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Leesburg town advocate Scott Gustavson dies at 50

Gustavson was the president of Windward Commercial Real Estate Services, which owned some of the most recognizable structures in downtown Leesburg, including Lightfoot restaurant.
Well-known Loudoun County businessman and Leesburg town advocate Scott Gustavson died suddenly Wednesday night. He was 50 years old.

Gustavson was the president of Windward Commercial Real Estate Services, which owned some of the most recognizable structures in downtown Leesburg, including Lightfoot restaurant. The name and logo of his real estate company is a nod to his profound love of sailing.

He was also a former chairman of the Leesburg Economic Development Commission.

Gustavson died following chest pains in the evening, just one day after sending his three children off to their first day of the new school year.

Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd called Gustavson's death a “a huge loss.”

“Scott was such a strong supporter of the town and a truly decent man,” Umstattd said.

The mayor said Town Council will likely pass a resolution of remembrance and appreciation for Gustavson in the future.

Friend Patrick Storey posted on Gustavson's Facebook wall early this morning: “Scott Gustavson, you established the bar for friendship and will be sorely missed by many. One of the most fun and principled people I have known. Not to mention one of the bravest. Semper Fi my friend.”

"Rarely do you see someone who truly enjoyed life to the fullest as he did. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family," posted Donna Crowder.

Gustavson lived in the small town of Lincoln in western Loudoun and was a native of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.

A Gustavson family friend, Katie Barchas Wilson, called Scott “a great man; a loving husband, father, brother, and son; a trusted friend; a skilled sailor; an upright businessman; and an honorable citizen.”

“His affable demeanor and noble character made him both well-known and well-respected. In short, he was a mensch,” Wilson said.

Scott Gustavson is survived by his wife, Colleen McGovern Gustavson; three children, Finn, Declan and Britta; and four sisters, Ingrid Gustavson, Carrie Gustavson Whitmer, Ida Gustavson and Nicole Gustavson. He was the son of Susie Gustavson and Carl and Vikki Gustavson.


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