Scott  Hamilton Fairfax

Scott Hamilton Fairfax passed away suddenly at age 56 on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, in his home in Purcellville, VA. Scott was earnest, caring, and fun; he was larger than life.

Scott was born on October 9, 1965, in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Alexandria, VA. After serving in the Marine Corps Reserves while attending ODU, he received an honorable discharge and moved back to northern Virginia in 1987. He worked for the U.S. Parachute Association, for United Airlines as a ramp agent, TCBY as accountant and manager, and as a DJ. He later worked in real estate and started his own business, Fairfax Mortgage.

Scott met his wife of 31 years, Lynn, and had three kids, of which Scott was exceptionally proud. They lived in Burke and Woodbridge before moving to Purcellville, VA, their home of 20 years. He was actively involved in the community and his kids’ lives: coaching sports teams, passing on his love for tennis and the outdoors, ensuring they worked hard, and doing everything he could to set them up for success.

Scott retired early and spent his time playing tennis, poker, blackjack, and occasionally golf, including on his annual boys’ trip. He cheered on the Braves and his hometown Nationals and Caps. He kept up on current events, to complement his love for history, and read every day. He took care of Lynn, cooking delicious meals, and maintained a bountiful garden. He managed finances and discussed the stock market and life updates with his father. His most recent labor of love was finishing the basement into an apartment for his stepfather and his mother, for who he cared deeply.

Scott was genuinely and unapologetically himself. He was boisterous and fun-loving; he liked to joke and give people a hard time, but he was also a nurturer. He was immensely family-oriented, cultivated friendships, and had a huge heart.

Scott is survived by his wife, Lynn Ann Fairfax (Hawkins); children Melissa Lynn, Robert Hamilton, and Elizabeth Lee; father, Jay Hamilton Fairfax, and wife, Pam; mother, Brenda Lee Cates (Webb), and husband, William; sister Jennifer Fairfax-Daniel, husband Rick, and kids; sister Jessica Schaedler, husband Aaron, and son; brother Jeffrey, wife Madeline, and son; sister Kimberly Susice, husband Kent, and kids; brother-in-law David, wife Connie, and kids; and many other beloved family members and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to HeroHomes (, which is hosting the Scott Fairfax Memorial Poker Tournament in March 2022, or to World Central Kitchen (

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