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BOYAR, Dr. Stan
Physician, husband, father, grandfather, teacher and friend died peacefully at Foothills Country Hospice on December 3, 2014 at the age of 66. Stan is survived by his most cherished family: his wife, Avis; his children Tam, Megan, and Anna; their partners Alix, Donovan, and Geoff; grandchildren Connor, Benjamin, and Esma; Stan's brothers Gerry and Joe. Stan employed his talents as an emergency doctor close to home and abroad, practising in Calgary, Medicine Hat and in Saudi Arabia. He was the Medical Director of the Toronto Beijing Hospital in China. An accomplished physician, he is perhaps best remembered for the meaningful relationships he formed with his patients, his students, and his colleagues; for his leadership; and for his vision and ability to see the "big picture". Stan showed tremendous generosity, compassion and respect toward people and toward animals, not least his beloved Golden Doodle, Poco. Stan had travelled the world, a "global soul", but he was happiest at home in Priddis and the family cottage in White River. Stan was fearless in many aspects of his life, be it skiing deep powder or managing some of the challenges of his illness in the last year. He instilled this fearlessness in his family and friends; he gave them both roots and wings. A Funeral is scheduled for Friday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Red Deer Lake United Church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Stan Boyar's life. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Stan Boyar can be made to support the Rural Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Calgary's Department of Family Medicine. Please send cheques (payable to the University of Calgary) to the Cumming School of Medicine Fund Development Office, University of Calgary at 3330 Hospital Dr. NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 4N1. The family thanks all the health care workers in the community, hospital and hospice for their advocacy, their individual expertise and their compassion. Most especially, the family thanks their extended family members and friends for their love and support over the last year.

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Published in Calgary Herald from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2014.
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March 19, 2018
Thinking of you ..some of the pictures remind me of you folks when we were residents at the Holy together...seems just like yesterday! Much love your way! My Mom still speaks warmly of working with Stan at Dr Grainger's office...
Marina Skulsky
March 17, 2018
When people speak of someone having a warm glow about them... they are referring to someone like you Stan. Vaughan and I enjoyed a peaceful walk out at picnic lake yesterday and the beautiful blue sky, warm sun and the sparkling, snow laden lake brought thoughts of you.
Wilma Belisle
March 16, 2018
Happy Birthday dear cousin in heaven you are miss xoxo
March 15, 2018
Bro Stanley: Today it is 70 years since your debut on March 15,1948 (the Ides of March) entered a very special earthling indeed. Now you are "out of this world" and the impact that you had on us, the same. Always loving & thinking about you. J.B.
Joseph Boyar
December 6, 2017
Thinking of your family and great memories of Stan.Take care, Avis. May you have a peaceful Christmas season! With prayers and all kind thoughts...Marina Skulsky
Marina Skulsky
December 4, 2017
... behind the lens
It was the best of times! ... 3 years ago now that we said our last goodbyes my good brother. TEMPUS FUGIT! jb
December 3, 2016
... just lamenting yesteryear - 2 years ago today since you've been gone & I'm having a shot of vodka in your honour. Na Zdorovie Brother Stanley! JB
Joseph Boyar
March 15, 2016
Birthday Boy-ar
March 15, 2016
March 15, 2016 ~ Stanley Manly ... on your 68th birthday
Gone so soon,
Gone so long,
But always, you are in our thoughts & warming our hearts.
Your bro ~ J.B.
November 24, 2015
Oh Avis, I am so sorry. I did not know until this moment that Stan had passed. I didn't even know he was ill. I, like a ton of others, loved him for his gentle, kind heart and fearless tackling of life. My heart is with you. You must miss him so much. Love, Peggy
Peggy Yakimov
November 6, 2015
Celebrating a life well lived. I will cherish the memories forever. It was great having you as my cousin.
Patrick Mothersill
October 20, 2015
Dear Boyar family. We are offering our heartfelt condolences to all of your family. We only found out recently of your loss. Stan found a place in our hearts as he visited us on his way to the cottage. He joyfully shared how deeply he loved you all and how very proud he was of his family. We will miss him and his visits with Poco. God Bless.
The Greenways
January 25, 2015
Dear Avis, Tam, Megan, Anna and extended family,

Our love to you at this time. It is so inspiring to read how Stan touched so many people's lives, in so many different areas, certainly including mine. Lovely to hear Stan's teammate from high school remembering him asking about the beautiful cheerleader, Avis. A kind, gentle, involved, fearless, strong, joyful man piloting the Volkswagen van, with family and friends aboard, down the road to some exciting destination, perhaps having had a small shot of vodka before embarking. We will cherish him forever.

