October 25, 1929 ~ April 18, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce Stan passed away peacefully at home on April 18th, with his loving family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
Stan is survived by his wife, Gwyneth, and his children; Helen (Urgel), Mark, Jacquie (Ken) and grandchildren, Maggie and Daniel. Stan is also survived by his brother Frank (Sylvia) and their children in Canada, and his dear sister Doreen and numerous nephews and nieces in England, Wales, New Zealand and Australia.
Stan was born in Denbigh, North Wales in 1929, the family left Denbigh in 1935 and settled in Speke, Liverpool in 1939. Stan enlisted with the First Royal Dragoons 1947 to 1953 serving in Germany and the Middle East. Stan and Gwyn met in Liverpool in 1953 where Gwyn was an RN in the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital and they were married in North Wales in 1956. They moved to Letchworth, Hertfordshire where he worked at Vauxhall General Motors as a millwright and enjoyed amateur photography. In February 1966, Stan, Gwyn and their three small children sailed from Liverpool to Halifax on the ship RMS Carinthia, experiencing gale force winds for six days and nights. After a short stay with his brother Frank and family in Ingleside, Ontario, they drove across Canada to Port Alberni where he worked at the MacMillan Bloedel Pulp Mill.
Stan got hooked on fishing, his largest catch was 46.9 pounds which won a Tyee Club Trophy. He had a sharp eye for pool, darts and loved to dance, especially the Latin American beat. Stan and his friends enjoyed dances at the Italian Centre, Octoberfests, Europa Club Dances and for many years travelled to Victoria to attend Christmas dances at McMorran's in Cordova Bay. Throughout the years Stan enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii, gardening, swimming, running, camping, and quoting passages from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
Thank you to Dr. W. Johnsen and Dr. G. DePape. Special thanks to Marnie and Tanya and staff of VIHA Home Community Care and Home Support; without your compassionate care and support we could not have kept Stan at home during his final days. Also, thank you to the staff of Ty Watson House. And many thanks to friends and neighbours for their kind words of support.
In lieu of flowers, and if you wish, donations may be made in honour of Stan to the Ty Watson House in Port Alberni. No service by request. A celebration of Stan's life will be held at a later date for family and friends.