Lt. Col. Stanley Krol, Jr.
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U.S. Army, Retired; of Pepperell; 75
PEPPERELL -- Lt. Col. Stanley Krol, Jr., U.S. Army, Retired, of Pepperell, passed away on August 3, 2011, at the Highlands in Fitchburg, Mass., after a lengthy illness.
Born February 16, 1936 in Waltham, Mass. to Helene (Betts) and Stanley Krol, Stan was a standout football and ice hockey player at Waltham High School and later at Northeastern University where he earned a bachelor's degree in finance. He was a member of Northeastern's Army ROTC and received his commission upon graduation in 1960.
Stan's Army career spanned 21 years and included two volunteer tours in Vietnam. As a major in the Signal Corps, he was responsible for forward radio tower operations and was commended for exemplary service and for improving the morale of his units. He was awarded the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service and Army Commendation Medals, as well as numerous other commendations. He also served in Turkey, Korea, bases in the U.S. and at the Pentagon. From 1977 to 1980, he led the reserve training program of the U.S. Army Intelligence School, Fort Devens.
After retirement from the Army, Stan became the personnel manager at Bemis Bag Co. in Pepperell, and part-time sports reporter for the Times Free Press covering high school football, which later led to a three-year stint as editor. During this time, Stan met his wife and loving companion of 33 years, Elaine (Allen). Stan and Elaine "retired" to their modest home on Plum Island, Mass. in 1987, where Elaine began her second career (at Governor Dummer Academy) and Stan became a caregiver for Companion Care and Turning Point of Newburyport. They lived there happily for many years before returning to Pepperell in 2005.
Stan was a voracious reader and newshound; he loved to travel and experience new places and adventures; he loved to entertain family and friends with thoughtfully-planned gourmet meals; he loved to dance and sing and was always whistling -- his smile was ready and his laugh was infectious. Stan was an athlete and avid sports fan -- he loved to play golf and fish, and he enjoyed all sports, but especially football and ice hockey. He coached PAT Youth Hockey and he followed high school and college teams in both sports -- he and his sons were stranded at the old Boston Garden during the Blizzard of '78 while attending the Beanpot Tournament.
Stan is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; daughters Kayla Galanos of Shirley, and Janine Miner of Pepperell; sons, Gary of Candia, NH, and Johnny of Loveland, CO; step-daughters, Dawn (Allen) Kilbourn of Townsend, and Lisa (Allen) Cramb of New Boston, NH; step-sons, William J. Allen of Philo, CA, and Michael Allen of Pepperell; sons- and daughters-in-law; 14 grand-children and two great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother, John of Littleton, NH; sisters, Sandra Miller of Stoddard, NH, and Helene Harrison, also of NH; as well as several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
Stan was predeceased by his parents, and his step-sons, Mark and Terry Allen.
KROL -- of Pepperell, Lt. Col. Stanley Krol Jr., August 3, 2011. A memorial service will be held at the Community Church of Pepperell, Townsend St. 10 A.M., Saturday, September 10, 2011 followed by burial in the Park Street Cemetery -- all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stan's memory to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (www.fallenheroesfund.org) and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (www.michaeljfox.org). Arrangements by Hamilton-McGAFFIGAN Funeral Home, 37 Main St., Pepperell, MA. Please see www.mcgaffiganfuneral.com
Published in Lowell Sun on Sept. 6, 2011