25th April 1919 – 20 May 2019
Stanley was born in Winniki near Lwow, former Poland. A student of Classics at the outbreak of war in 1939 he managed to escape through Romania, Yugoslavia and Greece to Marseilles, France to join the Polish Army. When France capitulated in 1940 Stanley led a platoon of 10, on foot, 1000 km along the French coast to catch a boat to the UK.
Stanley was posted to Scotland, stationed in Fife to man the coastal defences. He met his wife Jean Stark at the University of St Andrews. His linguistic abilities contributed to a posting with the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF) with General Eisenhower toward the end of the war, and was awarded the French Legion of Honour for this in 2017.
After the war Stanley graduated from St Andrews, married and remained in Scotland, warned by his father not to return to Poland under any circumstances due to the Communist regime. He and Jean became teachers. Stanley spent 12 years in Northern Nigeria with the Colonial Services as Principal Education Officer, and was responsible for building 40 schools in this inhospitable region. He taught at schools in Fife and Edinburgh on his return, and one of his proudest achievements was being awarded Life fellowship of the EIS.
He was a keen golfer and chess player, also highly involved in local politics. He cared devotedly for his wife through her Alzheimer’s. His son was a teacher in Germany who died in 2002. Stanley had a wonderful 100th birthday celebration surrounded by friends and family from all over the world and died a month later peacefully in his care home. He is survived by his daughter Patricia a GP in Edinburgh and 2 grandsons Matthew and Joseph.