Love from Greg Booth & Linda Kearns, Vancouver
Greg Booth
January 24, 2015
Dear mrs.Boyar and family, so sorry to find out about Dr.Boyar,s passing away. We always enjoyed so much your visits to The Sylvia. He would always speak about his family with so much pride. We will certainly miss his wonderful smile and Unique Christmas cards. You will miss him dearly I am sure. In the name of all employees at The Sylvia Hotel...Jennifer, Ilona, Monica, Espie, Wally, Wendy, Grant, Cora,Nicholas, Sally, Glenna our most sincere condoleances.
Huguette Gingras
January 11, 2015
A great man, will be missed
I just heard of Stan Boyar's passing today! 1/11/2015....I live in Virginia. USA. I am deeply saddened by this news. I worked, taught ACLS and played with Stan in the 80's when we all worked in Saudi Arabia at King Fahad Nation Guard Hospital. Stan was like a King to me. He was an incredible Emergency Room Doctor whom I will never forget.
He will be missed my many people from around the world. I pray that one day, way in the future that I will be by his side once again in heaven where I know he must be. RIP great man. Bob
bob van sickle
December 29, 2014
Avis and family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolances for your deep loss. I have very fond memories of the short time I spent coaching our children in Riyadh. Seems a lifetime ago...and only yesterday.Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Lynn Gifford and family
December 28, 2014
Dear Avis, Tam, Megan and Anna:
We are so sorry to hear about Stan's passing. We met him and your family many years ago when I was a medical student looking to do an elective in China. Stan, along with your whole family were so kind and generous to us during our stay in Shanghai. Although we lost touch over the last few years, we do cherish those memories that we had. Stan was a remarkable physician, husband, father, and human being. We will keep your family in our prayers.

Rest in peace, Stan.
Norman & Hyounmi Mah
December 17, 2014
Dear, lovely Avis,

I was very sad to hear Stan had died. Please know I care.

Xx Tracy McChesney
tracy mcchesney
December 17, 2014
Dear Avis and family,
I was sorry not to be able to attend the funeral as my father died that day...I know Blythe really enjoyed his time in Saudi doing your Palliative care locum--it was a highlight for him!
Working with both of you at the Holy seems like yesterday and yet another lifetime away!
My mother, Ro Skulsky, also sends her sympathy as she really enjoyed working with Stan (as Dr Grainger's nurse)
Know many blessings and good memories are being sent your way!
Marina Skulsky
Marina Skulsky
December 16, 2014
Dear Avis and Family
Dear Gerry and Joe and all the Boyar Family

As long as hearts remember and as long as hearts still care, we never part with those we love - they're with us everywhere.
So may your precious memories of Stan, bring peace and comfort to you now and keep your loved one near.
May you find comfort in knowing that others share your sorrow.
Our deepest sympathies are with you at this time.

The Wozniuk Family - Archie, Olga, Stacie, Ryan, Anya, James, Andrew and Melyssa.
December 16, 2014
Dear Avis and Family, Dear Gerry, Joe and all the Boyar Families

As long as hearts remember, as long as hearts still care, we never part with those we love - they're with us everywhere....
So may your precious memories of Stan, the one your held so dear, bring peace and comfort to you now and keep your loved one near.
May you find comfort in knowing that others share your sorrow and even though the day may be dark, the sun will shine tomorrow.
Our deepest sympathies are with you at this time.

The Wozniuk Family - Archie, Olga, Stacie, Ryan, Anya, James, Andrew and Melyssa.
December 16, 2014
Dear Avis, Tam, Megan, Anna and extended family

Our most sincere condolences to all who loved and cherished Stan. We met Stan and Avis in Saudi Arabia in about 85' and we were so happy to meet this wonderful family. Stan was so much fun and so kind - he certainly had a twinkle in his eyes and a contagious smile. I'm so sorry that we haven't been in contact for the last few years, what we missed can't be recovered. We always loved Stan's Christmas cards, so creative. I have fond memories of Stan and Tim lounging in their Galabias (sp) (from Egypt). Tim
and I pray for peace for your family and that you will be
comforted. Cherish the beautiful memories I know we will.

Love you, Tim and Barbara Vawter
Tim and Barbara Vawter
December 15, 2014

Dear Avis and family,
My Dad introduced me to Stan. Even though I worked for Stan, he gave me so much more in return. I looked forward to interesting, inspiring conversations over a cup of coffee or freshly-squeezed citrus every time I came out to work in your yard. His great perspective on life was refreshing, and his support in my early years of entrepreneurship will always mean a great deal to me. Last time I saw him, he gave me a book to read, and I think he would be happy to know that I did my homework. Warm thoughts to you all in this time of loss ~Courtney
Courtney Neal
December 15, 2014
Dear Avis and Tam, Megan & Anna,

When I first met Stan back in 2005, the first thing that caught my attention was his warm, welcoming smile and firm handshake. It soon became clear that this was a person that I just liked from the start. Although business was the catalyst for our introduction, over the years as we met-up annually or sometimes semi-annually, what I always looked forward to were the interesting and thought provoking conversations we'd have. I considered Stan a friend. He was a man with a kind heart, a wonderful sense of humour and a gentle soul who embraced life to the fullest. Part of our talks would always touch on our families as we brought each other up-to-date. The pride and love he carried for each of you shone through like a twinkle in his eyes. His Everything!

