Most summer weekends that dad raised kids were spent on swelteringly hot ball fields coaching softball and baseball. He would be in his groove wearing the ball shirt of the team he was currently coaching (sometimes coaching multiple teams in one day) paired with baby blue, terry cloth-like shorts that still live on in infamy. Coaching from first base, he occasionally got in a bit of a heated altercation with an umpire who had clearly not made a call in his favor.
Scott liked to retell the story of the time that an umpire stalked him down the first baseline yelling, “Coach! Heyyyy, Coa--ch!!” As he told it, if he turned around he would be tossed from the game, so he just kept on walking into the outfield. It was the epitome of Scott--passionately defending the players and the game he loved and doing life on his own terms.
Allan “Scott” Livingston, age 73, passed away on August 25, 2021 surrounded by his children and listening to his Cincinnati Reds.
Scott was born on September 29, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island to Allan and Ruth (Swanson) Livingston and grew up in various New England towns until his family moved to the Midwest. He attended Tallmadge high school in Akron and Miami University in Oxford, playing golf for both (places) and earning the Tallmadge newspaper headline “Great Scott!! It’s a 69.” That framed headline hung on the family room wall of his Mason home for many years.
Though he would meet the love of his life, Sue, at Miami University and settle down with her in Ohio---his New England roots always held a special place in his heart. He returned there nearly every summer to visit his favorite places: Aunt Carrie’s in Narragansett for clam cakes, Point Judith for steamers and littlenecks and the backyard of 26 Colburn Street in North Attleboro for off-key singing, beers and campfires with his partners in crime: his brother Tim Livingston (Mary), his brother-in-law Bob Angus, and his sister, Betsy (Livingston) Angus.
It was at least a 14 hour drive from his home at 3061 Hickory Lane to the front of 26 Colburn Street. He never minded the drive. He said when he pulled out of his driveway in Mason and turned East that he was happy because he was “heading home.”
He was President of Arrow Blue Printing Company in downtown Cincinnati during the 1980s and 1990s. Upon selling that business, he became a Senior Sales Representative for Mobilcomm. Throughout many years, he was President and a founding member of Mason Youth Organization (MY0)
Scott was a simple man. He loved golf, model Lionel trains, the Reds, Notre Dame football, Duke basketball, coaching, camping out in his backyard, cooking, grilling and family gatherings. His love language was food. He loved feeding anyone who walked into his home---whether it was the many members of Adam’s football team, his honorary children: Matt Swanson, Matt Schatzel, Todd Hoffert and Chad Blount, or his immediate family at Sunday dinners--no one ever walked away hungry.
For many years he helped roast the pig at the annual “Pig Burn” and cooked breakfast for all his friends after the all night Christmas Dance at the American Legion. His spaghetti and meatballs were iconic and the 4th of July that he smoked 7 different types of meat lives on as part of the Livingston legend.
His collection of model trains brought many people joy. The sprawling display covered his entire basement and he could often be found wearing his engineer hat and stuffing candy canes into the coal cars for the children.
He was always truly in his element during the holidays. He simply loved them and spread that love by beginning to plan for Thanksgiving at the end of September. He created the tradition of shopping for the turkey with all family members and having each member take a turn to name that year’s bird. His love of the Christmas Eve seafood extravaganza will be celebrated for many years to come.
His love for family gatherings was only outweighed by the love he had for his family itself. His beloved wife, Sue (Randolph), preceded him in death. They were a Miami Merger and met in the dining hall on campus--she was an AOII and he was a Sigma Phi Epsilon. She was his world. Married for over 40 years, they loved traveling to the beach together and floating around in their pool. In Sue’s final hours, Scott got down on one knee and sang the same Sig Ep song to her that he did back when he first gave her his fraternity pin signifying he cherished her more than his fraternity house. He put all he had into loving her.
They raised three children with fierce love: Adam Livingston, Amy (Bryan) Fallis, and Lori (Josh) Roth and had four grandchildren who were his joys: Kai’a and Mae’le Fallis and Ryan and Colton Roth. To Amanda (Yarusites) Rosata and her son, Bryce Rosata, he was their beloved Uncle Scott and he adored them.
His was a life of love.
Friends and family are welcomed at a graveside ceremony at Rose Hill Cemetery (171 Mason Montgomery Rd., Mason, OH 45040) at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 4, 2021. The family will greet friends at a Celebration of Life Pig Roast at - 4088 Maxwell Drive, Mason, OH 45040 - immediately following the service. Dress is casual and Cincinnati Reds attire is encouraged. The family invites anyone to share a favorite story about Scott at the service or in a memory book at the Celebration of Life. Services are in care of Shorten and Ryan Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Scott to Sue's Smile: The Livingston Memorial Foundation, where a scholarship funds account has been opened at 5/3 Bank.