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“I am so incredibly saddened to hear of Scott's passing. I have so many great memories of Scott from SJP and our summer trip to Europe. We would get...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Eric Black - Astoria, NY

“Judy & Steve,Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. There is really no words to say. We pray Our Lord will hold...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Rosemary & Earl Reed - Saugus, MA

“Steve and FamilyWe are deeply saddened to hear about Scott or thoughts and prayers are with the Lais family. In Christ we all live as a family and...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Kevin Dillon - Hingham, MA

“I was lucky enough to be Scott's roommate in my second, and his first year of college at NYU. Scott was a terrific guy. He had a great presence. We...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Jack Kappler - Arlington, VA

“There are no words to express how deeply saddened I was to hear of Scott's death. Our lives change in an instant. God sends us angels, I know they...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Miller - CHESTER SPRINGS, PA

“Lois family,Sending prayers at this sad time .Know we are thinking of you.May Christ wrap His arms around you and give you some measure of comfort...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Jim and Ida Fitzgerald - Reading, MA

“Dear Steve, Judith and Jeffrey,Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your wonderful son and brother. You are in my thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Therese Wunderlich - San Diego, CA

“Steve, Judith and family.Our deepest sympathy to all of you on your tremendous loss. You are in our prayers as well as all those on the Saint Basil...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Ron Lavallee - Methuen, MA

“Steve, Judith, Jeff and extended family.Praying that you are surrounded by God's comforting arms. May His Presence bring you peace during this time...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Annette Keane Keane - newburyport, MA

“Deeply saddened. You are missed. Elaine and Jim Conway ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Elaine Conway - Manchester, MA

“Scott was a wonderful colleague, a great friend, and an intensely devoted father. My family mourns the loss of our friend, and your son and brother....Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Jonas Eno-Van Fleet - Worcester, VT

“Love and Peace,~ Mary ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Mary E. MacDonald - Topsfield, MA

“Dearest Steve, Judy, and Jeffrey-Words are so inadequate at this most difficult time. You have an army of people surrounding you. These are the...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Sepich - Hamilton, MA

“Steve and Judith: Know that the men in Norfolk have their collective arms around you and your family at this time of incredible grief and pain over...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Sr. Anne Marie Raftery - Norfolk, MA

“Dear Judy, Steve & Jeffrey,Please know of my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. I know through the gift of our faith that you know...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Stephen Ford - Billerica, MA

“My heart is breaking after hearing about the loss of your son.Lots of love. Julie (and Marilyn ) ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Julie Sbraccia-Manos - Wilmington, MA

“We have lost a brilliant mind. Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing him, please see the service details below. WMWM Salem Salem State...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Gretchen Shae Moore - Natick, MA

“Steve and Judith, Words cannot express how very sad we are for you and your family at the loss of your son Scott. Please know that we are keeping...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Carolyn Johnson - Danvers, MA

“We are so deeply sorry for the loss of your child and brother. Words are not adequate to express our deepest sympathy. Know that you are in our...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Sandy/Mary Charland/Peters - MA

“I love Uncle Scottie and the time we spent we spent together at the Audubon Sanctuary. ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Abby Czarnowski - summerfield, NC

“Prayers and condolences to a very special family. ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Maryellen Driscoll - NY - Friend

“When Uncle Scottie took me to the Audubon Sanctuary to feed the birds. I will always love him and remember him. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Abby Czarnowski - Summerfield, NC


TOPSFIELD- Mr. Scott Benjamin Lais, 44, of Topsfield, died May 25, 2016 at his home.

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, he was the son of J. Stephen and Judith Fields Lais. He was raised in Topsfield, and graduated from Shore Country Day School in Beverly and St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers. He continued his education at New York University and earned his undergraduate degree in English from Salem State University.

Mr. Lais began his professional career in the publishing industry, working in New York City as a Contract Administrator. More recently, he had worked in an accounting practice.

Scott's greatest life joy was being a father to his son, Cole. He relished the time they spent together and will be remembered by all as a dutiful and doting father.

Referred to once as having a "curmudgeonly charm," Scott was funny, thoughtful and very well read. He enjoyed the outdoors: observing birds, taunting squirrels, and spending time at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, where in recent years he had developed a mastery for foraging wild edible mushrooms. Indeed, he was also an epicure, and was especially adept at making breads, sauces and meats. Scott also had an eclectic passion for music and had amassed a sizable record collection. He was a Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins fan, something that was no easy feat throughout the years when he lived in New York. More than anything else, though, Scott was a proud, active and engaged father. He will be deeply missed and will remain in our hearts.

Scott is survived by his beloved son, Cole Lais of New York, his parents, J. Stephen and Judith Fields Lais of Topsfield, his brother, Jeffrey William Lais (and his husband, Francisco Teixeira) of San Francisco, CA, his paternal grandmother, Mary P. Lais of Washington, MO (and now St. Paul, MN) and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: Scott's Memorial Service will be held at the LaSalette Faith Community, 207 Boston St., (Youth Hall at the Topsfield Fair Grounds), Topsfield, Tuesday, May 31 at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends invited. Burial is private. Visiting hours in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) Danvers, Monday, May 30 from 3 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Lazarus House Ministries, Lawrence, MA http://www.lazarushouse.org/financial-gifts or to the charity of your choice. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com