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Age 80

Date of Death May 9, 2016

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and a celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at Brewster’s, 5135 Portage Rd., Portage, MI 49002.

Obituary Notice

Age 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 9, 2016, after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was born in Kalamazoo, on March 8, 1936, the son of the late LD “Jake” and Maxine (Stephenson) Stanley. Patrick was a lifetime resident of Kalamazoo where he graduated from Central High School.
Patrick spent his college years at Western Michigan University where he graduated with a BA. He was a proud member of both the WMU football and swim teams, a very active member of the Delta Chi fraternity and remained active as an alumnus with the fraternity for many years. Upon graduation, Patrick began his career working in sales for Hapman Corporation. It was at Hapman Corporation that he met his future wife, Doreen, when she parked in his custom parking space. On November 30, 1963, Pat and Doreen married. Shortly after they began their family, Pat commenced a career in real estate that spanned 50 years.
Pat worked for several real estate offices and co-owned Cambridge House Realtors between the years of 1970 through 1980 and ERA Prestige Realtors in the 1990’s. He was very proud to be a real estate broker and was elected President of the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors in 1989. Patrick’s work in real estate led him to eventually partner with his son, Aaron, for 15 years. He remained active as a real estate agent until just prior to his diagnosis in February.
Patrick was very active in the community, as well, throughout his life. He was the founding President of Kalamazoo Academy (now Kalamazoo Country Day School) where he developed close friendships with other founding members. He was on the Salvation Army board and spent many winters charming shoppers while he rang the bell during the holidays. He was on the Kalamazoo Foundation Board, a member of AMBUCS, Knights of Columbus, and was also a lifetime member of the Kalamazoo YMCA where he excelled in paddleball. He enjoyed many years being active at the Y and spending time with his close YMCA friends.
Patrick was a joy to be around with his great sense of humor and personality to match. He was a true Irishman; he loved being Irish and believed that St Patrick’s Day was designed with him in mind. Pat loved a good cold beer, a raunchy joke and a crowd of friends around him; he loved meeting new people and made friends wherever he went. Pat was very loyal to his friends and held those friendships close to his heart. His warm smile and welcoming handshake will be missed by all who knew him.
Patrick was a loving husband, father, grandfather and sibling who leaves behind the legacy of a life well lived. He loved being with his family, he adored his wife and children, their spouses, his grandchildren and his dog, Molly. He was a protective and nurturing big brother to his siblings, Michael and Colleen.
Any occasion would easily turn into a family event, once one person went to the house, the rest showed up hoping that Dad would fire up the grill for his barbecue chicken or just to hang out around the fireplace to talk and laugh. As much as Patrick enjoyed spending time at home with his family, he and Doreen also enjoyed spending their summers at their summer retreat on Lake Michigan. As his family grew and grandchildren came along, the lake continued to be a special place for family get-togethers and spending time with his very special lake friends.
Patrick was married to Doreen Stanley, who survives, for 52 years. He is also survived by four children, Kimberly (Randy) Wason, Heather (Ron) Sutton, Aaron (Jody) Stanley, Kelly (Hope) Stanley; six grandchildren, Trevor and Rachel Wason, Ryan and Kalie Stanley, Maggie Sikkema and Dexter Stanley; two siblings, Michael Stanley and Colleen Scott; mother-in-law, Doris Ruiter; many nieces, nephews, and friends.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may made to the Patrick Stanley Memorial Fund (checks payable to fund), c/o of the funeral home.

Joldersma & Klein
917 S. Burdick St.
269-343-2628




Condolence Messages(8)
Words cannot describe the sadness that I feel at this time. Papa S was a huge part of my childhood, my adulthood, and now that of my children's. I will always hold tight to the memories that I have of him at the the lake and at Christmas. He's a part of the person that I am today. There is a huge void left in our entire family's heart. We love you Pat!

Alison Lee gave their condolences on 5/11/2016 at 11:56 AM    


Pat touched many lives. I feel blessed to have known him for all these years. Troy and I will hold our memories close to our heart of Pat. So many stories of him can't help but make us smile and laugh. Prayers to the family as find a new normal.

Jody Pietenpol gave their condolences on 5/11/2016 at 1:34 PM    


Heather and Aaron, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family.

Amy (Newell) Pierce gave their condolences on 5/11/2016 at 9:05 PM    


Remembering Pat's kindness to me many years ago.

Naomi Richter gave their condolences on 5/12/2016 at 11:09 AM    


Top o' the mornin' t'ya! I'd say to good ole Pat, no matter the time of the day. I met Patrick Stanley after Kamlesh and I had seen some 80 houses; he sold us our home (the 2nd shown by him) at first sight. A keen student of human nature, perceptive to a fault of what the other person needed, he'd be remembered by me for ever more as a strapping young man of 34 with spring in his step honed at YMCA's paddle-ball courts. In the mornings now, a mini throng would huddle around Patrick to hear his latest tale. The hush would betray that the anecdote was heavy, belying the nature of the premises in which it was recounted. He was a dear, dear person -- oblivious to your race, gender, faith and political attitude. Our relationship straddled a multitude of divides, and was leavened by a shared partiality to cold, cold beer and love of everything Oirish. I can see him even now, a slanted tammy o'shanter purloined from a Scot neighbor on his head, chuckling at my prolixity. All that wonderful stuff written by others is echoed here; but his love for family and loyalty for friends need to be annexed here, next to his ardent love for Doreen (his Dee, a name recited by him always with a special glint in his handsome eyes). Top o' the mornin', mate -- always. Visho

Dr Visho Sharma gave their condolences on 5/13/2016 at 11:04 AM    


He was such a good person. Always ready to help a friend or fellow Realtor. Steve and i enjoyed spending time with Patrick and Dee. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Fran Suhr gave their condolences on 5/14/2016 at 1:09 PM    


Dear Dee and kids, I have no idea how to express my sympathies over the loss of your husband, your father. and my dear friend and lake neighbor. He was an expert advisor of all things landscaping and old trailer repair; more than I could have ever wished for. His absence from this world will be greatly missed. What won't be missing is all the memories of a great man with a wonderful sense of humor, fast witty comebacks, and enough stories to fill our hearts content. He sold me my house while calming all my fears at first time ownership and included me in the annual christmas eve party making me feel like family at a time when it was most needed. Like so many he met, he touched our lives and his memory will forever be special in our hearts.

Kathy Dilsaver gave their condolences on 5/16/2016 at 1:31 PM    


Doreen and Family: my heart goes out to you all during this time of loss. Mr. Stanley was a character and always could come up with some great reasons for eating "bad' things when I would see you 2 at the store!!! His humor and wit will live on in all of you and such great memories. my deepest sympathy. Peg Kwasniewski ole Borgess Buddy and Heather's work buddy

Peg Kwasniewski gave their condolences on 5/18/2016 at 1:48 PM    

Age 80

Date of Death May 9, 2016

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and a celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at Brewster’s, 5135 Portage Rd., Portage, MI 49002.

Obituary Notice

Age 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 9, 2016, after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was born in Kalamazoo, on March 8, 1936, the son of the late LD “Jake” and Maxine (Stephenson) Stanley. Patrick was a lifetime resident of Kalamazoo where he graduated from Central High School.
Patrick spent his college years at Western Michigan University where he graduated with a BA. He was a proud member of both the WMU football and swim teams, a very active member of the Delta Chi fraternity and remained active as an alumnus with the fraternity for many years. Upon graduation, Patrick began his career working in sales for Hapman Corporation. It was at Hapman Corporation that he met his future wife, Doreen, when she parked in his custom parking space. On November 30, 1963, Pat and Doreen married. Shortly after they began their family, Pat commenced a career in real estate that spanned 50 years.
Pat worked for several real estate offices and co-owned Cambridge House Realtors between the years of 1970 through 1980 and ERA Prestige Realtors in the 1990’s. He was very proud to be a real estate broker and was elected President of the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors in 1989. Patrick’s work in real estate led him to eventually partner with his son, Aaron, for 15 years. He remained active as a real estate agent until just prior to his diagnosis in February.
Patrick was very active in the community, as well, throughout his life. He was the founding President of Kalamazoo Academy (now Kalamazoo Country Day School) where he developed close friendships with other founding members. He was on the Salvation Army board and spent many winters charming shoppers while he rang the bell during the holidays. He was on the Kalamazoo Foundation Board, a member of AMBUCS, Knights of Columbus, and was also a lifetime member of the Kalamazoo YMCA where he excelled in paddleball. He enjoyed many years being active at the Y and spending time with his close YMCA friends.
Patrick was a joy to be around with his great sense of humor and personality to match. He was a true Irishman; he loved being Irish and believed that St Patrick’s Day was designed with him in mind. Pat loved a good cold beer, a raunchy joke and a crowd of friends around him; he loved meeting new people and made friends wherever he went. Pat was very loyal to his friends and held those friendships close to his heart. His warm smile and welcoming handshake will be missed by all who knew him.
Patrick was a loving husband, father, grandfather and sibling who leaves behind the legacy of a life well lived. He loved being with his family, he adored his wife and children, their spouses, his grandchildren and his dog, Molly. He was a protective and nurturing big brother to his siblings, Michael and Colleen.
Any occasion would easily turn into a family event, once one person went to the house, the rest showed up hoping that Dad would fire up the grill for his barbecue chicken or just to hang out around the fireplace to talk and laugh. As much as Patrick enjoyed spending time at home with his family, he and Doreen also enjoyed spending their summers at their summer retreat on Lake Michigan. As his family grew and grandchildren came along, the lake continued to be a special place for family get-togethers and spending time with his very special lake friends.
Patrick was married to Doreen Stanley, who survives, for 52 years. He is also survived by four children, Kimberly (Randy) Wason, Heather (Ron) Sutton, Aaron (Jody) Stanley, Kelly (Hope) Stanley; six grandchildren, Trevor and Rachel Wason, Ryan and Kalie Stanley, Maggie Sikkema and Dexter Stanley; two siblings, Michael Stanley and Colleen Scott; mother-in-law, Doris Ruiter; many nieces, nephews, and friends.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may made to the Patrick Stanley Memorial Fund (checks payable to fund), c/o of the funeral home.

