Thomas Roy Stanley, 77, of Williamsburg died peacefully at home surrounded by friends and family on Tuesday, Aug. 28. He fought a long and brave battle against metastatic melanoma.
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He was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on April 19, 1935, to Earl Harrison Stanley and Bernice Earhart Stanley and moved with his family to Portland, Ore., when he was 3 years old. He had resided in Williamsburg since 1998. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles David Stanley.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his sons, Mark Stanley and Gavin Stanley; Gavin's wife, Colleen; his stepdaughter, Greta Davison, and her husband, Brian; as well as six grandchildren: Ryan Stanley, Christopher Stanley, Ella Stanley, Will Stanley, John Davison and Audrey Davison. He was blessed with many dear friends, including lifelong friend Lorna Clark and her husband, Jeff.
Tom's love of flying was in his blood. Amelia Earhart was a distant cousin, and he received his private pilot's license in Portland at the age of 17. Shortly after completion of his education at Portland State University, he was hired by Pan American Airlines to be part of a Think Tank on how to deal with the problem of handling the increased amount of baggage with the introduction of the new "Jumbo Jets." His airline career took off from there, and he enjoyed his work overseeing properties and facilities for 25 years with Pan Am and 15 years with United Airlines. Late in his career he represented United Airlines in the construction of the Hong Kong International Airport. His work necessitated a few changes of address, including Portland, Wantagh, N.Y., Barrington, Ill., Hong Kong, and finally retirement to Williamsburg.
During his retirement he was a member of the Virginia Historical Aviation Society and Williamsburg United Methodist Church. He also enjoyed volunteering for Colonial Williamsburg.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Aug. 29 to Sept. 28, 2012