It is with great sorrow our dear “Barnardo Boy” passed away early Good Friday morning, at home with his wife Pat at his side. Born in Kenton Middlesex Eng., Stan spent his early childhood in Dr. Barnado’s orphanage in Stepney, London, always hoping to be selected for adoption in the Sunday line-ups. Predeceased by his Mother Olive Maud Eyedman, his brother Herbert and Ronald, Grandson Cory. Survived by Brother Louis, son Jason, Daughter Sharon, Grandson Taylor and Granddaughters Katherine, Veronica, Aida and Arlene.
After Barnardo’s, Stan trained as a toolmaker, this was interrupted by conscription into the REME Corp of the British Army. Stan was sent to the far East and stationed in Singapore. 1947. Stan loved this life out east. Stan’s passion was sports, he played right half in football(soccer), represented the Business House League in London, and the British Army abroad. He also won many trophies for running, the 440 yards was his favourite. He played badminton, tennis, racquetball, darts and was an excellent swimmer.
Stan met his wife Pat at a local dance, they married in 1954 at St Lawrence Church Stanmore Middx Eng., where Handels organ stands to this day. We travelled and moved many times and places and finally came back to Canada in 1969. London Life offered Stan a position as Life Underwriter with their company in Edmonton Alberta, and he thrived in that field. Broke many sales records, made many life time friendships and loved the Western way of life.
Country life was great, from horses, donkey’s, sheep and show dogs, ice skating to hockey – we did it all. The winters became too cold and we moved to Vancouver Island where Stan really got into golf. He really loved the life here, again made some great friends.
His other love was his family, for the past 24 years Cory, his disabled Grandson, was a huge part of our family and Stan tried to make each day an adventure for him. His children remember him as a fun loving, but positive influence in their lives. His close relatives and friends will miss him dearly.
He was loved by all the local children where ever we lived and especially his nieces and nephews. All his life he took on challenges, did everything well, nothing ever deterred him.
He accomplished every task set before him, never flinched. He was funny, witty, blunt and to the point, dependable honest and true. Stan knew life isn’t about how to survive the storms, but how to dance in the rain.
A Thank You to Dr. John Atherstone and Charlotte and the Home nursing team. No flowers by request – cremation has taken place. Service to be held April 25th, 1-30 pm at St Annes Church, Parksville.