Stanley J. Dlugozima
1929 - 2020
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Stanley J. Dlugozima passed away at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility on August 22nd at the age of 91. He was born in Easthampton June 21,1929 the son of the late Alexander and Alexandra (Kowalczyk) Dlugozima. He attended local schools and the former Sacred Heart School. His wife, of 35 years, Frances passed away in 1985.

Stanley worked for Paragon Rubber at the age of 16 and was later employed by Hampton Specialty for many years. He retired from Amherst College in 1991 after 25 years of employment.

At a young age, Stanley became an alter boy at Sacred Heart Parish. One of his favorite stories to tell was how he came home one day and his mother told him the priest wanted to send him to seminary school and would pay for it. His response was "I don't want to be a priest, I want to play baseball!". His love for baseball started at the age of 8. At the age of 15, he played for the American Legion team and in 1946, they won their division for the first time. He always talked about how he hit a double off of Art Ditmar who went on to play major league baseball. In 1949 Stanley tried out for the New York Yankees. Anyone who knew Stanley, knew that he loved the Yankees and rooted for them his whole life. Yes; he was given a hard time by many Red Sox fans but he took it well. Every conversation with Stanley ended with the words "Joe DiMaggio was the greatest ball player that ever lived".

Stan loved riding the train and often took it to New York to spend a weekend or go to Yankee Stadium . His second love was thoroughbred horse racing which took him to Saratoga Springs every season as well as the Three County Fair. Yes, if he won that was great but even better was being at the track and sharing his excitement with the crowd. Even into his 80's Stan would ride the bus daily to Northampton where he would frequent many downtown businesses and make friends everywhere he went. He was affectionately known as "Stan the Man" to many. He didn't need extravagance; he enjoyed the simple things in life. Prior to residing at Linda Manor, Stan would walk to Dunkin Donuts every morning being the first to arrive before meeting his special group of friends who would sit and chat for hours. It was once suggested that he pay a visit to the Senior Center and his reply was "no, that's for old people". At the time, he was 80. He would often say that hanging out with younger people was what kept him youthful.

He is predeceased by his three brothers, Chester, Alexander Jr., and Joseph, a sister Celia and Jenny.

He is survived by his two daughters Donna Dlugozima of Easthampton and Anne Young and her husband Robert, who was like a son to him. A sister Gladys Lithanstanski, a sister-in-law Mona Cribb and several nieces and nephews. Also; a dear friend and companion Hanna Cahillane.

The Funeral Service and burial will be private.

The family would like to thank Linda Manor Extended Care Facility for the excellent and loving care they gave our father while he was there.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to Linda Manor Extended Care Facility, Attention Activities Director, Forestview Unit, 349 Haydenville Road, Leeds, MA 01053 Mitchell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 25, 2020.
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September 8, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Anne, Bob & Donna.

Ed & Shirley Hennessy
August 29, 2020
Anne and Bob

Sorry about the loss of your dad. Sending our caring thoughts to you both.

Jackie and Frank
Jackie and Frank
August 29, 2020
I met Stosh at Linda Manor when my mother Eleanor Farrick was there. He was a joy to talk to with his beloved yankees hat always on. What a great segway to start a conversation. After my mother passed I went back, I had to and saw Stanley one more time he gave me a big wave goodbye RIP.
August 27, 2020
My Buddy My Stan the Man!
Sandy Andrzejewski
August 27, 2020
We loved Stanley. He use to keep everyone entertained at A Pleasant Variety in Easthampton with stories during his visits. Sorry to hear of his passing.
Michelle Pontbriant
August 26, 2020
Anne & Bob,
So sorry to hear about your dad.
Mary Jane (Adams) Schroeder
August 26, 2020
Condolences to The Dlugozima Family.
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