Chief Frederick A. Stanley
1935 - 2019
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Chief Frederick A. Stanley was the son of Frederick R. Stanley and Helen (Stanley) Penardo. He as born September 21, 1935. He was predeceased by his father, mother and brother Robert E. Stanley. He leaves his wife of 58 years, Sylvia (LeCour) Stanley, his two children Lori Stanley Roeleveld, and Loren R. Stanley. He also had two in-law children, Robert Roeleveld and Catherine Stanley, four grandchildren, Zack, Hannah, Frederick II, and Norman. He had two great-grandchildren Logan and Christian.
Upon graduating from Westerly High School in 1954, Fred joined the Marines and served at the end of the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan. Upon leaving the military in 1957 Fred continued his service in the Hope Valley Fire Department. He was a deputy, then chief of the volunteer company. When the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District was established, Fred remained Chief. He was a firefighter and a chief for 51 years.
His leadership of fire organizations are too many to list. He traveled to Europe several times and brought back firefighting methods and equipment that were a benefit to the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District.
During his time as Chief, his firefighters purchased the "Jaws of Life", organized a HazMat Team, bought equipment for water rescue, built a work-out room for the firefighters, bought up-to-date fire equipment and trained all firefighters (trainers from the station and from CCRI), turnout gear was purchased for every firefighter, and a new station was built in the middle of Hope Valley.
One day a bullet hit the window sill outside of Fred's office. He then moved his office downstairs where Chief Justin Lee now works.
Calling hours will be at the Chariho Middle School from 12:30 to 1:30 on Sunday, March 31st. The funeral service will be held promptly at 2:00 PM. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery on Fairview Avenue in Hope Valley.
S.R. Avery Funeral Home will be assisting the family, for online condolences please visit
In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the F.R. Stanley Scholarship Fund - Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District, PO Box 25, Hope Valley RI 02832.

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Published in The Westerly Sun on Mar. 28, 2019.
Calling hours
12:30 - 01:30 PM
Chariho Middle School
Funeral service
02:00 PM
Chariho Middle School
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11 entries
March 25, 2020
Remembering you, Chief!
Christopher Northup
April 3, 2019
I had the privilege of working side by side at times with Chief Stanley over the years when I was a police officer within the Town Of Hopkinton. Chief Stanley was someone to be admired and respected. He was dedicated to his job and to the district her served for many years. Chief was a man you looked up to and also adhere to advice when he would give it. Fred, you will be missed and you were well respected throughout the Fire Family as well as the Law Enforcement Community. May you rest in peace and your family has my sincere condolences.
Thomas Quaratella
April 1, 2019
David & Barbara Smith
March 31, 2019
Rest in peace chief
Kimberly Dove
Kimberly Dove
March 30, 2019
Sorry for your loss
Elaine Hulsman
March 29, 2019
My condolences to the Stanley family. A great
man and a great Fire Chief. He was Hope
Pasquale Dinonsie
March 28, 2019
Sylvia so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was a big asset to the town. May God comfort you and the family in the coming days. Roland(Knobby)&Doreen Coon
Roland&Doreen Coon
March 28, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. I just was on eternity watch for my mom who saw Jesus in person on Monday, March 4. I will remember you and your family in prayer.
Barbara Irwin
March 28, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
Frank & Mary Bliven
March 28, 2019
Sorry for your loss. He was a good person
Alan and Donna Wright
March 28, 2019
William & Cheryl Ellis
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