SURRY – Gregory Neil Stanley, 69, died Nov. 9, 2016, at home after a 13-month battle with renal cancer; a disease he met head on with grace and humor. He was born Jan. 7, 1947, in Ellsworth to Warren Derby and Dorothy Ruth (Peterson) Stanley.
He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School Class of ’65 and after a brief time at USM, he enrolled in the U.S. Coast Guard. He became an electronic tech and was stationed in Greenland and Oregon. He was responsible for all the electronic gear on the ships including the radar equipment and the maintenance of several light houses. He attended UMO on the GI Bill and graduated in 1975 with a degree in business.
He worked in installation and repair for the phone company, was a child protective case worker and supervisor for DHHS; a salesman for Pella Windows, Sunrise Glass, Mainely Vinyl and Sinclair Builders. Before his retirement he was a mortgage broker. He was the “Equipment and Tool” Chairman of the original JUMP Playground Project.
He loved watching Becca and her teammates playing soccer, basketball, and softball for BEM and EHS. He especially enjoyed going to see Becca race at Speedway 95.
His true passion was GOLF. He loved the game, the camaraderie, the courses, and the challenge. He made three hole-in-ones over the years.
Greg is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janet Arline (Black) Stanley; daughter Rebecca Sue Stanley; a very special grandson Brock Everett Blanchard; his sister Warrene Stanley Carriere (Jerry); his brothers Terry Fitch (Debby), Allen Fitch, and Ernest Fitch (Janis); many nieces, nephews, and cousins; foster daughters Tracy Woodward Jameson and Amanda Auld Brooks; his best “Good Buddy” Jim Pendergist; special friend Thelma Beal; and his dog Winslow. He is predeceased by his father, Warren Stanley; stepfather, Merritt Fitch; his mother, Dorothy Fitch; brother Danny Fitch; sisters-in-law Patty and Joanne Fitch; and nephew Toby Fitch.
A celebration of Greg’s life was held Nov. 14, 2016, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Private burial at Village Cemetery, Surry.
Special thanks to Greg’s hospice care team, Nancy Cunningham, Kate Robinson, Jan Watson and Beth Bland.
Donations in Greg’s memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, c/o EMMC Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04401, Hancock County Homecare and Hospice, 441 Main St., Suite 2, Ellsworth, ME 04605 or EHS Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 11, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.