Stan passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Polson Residential Care. He was 92 years old.
Having arrived in Canada from Bobrika Poland at the age of 9, his family settled into farming at Wembley AB until their move to Vernon BC (Swan Lake area) in 1936. He worked with his family on the farm and hauled produce to Bulmans Cannery for neighbouring farmers in the summer months, then hopped the freight trains to Vancouver to find work in the winter. On May 13, 1945 he married Nancy Kury and continued to live in the Swan Lake area until approximately 1947. It was then he found his passion in life, sawmills. He built his first sawmill in Trinity Valley and moved his family to Coldstream. He continued his work in the logging camps/sawmills for many years until building the White Swan Motel at the Kamloops junction on Hwy 97 north of Vernon in 1957. After completion of the motel, Stan returned to the logging industry building and maintaining sawmills for Walter Enquist in Sicamous, Paul Dumont at the head of the lake, Blue River sawmill, Schmidts Logging in Lumby and Gorman Brothers in Westbank BC wherein he retired at age 65.
Stan now found his second passion, fishing. Although his wife could outfish him, he was never discouraged and they spent many years in their camper and 14’ fishing boat out on the waters of lakes around Alaska and B.C., his favourite being Mica Dam north of Revelstoke. And during the winter he often headed out on his ‘scooter’ to hunt Moose.
Apart from his passions, Stan spent many hours assisting in the building of churches and summer camps for the Pentecostal Mission. He could be counted on to figure out how to install the beams or the infloor heating. Stan proved to be very clever at solving construction issues or building campers and equipment without a blueprint.
Stan was predeceased by two brothers, Bill and Archie. He will be missed by Nancy, his wife of 68 years, three children, Bob (Barb), Jim (Patty) and Judi (Marshall), ten grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Polson Residential Care for the care and compassion shown during his stay. They are truly in our hearts.
The Celebration of Life service will be held at the Vernon Full Gospel Church, Okanagan Lake Road on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 10:30 am.
Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.