We are all deeply saddened by the passing of our longtime friend and colleague, Kevin “Scruffy” McCarver. For more than two decades, Kevin was a key ingredient in the success and camaraderie at Edgefield. Always warm, funny and caring, he was also devoted to his craft of winemaking, and was a fixture at the Edgefield Winery from its inception.
For those who never had the opportunity to meet Scruffy down in the Winery, you can see his smiling face featured on the label of the 2010 Poor Farm Pinot Gris, along with this caption on the back of the bottle:
Since the Edgefield Winery opened its doors in 1990, enologist Kevin McCarver (a.k.a. Scruffy) has worked tirelessly in the lab and cellar, steering the wines from harvest to bottle with a jovial, mischievous approach and style all his own. Here, Scruff is portrayed at work in the lab by artist Jenny Joyce. He also puts his mark on each case of the winery’s Riesling, which is stamped with his year’s exploits, typically chronicling trips abroad or daily life in the winery.
Below is his obituary from the Oregonian, published 2/6/17:
Kevin “Scruffy” Thomas McCarver (April 16, 1948 to Feb. 03, 2017) was born in Taft, Calif., the only child of Calvin McCarver and Mary Maguire McCarver. He attended Garces HS in Bakersfield, then graduated from the University of Santa Clara. In 1971, he traveled through Europe with the band, “Oliver Sudden,” an event which cemented lasting friendships and his love of travel and music.
Upon returning, he worked 11 years at Intel, which eventually brought him to Portland. He returned to school to study winemaking, and in 1990 was hired as the oenologist at the Edgefield Manor, which brought their workforce to a total of two employees. He worked there for 22 years and helped it grow to more than 200 employees today.
Kevin loved travel, music, photography and the outdoors. He was an avid vegetable gardener and a talented bread-baker. Those who loved him describe him as fun, enthusiastic, and always the last to leave a party. “Scruffy” touched many people in his journey through life. He was a gentle soul, full of compassion and kindness. He will leave a gaping hole in many lives.
He is survived by his stepmother, Beth McCarver of San Luis Obispo; by his wife, JoJo O’Connor; and four children, Carmen Montano, Max Montano, Kevin Dickson, and Amanda Crochet, all of Portland. Those who desire may make a contribution to a charity in Kevin’s name. One of Kevin’s favorites was Medicins Sans Frontires, Doctors without Borders.
We invite friends and family to a wake celebrating Kevin, which will be held at 1 p.m., Feb. 12, 2017, in the ballroom at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale.