Fredrick “Stan” Stanley Stobart, 85, of 706 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Sunday morning, Aug. 23, 1998.
Stan was born Sept. 15, 1912 in England but immigrated to Canada at the age of 15, working in farming at Tisdale, Sask. In 1938, he came to Rainy River District, employed in farming and bush work at North Branch, Emo, and Fort Frances.
In 1942, Stan enlisted with RCASC in Winnipeg, serving in Europe during World War II. He was discharged from the army in Winnipeg on March 19, 1946.
Stan Stobart delivered milk by horse and buggy in Fort Frances, and he was in construction, building the Fort Frances Memorial Arena. He also delivered fuel for Elmer Wood. Later, he contracted with Canada Post, picking up and delivering parcels until his retirement due to ill health.
He is survived by one son, Meryl Wilson of Barron, Wis.; one grandson, Tyler; step-great-grandchildren; and numerous stepsons and stepdaughters.
His brother is Sydney Stobart.
He was predeceased by his parents in England; and three wives, Winnie from England, Minnie Collett-Stobart, and Gertie Pocock-Stobart.
He leaves a special friend and caregiver, Carolyn Murray, who provided a home and encouragement during his convalescence and most recent surgery.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Fort Frances. Following the service, lunch will be served for family and friends at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers will be George Bartlett, David Craven, Frank Callaghan, Bob Cupp, Ron Sinclair, and Bruce Woodgate.
Ken Johnson and Larry Arch will conduct the service, and the Legion Colour Guard will be present.
Stan was a board member of the Fort Frances Credit Union, and a volunteer for the Legion sick and visiting committee for many years. He will be missed by La Verendrye hospital and Rainycrest residents who looked forward to visiting with the “Candy Man,” bringing fruit and chocolate bars.
He also will be fondly remembered as “Stan the Can Man,” driving his scooter pulling a special wagon with cans tidying up streets in town.