Stanley T. Desmond Jr.

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CHARLEMONT - Stanley T. Desmond Jr., 69, of 11 High Street, died Saturday, March 23, at home.
He was born in Springfield, Nov. 5, 1943, the son of Stanley T. and Ethel Mae (Ward) Desmond. He was one of 14 children. In his earlier years, he lived in Savoy and attended Adams High School in Adams.
Desmond was a U.S. Marine veteran, serving three tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and several other medals.
He lived in Charlemont and spent much time in Heath and Savoy. He was most recently a caretaker for the property of Jean Claude van Itallie in Rowe. He was an artist and naturalist which were reflected in his paintings.
Survivors include six sisters, Myrtle Blair of England, Alfreda Ledbetter of Boston, Sheila Palmer of Ludlow, Jacquelyn Scott of Boston, Joan Carson of Boston and M. Diane Dollison of Florida; one brother, William Desmond of Poughkeepsie, NY; as well as many other nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers and four sisters.
He also leaves his longtime companion, Monika Posl of Heath, who considered Stanley her soulmate.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home in Shelburne Falls.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (online) or P.O. Box 160, Hatfield, MA 01038, Mass. Audubon, 208 S. Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773 or a .
To send a message of condolence, visit: www.smithkelleherfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Recorder on Mar. 27, 2013
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