Roland Stanley, Sr.

SOUTHWEST — Roland Stanley Sr., 80, of Southwest Harbor went to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 6, 2010. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, friends, hospice workers, and his favorite nurse Diane Bridges.


Roland joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948. After serving his country for four years he came home and married the love of his life, Tish Savage, on Nov. 7, 1952.

He is survived by his four wonderful children. Debra and husband Stephen Bickford, Dorene and husband Hugh Gilley, Roland and wife Sally Stanley, and Randee and husband Peter Kovacs, and special family friends Royce Osier, Diane and Myron Bridges, and Allan Murphy. He was blessed with grandchildren Heather Barnes and Bill Bonnie, Brandy Stanley, Alissa Stanley and Jeff Long, Holly Stanley and Sean Hall, Sarah Stanley, Ellen and Jason Sanchez, HJ Gilley, Justin Kovacs and Jessica Champeon; and was doubly blessed with two great-grandchildren, Lauren Barnes and Gage Greaney, and one was on the way. He also was survived by siblings Peter Stanley, Connie White, Carleen Morgan and Corrine Stokes. He was predeceased by his parents, Carlton and Hazel Stanley, and younger brother Kent Stanley.

Roland worked for Hinckley’s Boat Yard several times throughout his life. He was employed with Jarvis Newman Company for 30-odd years. While there he contributed to many phases of boatbuilding, and retired in 1996. For 18 years he worked on the Southwest Harbor Police reserve and retired as a lieutenant. Never once did he give a ticket. Roland also did boat escorting during his retirement years for Pettegrow Company.

There were many things he enjoyed with his wife such as traveling, meeting new people, and riding his motorcycle for 30-plus years. He served his church community with a compassionate heart as a head trustee.

Roland was a generous, kind man that would give you the shirt off his back if he knew it would help. He was adopted by many as a father and grandfather figure, for which he enjoyed the bragging rights. He was a man who forever changed each and every one of our lives. A special thanks goes to Sherry Rogers, Leslie King Watson, and Emma Blanchett.

A service of celebration is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 at Tremont Congregational Church. Afterward please join the family for a potluck luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Tremont Congregational Church.

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