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Scott W. Rees III

January 27, 1951 - August 17, 2019

Scott W. Rees III, age 68, of Newark, DE, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Born in Wilmington, DE on January 27, 1951, he was the son of the late Scott Wiles Rees, Jr. and Martha Adele (Drendall) Rees.  After graduating from William Penn High School, Scott joined the New Castle County Police Department in 1970. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country. He was originally assigned as an MP (Military Police) and was later assigned to the CID (Criminal Investigation Division). During his tour of duty, he served in Vietnam for nearly a year. After leaving the military, he returned to his career in law enforcement with the NCCPD, where he served in the patrol and detective divisions, retiring from the department in 1987. 

After retiring from the NCCPD he went on to serve as the Chief of Police for the New Castle City Police Department for an additional 10 years.  Scott was a talented sketch artist for both the New Castle County Police and New Castle City Police Departments. He also played guitar with the First State Force Band. Scott and his late father, Scott W. Rees Jr., were at one time the only serving father/son Chiefs of Police in the United States.  

After retiring as Chief of Police from the New Castle City Police Department, Scott continued his law enforcement career as a Special Deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Scott was a history buff and enjoyed watching the History Channel, National Geographic Channel, Science Channel and of course, watching his beloved Philadelphia Eagles. As an avid fan, he and his brother Rick attended Superbowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, FL and he was thrilled when they won Super Bowl LII. He loved to paint, draw, build and tinker around with gadgets.

He loved his family, adored being a pop-pop, and his fondest memories were made spending time with his family and friends. Scott is survived by his children, Sherry W. Rees of Wilmington, DE, Scott M. Rees of Lakeland, FL and Brandi N. Rees of Berlin, Germany; grandson, Michael J. Rees; brothers, Frederick “Rick” Rees (Donna) of New Castle and Christopher D. Rees Sr. (Karen) of Atlanta, GA.; 5 nieces and nephews; dog, Pooter; and bird, Charlie.

Donations in his name may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project or Faithful Friends Animal Society of Delaware, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE  19804

All services will be held privately.

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  • Lost my brother and best friend. Will miss him til the day I die.

  • My dear brother in law whom acted as a big brother to me. Married into the family 1971. Scotty could make you laugh with some of his stories. The last 5 years Ricky and Scott got real close. Rick visited scotty everyother day. Rick would go to the store for scotty. Rick would take him to his doctor’s appointment. Help scotty with his dog pooter. Scotty made me feel better with his stories. Scotty I will miss you every day. My big brother.

  • My heart is filled with wonderful memories of our childhood and the time we spent racing from your backdoor to our grandparents and back again. The family picnics with three legged races and boxing. Dear Scotty you and your laughter will be sadly missed by all.
    Love cousin Kay

  • Brother Scott, may you find eternal peace in the house of the Lord. Condolences to Scott’s family on your loss.

  • A great man has passed on …. knew Scotty ever since my 1st days as young Deputy Attorney General in the 70’s….May Peace be with you Scotty & your Family …

  • RIP my friend and law enforcement Brother. Your mission on Earth is over. Rest easy👮🇺🇸

  • Rees Family – I am saddened to learn of Scotty’s passing. He will be remembered as a fixture in the Delaware law enforcement community. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  • Scotty , better known as “HOOTER” at times, it was me pleasure to work with on the same NCCPD platoon. We managed to get into some great police work and help a lot of people. You were an excellent police officer. Also enjoyed joining the “ROAD WARRIORS Club” with you and had a good time jogging on the banks with the club with another police agency. Rest in peace brother in law enforcement. Gone but never forgotten. “Blessed are tyhe peace keepers. For they are called the children of God.” Amen

  • So very sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace and sending lots of love ♥️

  • One of my first memories of my Uncle Scotty Rees was him coming to my parents house with his ear pierced for under cover work he was doing for the police and me being a little girl thinking “boys can pierces their ears???!!” He had the most contagious laugh that would make you crack up laughing and I loved when he would be at my grandparents house, having coffee around the kitchen table and making us laugh. Also his post always cracked me up ☺️ Gone too soon and my heart goes out to my dad Rick Rees for losing his best friend and brother, Christopher Rees & my cousins Sher Wynn and Scott Rees And Brandi Rees I know he’s reunited in heaven with my grandparents ♥️

  • Scotty, Rest In Peace my friend, we are all saddened by your loss, but the impact you had on so many of us is immeasurable! While I didn’t know you as long as some of the others, we shared a lot! Loved all the time spent with the “Band” You are now a “ Free Bird”

  • I have fond memories of Scotty, I especially enjoyed listening to him and grandpop tell stories. He loved his family with all his heart. He will be missed by many. Prayers to his family and friends.

  • Sincere condolences on you and your families loss. Hugs to you and Bub ❤️❤️.

  • To many memories scotty Love ya brother

  • RIP Scott. Prayers for the family.

  • RIP Scotty. Thank you for your exemplary service to the USA both overseas and in the homefront. You wlill be missed but remembered with fondness fellow 4th streeter.

  • Scott and I go back to first grade at Carrie Downie Elementary and go all the way through high school and beyond. He was a good tackle on our Wm. Penn football team and a great friend. He was known among his high school buddies for his great sense of humor. We know he loved his family. HIs Dad was a role model for Scott and his brothers and the rest of us. In fact, his Dad and my Dad were members of Wm. Penn Class of 1939. Thirty years later, it was an honor to be a class mate of Scott’s in 1969. Love ya, Scott.

  • Our sincere condolences to his family and friends from the New Castle H.S. DE Alumni Association

  • Scotty, You will be missed by all. Rest IN PEACE.

  • Scotty was responsible for getting me as an officer on the New Castle City Police Department.
    He was a good friend throughout my police career and afterward.
    I will miss him.

  • RIP Scotty.

  • God Bless and May you RIP my Brutha !!!

  • Thank you for a life of serving and protecting us all. God be with you

  • To all the brothers, daughters, grandson and family,
    I send wishes that this tragedy of Scotty’s passing will only let everyone remember him as a happy person. May all the memories that you share be like having him there with you.

  • My deepest condolences to the Rees family .
    May Scott RIP

  • Sincere condolences to the entire Rees family. Been friends with Scotty for better than 40 years. Going to miss him greatly.

  • LOST A ROAD WARRIOR. WHEN HE WAS WORKING ON THE STREET WITH ME, I KNEW I WOULD BE SAFE. INTRODUCED TO ME PEPPERMINT LIQUOR. YOU WERE ONE OF A KIND. RIP.

  • Fond memories of a good friend and colleague.

  • We had our ups and downs. We tried together but it just didn’t work. It’s okay, I loved our long conversations and your witty humor. I am sorry you left us so young. You will be missed, you will always be loved.

  • My favorite childhood memory of Scotty was the day we went to the pond in New Castle to ice skate. There was a young girl who had fallen through the ice, holding onto the edge, crying for help. Without a second’s hesitation, Scotty rushed to her aid. In he went, too. He held her up from behind and hoisted her onto the ice. Then he got himself out. The whole time he was trying to help her she kicked her legs furiously, which caused the sharp skate blades to gouge Scotty’s shins. He never faltered. This was perhaps his first of a full life of heroic deeds. He shall be missed by many. Until we meet again, Brave Warrior.

  • CiCi and I are very sad to hear of Scotty’s unexpected passing. We had some great times on the department and all those times the four of us went out partying. Still remembering those 0200 breakfasts after the clubs closed. Lots of good times at Mikes Famous HD working together. RIP Scotty.

  • Rest in peace Scotty. Always felt safe with you by my side.

  • Scotty, my dear friend, life will not be the same without you. From our academy days when we were on the Pudgy Platoon Protectors of the Porky Populace to working on 4 squad under Olie, you made me laugh and appreciate life when we were surrounded by nothing but society’s bad people, (I’m being reluctant to say what we really thought). I still tell the story of when I met my wife for the first time and we went to TGIF on our first date. You were there and we had a drink with you. The comment you made about my hair still has both me and my wife laughing to tears. You were one of a kind and I will miss you. RIP brother until we meet again!

  • A great friend, companion and teammate from Carrie Downie through our twenties.
    A great wit and impersonator who consistently left you in stitches laughing.
    He and his dad were 2 peas in a pod.
    The Johnathon Winters of our generation!
    They will be laughing in heaven!
    RIP Scottie

  • Scotty was such a good man. He will be missed by all who knew him.
    Prayers go out to Scotty’s family and friends

  • May God bless and comfort Scott’s family, loved ones, and friends during this time of great loss. Scott lived a full and service filled life

  • Ricky and family, Sorry for your lost and was shocked to hear about the lost of Scott. He was a great friend growing up and in high school.

  • My deepest condolences to Scottys family. I worked with Scotty at Mike’s HD. We became very close while working there and had a lot of fun. You will be missed my brother.

  • I SERVED WITH SCOTT AT FORT LAWTON, (SEATTLE , WASHINGTON) IN 1973-74 TIME FRAME, HE HAD COME IN FROM PANAMA AS I UNDERSTOOD. HE HAD LESS THAN A YEAR LEFT AND SEPARATED FROM THE ARMY HERE AND DROVE BACK EAST. I HAD CONVERSED WITH HIM ON OCCASION AND WAS SURPRISED TO FIND THIS OBITUARY ONLINE LOOKING HIM UP. HE WAS A HOOT! SAD TO HEAR HE PASSED SO YOUNG !!!! FOR THOSE IN THE FAMILY, I EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES.
    IF ANY OF HIS PICTURES FROM FORT LAWTON IN SEATTLE HAVE SURVIVED, THEY WOULD BE A TREASURE TO ME PERSONALLY, MUCH OF THE FORT DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE AS IT WAS DECOMMISSIONED SEVERAL YEARS AFTER I AND SCOTT SERVED. I AM STILL IN TOUCH WITH SEVERAL OF THE MP’S THAT SERVED TOGETHER WITH US. WE WERE WITH THE 296TH MP DETACHMENT, FORT LAWTON , ASSIGNED OUT OF THE 296TH MP COMPANY, FORT LEWIS, WASHINGTON

    WARM REGARDS,
    I CAN BE REACHED AT P.O. BOX 943, KENT , WASHINGTON 98035
    OR 206-251-5998