Stanley R. Stasiak, 71, of East Hampton CT died Friday September 21, 2018 at home surrounded by his family and friends. He was born March 31, 1947 in Ingolstadt, Germany, the son of Stanislaw & Aniela Stasiak.
Stan grew up in Youngstown Ohio where he graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1965. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science Degree from Youngstown State University where he majored in Business Management in 1979.
In June of 1968 Stan joined the United States Army where he served with distinction in the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam. Stan was awarded multiple decorations and honors including an Air Medal and a Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in June of 1974.
Following his military service, he returned to the Youngstown area. He worked for Harshaw Chemical Co. as a supervisor in the optical cutting/polishing dept. in Solon, OH. In 1987, the family moved to Connecticut where Stan worked for 18 years as Superintendent of Production for Argo Technology in Berlin, CT and 5 years as Shipping Supervisor for Regal Supply in Hartford, CT. He retired in 2012.
In recent years, he and Joan traveled regularly to their timeshares in Bartlett, New Hampshire and Rockport, Maine. With their daughter Brie, they made many pilgrimages to Disney World including Brie and Josh’s Disney wedding in 2007. One of Stan’s favorite pleasures was long drives with the top down in his Pontiac Solstice.
Stan developed a strong interest in watching the birds in their backyard, particularly the hummingbirds. He dotted their backyard with bird feeders of all sorts and of course was then driven crazy by the invading squirrels. Over many years, Stan and Joan hosted prides of rescued cats. Though all were favorites, Stan’s particular pal was Leroy. Stan could often be found with his granddaughter Aoife on their living room floor where he taught Aoife basic engineering and construction skills, designing and redesigning Lincoln Log structures, Lego castles and marble runs. When they would break for lunch, Stan also introduced her to a wide variety of Polish cuisine.
Stan is survived by his wife, the former Joan Ely, whom he married August 11, 1984; his daughters Gabrielle Pont and her husband Joshua of East Hampton, CT and Rosalind Highfield and her husband Mike of Canfield, OH and Lisa Libb of Boardman, OH; his granddaughters Sherry Rosan and her husband Kevin of Hilliard, OH and the light of his life Aoife Pont of East Hampton, CT, his brother Joseph Stasiak and his wife Sandy of Canfield, OH, sister Mary Ann Owens and her husband Keith of Siloam Springs, AR, and brother-in-law Rick Ely of Florence, MA. He also leaves several nieces and a nephew.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center and the Hartford Healthcare Hospice.
A celebration of life service will be held October 6th at 10:00 at 55 Laurel Ridge, East Hampton CT.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to Forgotten Felines of CT, P.O. Box 734, Clinton CT 06413.