CUMMINGS, William Stanley (Stan)
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Born July 4, 1915 in Lurgan, N. Ireland; died December 11, 2012 in Vancouver, BC. Our dear father, husband, grandfather and friend to many passed away at 97, at peace with his Lord, surrounded by love and sighs of "see you in the morning," his own way of saying that heaven was already in view. He was predeceased in 1993 by wife Rae, the mother of his children Maureen (Don) Bennett, Bryan (Marg) Cummings and Sheila (Barry) Houser. For the last 15 years Ruth Oliver Cummings, his wife at the time of his passing, greatly enriched his life. Stan was a child of Irish immigrant parents and the eldest of five children who made Edmonton their new home in the early 1920s. This was his first port of call in a full and varied life that included service in the RCAF as a radio technician, a very successful career with Canada Post, taking early retirement in Vancouver as District Director in the mid- seventies. Still a very vigorous man, he plunged into a multitude of endeavours that spanned the next 35 years, crafting no less that four grandfather clocks, many pieces of furniture, and was an excellent carpenter who played an early role in the creation of Regent College of Christian Studies at UBC. He engaged in numerous fix-it projects at his home church of Granville Chapel, where he also taught ESL as a volunteer well into his nineties. He was an accomplished organist who could still evoke the glories of Bach. His wit and intellect remained sharp until the end. He was a deeply modest man whose shoes will be impossible to fill, but he leaves a legacy of a long rich life well-lived and a host of loving extended family too numerous to name. A private graveside service of committal will precede a public celebration of Stan's life at Granville Chapel, 43rd and Granville Street, Vancouver, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 19 to which all friends and acquaintances are very welcome. Pastor Andy Perrett will preside. To honour Stan, donations can be made to the Trevor Bennett Memorial Fund c/o Regent College or to Granville Chapel in memory of him.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Dec. 14 to Dec. 17, 2012