Scott David Livie, 53, Kent County commissioner, started benefits firm


Scott David Livie, a Kent County commissioner and founder and president of an employee benefits firm, died of colorectal cancer April 27 at his Chestertown home. He was 53.

Mr. Livie was born in Baltimore and raised in Lutherville. He was a 1971 graduate of McDonogh School, where he had been an outstanding lacrosse player. In 1975, he earned a bachelor's degree in American civilization from Brown University.

In 1976, he came to Chestertown when he was named assistant lacrosse coach at Washington College. At the same time, because he was an avid waterfowl hunter, he established a successful hunting guide business.

He later worked for Fleetwood, Athey, Macbeth & McCown Inc., a Chestertown insurance company, until establishing his own company, Chesapeake Benefit Services Inc., in 1989, which serviced local, regional and national accounts.

"While at FAM&M, he grew our employee benefits business and then went out on his own, and through the years, we've shared a lot of business," said R. Scott Bramble, an FAM&M Inc. vice president.

"Scott was loved by everybody, and he touched a lot of lives through business, politics, hunting and lacrosse. He was always a leader and never a knee-jerk guy. He took in information and always arrived at reasonable decisions, and I think people really appreciated that," he said.

Mr. Livie had served as president of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce in 2000, and for 12 years had served as a member of the board - twice as chairman - of Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.

"Scott had two areas of influence, one was strengthening our links with the business community and our intercollegiate athletic program. He believed that athletics was a complement to the academic experience," said Dr. Stuart M. Bounds, president of the college.

"He was one of the most warm-hearted and generous individuals you'd ever want to meet, and for someone who was as involved in public service as he was, it always remained about the individual," Dr. Bounds said. "He was committed to public service and was able to build from individual relationships to community relationships."

A Republican, Mr. Livie was elected to the three-member Kent County Board of Commissioners in 2002.

"He focused a lot on education and health, welfare and benefit issues. He was also very interested in our youth and their physical activities. He was instrumental in getting outdoor lighting for Kent County High School, our one and only high school. We relied upon him to deal with those issues," said William W. Pickrum, commission president.

"We never discussed party or politics, and we never allowed them to play into any of our subjects or deliberations. That was our gentlemen's agreement. We agreed that we were here to do the business of Kent County and its citizens, and Scott firmly believed in that," he said.

"Scott always had a lot of energy and it was always positive. He brought a youthful energy to the commission and an exuberance that was always refreshing," said Kevin Hemstock, editor of The Kent County News.

Lacrosse continued to be an important component of Mr. Livie's life. He had coached teams at Kent County High School, Gunston Day School and a variety of summer leagues.

He was a member of the lacrosse all-star team that played at Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1999, and was a team member of the Grand Master Division that played both in 2000 and 2002 at the World Lacrosse Games in Perth, Australia.

"He was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2003, and while he was undergoing chemotherapy treatments was still playing and coaching," said his wife of seven years, the former Anne H. Gelderman.

Mr. Livie was a World War II history buff and an avid duck hunter who enjoyed the sport on the Eastern Shore and in Canada. He liked preparing dove dinners for family and friends at his Chestertown home, turkey hunting in the Carolinas each April, and fishing and crabbing in the summer months.

"He also looked forward each year to an annual family vacation in Biddeford Pool, Maine," Mrs. Livie said.

Mr. Livie was a member of the Shrewsbury Parish Episcopal Church, where services were held Tuesday.

Also surviving are three daughters, Kate J. Livie, Meghan Livie and Sherri Spray, all of Chestertown; his mother, Jeanne Livie Tarring of Chestertown; a brother, Bruce Livie of Munich, Germany; a sister, Stephanie Velleggia of Towson; two stepbrothers, Bobby Tarring of Towson and Doug Tarring of Charlottesville, Va.; a stepson, Ryan Smith of Chestertown; and a stepdaughter, Katie Gelderman of Chestertown.

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