DELANEY: Stan (Stanley) Charles, of St. Thomas

Stan DelaneyDELANEY, Stan (Stanley) Charles, of St. Thomas, passed away suddenly in the Intensive Care Unit of the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in his 66th year.  Stan’s journey after surviving life altering spinal cord injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in July 1967, at the age of 18, was truly remarkable.  He was determined to rise to the call, transitioning from a high school drop-out to graduating from Humber College in Toronto, which culminated in the position of Library Assistant for the Ontario Association for the Developmentally Handicapped for over 16 years.  He then moved on to a position as Manager of Communications for the HDDC & the CTEA, St. Thomas where he remained until his mobility became compromised by his longstanding physical challenges.  He was an avid reader, fisherman, camper, amateur photographer, and cribbage and scrabble/crossword puzzle player.  Stan embraced colorful dialogue and the natural habitat.  He had fond memories of growing up in Lively, ON with all the adventures of the northern landscape, coupled with fond memories of leisure and recreation at the family cottage near Parry Sound.  He was fiercely independent to the end, and left this world on his own terms.  He is survived by his dear sister Brenda Drysdale of Levack, dear niece Cindy of Sundridge, nephew Sheldon of Levack, one great nephew and two great nieces.  He is also going to be missed by his dearest friend and soul-mate Dianne Lesperance of London, coupled with his loyal friend and colleague Allan Tucker of St. Marys, and memorable professional liaison with Eddy Tschirhart of Waterloo.  In keeping with Stan’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service.  His cremated remains will be inurned with his dear parents, the late Vince (2004) and Betty (1984) Delaney, in New Greenwood Cemetery, Sault Ste. Marie.  Memorial donations to Spinal Cord Injury Ontario or the charity of one’s choice gratefully acknowledged.  Finally, we would like to thank his dear friend, Joe Moczulski for being there and supporting Stan in the last couple of years.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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