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HENRY FRANCIS STANNARD

HENRY FRANCIS STANNARD - BURLINGTON - Henry Francis Stannard died peacefully on Oct. 31, 2012, in Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center in Burlington. Born in Burlington on Feb. 3, 1920, the youngest of Charles and Agnes (Nephew) Stannard's 13 children, Hank spent the whole of his life as a proud Burlington resident. Hank attended Cathedral Elementary School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1939, where he was a four-year member of the baseball and basketball teams. Named to the All-Northern Basketball Team in 1938, and the All-State teams in 1938 and 1939, he was captain of the Cathedral High School State Champions in 1939, the first time the team had won the championship since 1922 when his older brother, Gus, was captain. On his induction into the Rice-Cathedral Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994, Hank's former teammate, Robert "Red" Merola, said of him, "there never was a more unselfish player nor a greater gentleman on or off the court." After graduation, Hank continued playing basketball in semi-pro Gold Medal Tournaments, garnering Sportsmanship, MVP and All-Tournament awards along the way. Hank attended St. Michael's College for a year, before being called to serve his country during World War II as a corporal in the U.S. Army stationed in England. After his return to Vermont, he married Patricia Ellen Kelley in 1947, and he and Pat made what would be their lifelong home among their friends and relatives in the Burlington area. He was a small business owner for many years, before joining George Little Press as a platemaker. In retirement, his warm and friendly personality made him a popular crossing guard for the Burlington School Department. Over the years, Hank was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, and the Burlington Men's Softball League. He served as a commissioner on the Burlington Parks Department Board of Directors and, for several years, as a Little League coach. He was a lifelong member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington and, more recently, of St. John Vianney Parish in South Burlington. A loyal Yankee fan, Hank loved taking his family to Fenway Park for their games with the Boston Red Sox. He cherished his summers at the family's camp on Spaulding's West Shore, and was famous for his excellent barbecued chicken, Michigans, grilled chuck steaks, gallettes, and fried perch. He was never happier than when he was cooking for a boisterous houseful of friends and family. In later years, Pat and Hank enjoyed many winter trips to Florida, where they made numerous new friends and acquaintances and rediscovered some old ones. Hank is survived by his beloved wife, best friend and steadfast caregiver, Patricia Stannard. He also leaves his children and their spouses, Daniel Stannard and Anne Thompson of Burlington, Neil Stannard and Jane Whittington of West Lebanon, N.H., Beverly Stannard Martin and Gary Martin of Colchester, and Mary Bea and Michael Healey of Louisville, Ky. He was dearly loved by his grandchildren, Geoffrey and Dwight Stannard, Tyler and Marc Stannard, and Matthew, Douglas, Rebecca, and Gregory Healey. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and 12 siblings. Hank's family would like very much to thank the wonderful nurses, caregivers and staff at both the Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center and Fletcher Allen Health Care for their expert and loving care and attention during Hank's final days. Visiting hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main Street, Winooski. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 165 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington, with interment at Resurrection Park immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hank's memory may be made to Rice Memorial High School, 99 Proctor Ave., So. Burlington, VT 05403.


Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 2, 2012
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