A man who died near Oak Lake Beach last week is being remembered as a great outdoorsman and an extremely caring person.
Scott Preston, 55, was a hockey goalie for senior teams around the region and huge animal lover. The Sun spoke with a number of his friends, who confirmed he was the man killed in the Westman town on Nov. 12.
"He was a very happy gentleman, a happy guy," said Nicki Hack, his partner of six years. She said they met at Leon’s, while Preston was buying furniture for his Oak Lake Beach home, which he built much of himself.
He was also a mountain climber, Hack said. He climbed to Mt. Everest base camp a few years ago and summited Island Peak, a nearby mountain in the Himalayas.
Preston was very into hockey and other sports, she said, and played goalie for senior teams around Westman, including in Pipestone. He was competitive and loved to go biking and hike around the Brandon Hills with his dog, Oggie.
"He was just such a great guy," she said.
"He cared so much about everyone as well. Very involved in sports."
Brian Simpson, a close friend of Preston’s and co-worker at Brandon’s Water Treatment Plant, echoed how caring Preston was.
Simpson affectionately called Preston "Scooter" and said he also enjoyed ping pong and golf.
"I told him ‘I [have] to work my favourite day, American Thanksgiving’ and he said to me ‘Well maybe we’ll switch.’ He would do anything for you," Simpson added.
Brad Benton, another of Preston’s close friends, said he was very funny and would constantly tell jokes when the two played hockey together. He said they knew each other for approximately 35 years and also played baseball together. Preston played shortstop.
"He’s just the nicest guy you’d ever meet in your life," Benton said.
"It’s just a shock. He’d do anything for you … he treated everybody like they were a long-lost cousin."
"He just made everybody feel so special … I never seen the man mad in my whole entire life — except when he let in a bad goal."
The Brandon Wheat Kings hosted a game-worn jersey raffle in memory of Preston at Friday’s game. Proceeds from the raffle were set to be donated to the Brandon Humane Society.
A golf tournament and barbecue will be held next year in celebration of Preston’s life, according to his obituary.
Donations in memory of Preston can be made to Brandon Minor Hockey.
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