Longtime Arnold councilman, clerk Oscar Doutt dies
A former longtime Arnold councilman and city clerk has died.
Lifelong Arnold resident Oscar Scott “Pudgy” Doutt Jr. was born in a Third Avenue house in 1937 and died Wednesday at his home while with his family. He was 82.
Doutt had been a councilman for more than a dozen years while he worked at Braeburn Steel. He retired after 35 years but then started working for his hometown as city clerk, in effect its manager, in 1982. He retired in 2011.
“He was honest and kind-hearted and very civic-minded,” said his son, Eric Doutt, who is Arnold’s police chief.
Doutt was an Arnold Citizen’s Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 firefighter for more than 50 years. He was one of the first to arrive at an Arnold lumber yard blaze on a frigid night in the 1980s.
According to the Valley News Dispatch account, the flames destroyed the lumber yard, two vacant houses, and a group home for boys.
Doutt was among firefighters standing in a doorway when the super-heated air blew the surrounding wall into the street.
“Some of the blocks landed at our feet,” Doutt recalled in a story about the blaze years later. “If we had been inside or against the wall, we would have had it.”
Former Arnold Mayor John Campbell remembers two things about Doutt.
“Oscar got along with people. But he didn’t take any guff,” said Campbell, who replaced him on council.
Doutt “wore Arnold on his sleeve,” Campbell said.
Pam Moses worked with Doutt about 20 years before retiring in 2015. She is the current township manager in Fawn.
“He was a very good guy who did everything he could to help people,” she said. “He was a wonderful boss and a good person.”
Surviving are his children, a daughter, Leslie (Mark) Santucci, of Arnold; two sons, Mark of Lower Burrell, and Eric, of Arnold; eight grandchildren; a sister, Mary Johnson, of Philadelphia; and a brother, Joe Doutt, of Lower Burrell, who is a retired Arnold police chief.
Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rusiewicz Funeral Home Inc.at 1400 Fifth Ave., Arnold. A Mass will be celebrated there Saturday at 10 a.m.
Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .