Date of Death
May 9, 2016
Place of Death
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.
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.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may made to the Patrick Stanley Memorial Fund (checks payable to fund), c/o of the funeral home.
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