Joldersma & Klein
917 S. Burdick St.
269-343-2628



Condolence Messages(8)
Words cannot describe the sadness that I feel at this time. Papa S was a huge part of my childhood, my adulthood, and now that of my children's. I will always hold tight to the memories that I have of him at the the lake and at Christmas. He's a part of the person that I am today. There is a huge void left in our entire family's heart. We love you Pat!

Alison Lee gave their condolences on 5/11/2016 at 11:56 AM    


Pat touched many lives. I feel blessed to have known him for all these years. Troy and I will hold our memories close to our heart of Pat. So many stories of him can't help but make us smile and laugh. Prayers to the family as find a new normal.

Jody Pietenpol gave their condolences on 5/11/2016 at 1:34 PM    


Heather and Aaron, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family.

Amy (Newell) Pierce gave their condolences on 5/11/2016 at 9:05 PM    


Remembering Pat's kindness to me many years ago.

Naomi Richter gave their condolences on 5/12/2016 at 11:09 AM    


Top o' the mornin' t'ya! I'd say to good ole Pat, no matter the time of the day. I met Patrick Stanley after Kamlesh and I had seen some 80 houses; he sold us our home (the 2nd shown by him) at first sight. A keen student of human nature, perceptive to a fault of what the other person needed, he'd be remembered by me for ever more as a strapping young man of 34 with spring in his step honed at YMCA's paddle-ball courts. In the mornings now, a mini throng would huddle around Patrick to hear his latest tale. The hush would betray that the anecdote was heavy, belying the nature of the premises in which it was recounted. He was a dear, dear person -- oblivious to your race, gender, faith and political attitude. Our relationship straddled a multitude of divides, and was leavened by a shared partiality to cold, cold beer and love of everything Oirish. I can see him even now, a slanted tammy o'shanter purloined from a Scot neighbor on his head, chuckling at my prolixity. All that wonderful stuff written by others is echoed here; but his love for family and loyalty for friends need to be annexed here, next to his ardent love for Doreen (his Dee, a name recited by him always with a special glint in his handsome eyes). Top o' the mornin', mate -- always. Visho

Dr Visho Sharma gave their condolences on 5/13/2016 at 11:04 AM    


He was such a good person. Always ready to help a friend or fellow Realtor. Steve and i enjoyed spending time with Patrick and Dee. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Fran Suhr gave their condolences on 5/14/2016 at 1:09 PM    


Dear Dee and kids, I have no idea how to express my sympathies over the loss of your husband, your father. and my dear friend and lake neighbor. He was an expert advisor of all things landscaping and old trailer repair; more than I could have ever wished for. His absence from this world will be greatly missed. What won't be missing is all the memories of a great man with a wonderful sense of humor, fast witty comebacks, and enough stories to fill our hearts content. He sold me my house while calming all my fears at first time ownership and included me in the annual christmas eve party making me feel like family at a time when it was most needed. Like so many he met, he touched our lives and his memory will forever be special in our hearts.

Kathy Dilsaver gave their condolences on 5/16/2016 at 1:31 PM    


Doreen and Family: my heart goes out to you all during this time of loss. Mr. Stanley was a character and always could come up with some great reasons for eating "bad' things when I would see you 2 at the store!!! His humor and wit will live on in all of you and such great memories. my deepest sympathy. Peg Kwasniewski ole Borgess Buddy and Heather's work buddy

Peg Kwasniewski gave their condolences on 5/18/2016 at 1:48 PM    

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