July 1, 1947 - November 17, 2012
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MORITZ, Stanley Allen, 1289 days after his successful lung transplant, our beloved Stan passed away surrounded by his loving family. Born to Ray & Hazel Moritz on July 1,1947 in Olds, AB. Stan in his early years was a typical prairie boy spending 5 years as a cadet in the RCAC 185. His love for hockey had him refereeing for 13 years in both AB & BC. From 1966 to 1976 Stan served in the RCMP stationed in Campbell River, Courtenay and Quesnel, BC. Stan was very involved in serving his community, volunteering and working with the local CB radio clubs. When leaving the RCMP he transitioned to BC Corrections, starting with Snowden Work Camp in Campbell River then to Jordan River Work Camp and finally Vancouver Island Remand Correction Centre where Stan was very proud to play an active role in the beginning of the electronic monitoring program. In 2000, Stan met his love Angela and they were married two years later. In 2002, Stan took an early retirement due to health issues that were later diagnosed as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. After a very bumpy road, Stan received his gift of a lung transplant in 2009. He is survived by his wife Angela, mother Hazel, daughters Christel & Sherry, stepchildren: Fred, Paulina, Anthony & Aneilla, siblings: Dennis, Norma (Gulbe), Larry (deceased), Floyd, & Ron, their loving families, and 11 dearly loved grandchildren. Everyone who had the opportunity to receive the gift of Stan's friendship will sadly miss him. Thank you to all of the friends he made on his incredible life journey and to those who have supported us with their kindnesses, love and prayers. We would like to thank his doctors, nurses and staff at the ICU and 8 North at RJH. Special thanks to his respiratory therapists, the transplant team, and Dr's Levey, Wilson, Waters, Polson & Smardon; A heart felt thank you from his family as without you, Stan would not have brightened this world for as long as he did. Memorial Service Saturday November 24, 2012 at 10am - First Memorial Funeral, 4725 Falaise Dr., Victoria, BC. In lieu of flowers, please consider becoming an organ donor today at www.bctranplant.ca or make a donation to BC Transplant in Stan's honour. Organ Donation Awareness became Stan's greatest goal.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Nov. 23, 2012