's license.
Scott was terrified that the ticket he received would mean he would never become a cop - a goal of his even at that tender age.
I'm sad to see this guy pass away. But I'm happy that he made it to his desired career, despite my carelessness that day in giving him keys.
Rest in peace, Scott. In heaven, there's no need for driver's licenses. And I hope the motorcycles have more juice than a Yamaha 80.
FROM THE JAMESTOWN POST JOURNAL:
C. Scott Terry, 63, of Butts Road, Ashville, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in his home.
A lifelong area resident, he was born June 24, 1950, in Jamestown, N.Y.
He was a 1970 graduate of Southwestern Central School and a graduate of the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department Police Academy at Jamestown Community College. He also took many classes over the years and became certified in many aspects of police work.
C. Scott Terry
He retired from the Lakewood-Busti Police Department as an investigator on June 3, 2005. He was involved in many aspects of police work including animal control officer for the town of Busti, and was a certified firearms instructor. In 2009, he was hired by the Chautauqua County Sherriff's Department as a court officer. Prior to his years as a police officer, he was a dispatcher for the Jamestown, Lakewood and Busti Police Departments.
He was a member of the Jamestown Moose Lodge, the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and the Lakewood Fire Department. He was a former president of the Lakewood Police Benevolent Association and former president of the Chautauqua County Police Officers Association. Scott also volunteered for the St. Jude Telethon and the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
He had a keen interest in cars and enjoyed going to classic car shows. He also had an extreme love for animals and is survived by his dog, "Cubby" and his cat "Owen," and he always remembered his former dog, "Striker." He will always be remembered for his joke telling and his off-colored humor.
Surviving are a brother, Craig (Jackie) Terry of Lakewood, N.Y.; three sisters,: Cindy (Jan) Agnew of Warren, Pa., Judy D'Angelo of Jamestown, and Lee Anne Terry of Florida; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Scott was preceded in death by his father, Howard M. Terry, who died April 15, 2005; his mother, Vivian S. Andersen Terry, who died July 23, 2001 and a sister, Susan D. Terry Madura who died May 22, 1994.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Lind Funeral Home. Peter Dawson, fire service chaplain will officiate.
Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Scott at www.lindfuneralhome.com.