My deepest condolences go out to each of you on the loss of the husband, the father, and the friend that was Stan. Cherish the Memories. My thoughts are with you. He is missed...
Wayne Neal
December 15, 2014
Dear Avis and family,
I was so sad to hear of Stan's passing. I met Stan and yourself at UofC med school. He was always so warm and open. It was a tribute to you both that your marriage was strong enough to withstand training in different provinces. His dedication to doing good was always evident. I shall miss him.
Heartfelt regards to you and your family,
Graham Law
December 14, 2014
Our most sincere sympathy to you Avis and all your children, in the loss of your dear Stan. We always looked forward to seeing him arrive once the weather in White River warmed up - he was like our sign of "spring". And that's truly what he was... A kind, gentle man that had a special glow and warmth that he naturally radiated. His visits will be greatly missed by so many White River folks, although his smile and caring nature will always remain in our thoughts.
With love & prayers,
Vaughan, Wilma Belisle & family
December 14, 2014
I met Stan in 1966 in the initial year of the Grade 13 school, Hamilton Collegiate Institute but, with our diverse paths and geography, unfortunately have seldom seen him since. I confirm that all the kind words about Stan in the Guest Book were absolutely true as a high school senior - he was fun, fearless and joyful. I got to know Stan best as teammates on the HCI basketball team. Early in the season, while we were sitting on the bench (of course we were both "starters" so that was quite memorable in itself), I definitely saw a twinkle in Stan's eye when he asked me the name of the gorgeous blonde cheerleader across the court. No surprise here, it was Avis! I am pleased that Stan and Avis had a wonderful, fulfilling life and family together, as citizens of the world. I am so very sad to hear of Stan's passing and my thoughts are with Avis and the family and wish them all the very best.
Laing Brown
December 13, 2014
Dear Avis and Family,
Stan was such a stellar guy with a smile that embraced everyone. Always open to new possibilities, his joy of life shone through in that smile. May all the memories of your interesting life together help sustain you.
with love,
Jean and Alan
December 12, 2014
Stan in WR 2004
Keith Columbus
December 12, 2014
To Stan's Family,

I am placing this message for my Brother Bill Fraser who is saddened at Stan's passing. He has fond memories of Stan a child and young man.

Sincere condolences,

Bill Fraser
Edith Fraser
December 12, 2014
Christmas Eve 1986
Great memories of shared family celebrations. He will be missed.
Dave and Madeline Newsome
December 12, 2014
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
Willie Wozniuk
December 11, 2014
Avis and family,
Stan was an amazing man and he will be missed. He had an impact on us all. I was so fortunate to have worked with him at the Holy Cross and later in Saudi Arabia. So many wonderful memories. Thinking about you and your family. Cherish the memories.
Olga Kirunchyk
December 11, 2014
Lots of Love for Dad
December 11, 2014
Picnic Table Gathering
December 11, 2014
Laying Back
December 11, 2014
May Day Wedding
December 11, 2014
Table Talk
December 11, 2014
Baba's farm
December 11, 2014
Bragg Creek Huddle
December 11, 2014
Horsing around
December 11, 2014
Uncle Gerry giving it a shot
December 11, 2014
Free-wheelin balancing act
December 11, 2014
December 11, 2014
December 11, 2014
Avis and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Stan's passing. I truly believe, he was met by a very long line of people waiting to see him again at the 'gates'...with smiles and huge hugs. I have many tremendous memories of Stan while working together at the Holy Cross ER. My thoughts are with you.
Alison Lock
December 11, 2014
Having fun at a "secret spot" in 2004
Stan truly lived his life to the fullest. He was loved and admired by all. We will surely miss him. Love always, Mary, Keith, Kevin, and Alison.
Columbus Family
December 11, 2014
Avis, Tam, Megan and Anna
So sad to hear of Stan's passing. Stan the man was so generous, compassionate, fearless and joyful - he left his mark on all he met. My heartfelt condolences. Jess
Jess Harding
December 11, 2014
Dear Avis. So sorry to hear about Stan's death. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care
Pam Brown
December 11, 2014
My sincere condolences to Avis , Tam, Megan, and Anna. Stan's life is to be celebrated for all he meant to his family, friends and those he so cared for as patients. His tall stature and presence will be missed however he will live on in the hearts of all those he touched.
Ron Wolk
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