Stanley Scislowski—In Memoriam

Stanley Scislowski

Passed away suddenly at the age of 90, on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Oak Park Retirement Home, LaSalle. Stan will be overjoyed to be re-united with his beloved wife Joyce, who passed away on April 24, 2001. He leaves behind his loving children, Pat and the late Joe Rispoli (2010), John and Toni Scislowski, Jerry Scislowski, Cindy and Phil Goldwater, Carolyn Scislowski, Julie and Chris Phillips. He was a beloved Papa to Joey and Anne, Jesse, Lauren and Russ, Peter, Alyssa, Tonya, Christopher, Patrick, Mary Anne and Allison and a great grand-papa to Abby and Ben. Stan was predeceased by his parents, Victor and Tekla Scislowski, and his four brothers and two sisters. Survived by his sister-in-law Joanne Scislowski and many nieces and nephews. Stan lived a very full energetic life. His greatest pride and joy was his family. He served in World War II in Italy with the Perth Regiment until he was wounded carrying a fallen comrade to safety. His war years proved to be fertile ground for the writing that he undertook for the rest of his life, culminating in his first published Book at age 73, "Not All Of Us Were Brave". Stan was a self-taught chemist and used those skills in the family electroplating business. He was a founding and lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 594 and the editor of the branch Newsletter for over 40 years. He was also a member of the Windsor Historical Society and the Windsor Military Institute. Stan never slowed down, despite suffering two strokes over eight years ago. He spent much of the day at his computer, still writing, reading emails, surfing the net and watching YouTube videos. But most of all Stan loved people. He was never at a loss for words and was a master story-teller. He touched many people and will be greatly missed. We salute you, Dad.

     Stan first came to my notice in a Norm Christie documentary on the Canadians in the Italian campaign. Stan, in his late 70s, was scrambling up and down the bank of an Italian canal, showing where the Germans and Canadians had been situation. “The Squareheads,” a name for the Germans, “were here” Stan said. I became interested in the man and read his book, “Not All of Us were Brave,” published when he was 73. It contains some of the clearest writing on infantry fighting ever written.

   Stan was wounded in Italy and had a long life thereafter, writing and running a successful business. Here’s to Stan and the thousands like him who did their duty.



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