Passed away peacefully with his family at his side May 17th 2008-05-26
Born in St. Janez, Slovenia on October 21, 1938, survived by his devoted wife and best friend Laurie, their children: Stanley Jr. (Alison), John (Julie), Marcel and daughter Ana; grandchildren: Circe, Joel, Blaise Jessica, Samantha and Katelynn.
Predeceased by sons Christopher and Roy.
Early years of Stan’s life began with the tragedies of war which claimed his father and younger brother, with the company of a close friend Stan escaped to Canada to begin his family.
Laurie came into Stan’s life in the late 70’s where their families became as one. Stan worked as a heavy-duty machine operator for most of his young life until a crippling work accident made for a change to his career.
A true ability with mechanics he soon found his passion for motorcycles and became a full time mechanic at Chilliwack’s Harley Davidson shop, Stan led an exciting life touching the lives of his fellow Harley riders many becoming very close, he often referred to the special ones calling them his “brothers”.
His love of the outdoors soon took Stan and Laurie to the Okanagan, semi-retired, to a small hobby farm. The local lakes called to him and he began to spend many times fishing from dawn till dusk.
With the tragic loss of Christopher, youngest of children, Stan sold his Harley and began to focus more of his time with family. He often talked of how proud he was of his children and their accomplishments.
Stan became ill in 2007 and found the farm was too much, deciding for an easier lifestyle fully retiring to the shore of Peachland.
Stan will be missed, his crazy sense of humour, his mischievous ways, a true friend, father and husband.
He had a favourite saying “A single stick between hands holds no strength; many sticks in your hands will add strength.
With family and friends you will have all the strength you will need.”
Funeral service to be held in Chilliwack at the Chapel of Henderson’s Funeral Home 2 p.m. Friday May 30, 2008.
A special thanks to father in-law and good friend Gerry, Dr. Wildgrube the palliative care team, specialists and resperology, and Peachland Pharmacy. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice.