Obituary of Scott A. Exley
Scott A. Exley, 55, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at his home in Pottstown, PA. Born in East Norriton, PA, on September 2, 1965, Scott was the son of Evelyn (Miksch) Missimer and Frank A. Exley.
As a graduate of the Pottsgrove Class of 1983, Scott made the most of his school years. The friendships, memories, and accomplishments made there always remained near and dear to his heart.
Scott went on earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State University in 1987 and was a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania since 1992. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity where many life-long friends and traditions were made. He started his career as an engineer with STV, Inc., working on major road, bridge, municipal, and park projects across Pennsylvania.
As a civil engineer, Scott had uncommon, entrepreneurialism, leadership skills, and business acumen. This led him and a handful of fellow employees to acquire Bursich Associates in the early 2000s when owner and founder Ed Bursich retired. He went on to become the President and majority shareholder.
Among Scott’s greatest accomplishments were driving the company toward its peak in 2007 with nearly $10 million a year in revenue and more than 100 employees. His leadership helped to expand the company, once known as a local residential land development and surveying firm, to one that worked on major infrastructure projects for customers including PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Even more challenging was navigating through the Great Recession. Scott’s business skills, mental toughness, and ability to make hard decisions kept Bursich in business at a time when many others were forced to close their doors.
Scott was also an avid hunter and a diehard Republican. Loved by many, he had a unique ability to attract new friends, which he did on many occasions at political events throughout the Delaware Valley. Scott also volunteered his time and expertise to the community by serving on the Montgomery County Planning Commission for more than 30 years.
Despite his success, Scott stayed true to his working-class roots. This was most reflected during his time as President of Bursich Associates. Scott was known for his generous support of countless local charities, youth sports teams, and municipalities. In recent years, a major highlight in his life was enjoying Friday night cigars with his friends.
In addition, Scott is survived by his mother Evelyn Missimer and husband Len, father Frank Exley and wife Marilyn; daughter Mia Pless and husband Josh; son Scott Alan Exley, Jr., and mother of his two children and soulmate forever Denise Exley. He is also survived by sister Shirley; niece and nephew Remington and Jaid Mark; multiple step siblings, nieces, and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins who all adored him.
Scott’s love of life and people were apparent to all who knew him. This love knew no bounds, and he would lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Although he will be missed terribly, those who had the pleasure of knowing him will keep his beautiful memory alive.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Tri-County Bible Church, 142 Buchert Rd., Gilbertsville, PA 19525. A Life Celebration will follow at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Scott’s memory to: Creative Health Services, 11 Robinson St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Kkumitis@creativehs.org
Houck & Gofus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, PA 19464, will be handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.houckgofusfuneralhome.com.