“He was always smiling. Never heard Scott say anything bad about anyone.”
These words were heard often as news spread last week after a friend of Sarasota and the Longboat Key community — Scott Pastor — died at the age of 48.
“Scott was very close to his mother and father — Sylvia and Irwin. He was also such a family man — he adored his wife, Keely, and his daughters, Violet and Ruby. They are going to miss him.”
These kinds of words continued in conversations at his restaurant where the loyal staff continued throughout the passing days. Scott died suddenly from a heart attack and it left many grappling with the unexpected loss.
Many in the community knew Scott Pastor as the face behind Webber’s Hot Dogs — his celebration of everything Buffalo.
At Webber’s, Sarasotans enjoyed all of Scott’s hometown’s favorites, including Sahlen’s hot dogs charred over hardwood charcoal and Buffalo wings as well as onion rings and Philly Cheesesteaks made from scratch.
The restaurant continued Scott’s love affair for all things Buffalo, extending to his lifelong passion for the Bills, the Sabres and the game of hockey.
Scott was connected to Buffalo and Sarasota and Longboat Key for decades. Scott’s father, Irwin Pastor, is a Longboat Key commissioner.
But even more important is the close relationship Scott and his father and his mother had day in and day out. Irwin often helped at the restaurant and Scott would bring his restaurant on the road and cater Longboat events.
When Scott opened the restaurant in 2015, he was overjoyed with the community support.
“The response has been overwhelming and tremendous. I thought we’d be busy, but never like this,” said Scott.
Scott added that the first night open, the restaurant did more business than he had forecasted for the first week.
When Scott was not busy working, he spent time with his wife, Keely, and their two daughters, Violet and Ruby.
Scott Pastor was the third generation of his family to work for Pepsi-Cola Buffalo Bottling Corp.
An Amherst native, Scott attended Park School before his family moved to Cherry Hill, N.J. After graduating from high school there in 1986 and returning home to attend Buffalo State College, he began working at Pepsi, rising to the position of senior vice president of sales and marketing and serving on the board of directors.
Dating back to the 1950s, the Pastor family became synonymous with the Pepsi brand, and longtime local hockey fans remember the Pepsi bottle-cap logo with the word “Buffalo” that graced the front of the Buffalo Bisons jerseys before the Sabres came to town in 1970.
The Pastor family sold the business to Pepsi Bottling Group in 2002, ending its almost half century of local ownership.
In Florida, Pastor continued his business ventures, opening the Webber’s Grill in early 2015. His business supported many charity fundraisers, and its financial success led Scott to begin planning an expansion of the business throughout Florida before he died.
Survivors include his wife, Keely; two daughters, Violet and Ruby; his parents, Sylvia and Irwin Pastor; and two sisters, Lisa Friedman and Victoria Pastor Lerman. He was preceded in death by his brother, Todd.
Funeral services were held Sunday in the Sisterhood Chapel at Temple Beth Zion on Delaware Avenue.
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