Wheeler, Stanley Joseph 'Stan'

Wheeler, Stanley Joseph 'Stan'

June 6th, 2020

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Stanley Joseph Wheeler, retired Warrant Officer, CD, Canadian Armed Forces, at home on Saturday, June 6, 2020, in London, following an exceptionally courageous and brave fight with cancer at the age of 60 years. Stan will be forever loved and missed by his wife Laurie (née Farr), whose steadfast love for him was no more apparent than in his last months of his life as she cared for him in their home. He will be greatly missed by his constant companion and furry buddy Charlie. Stan was the treasured brother of his proud siblings: Elaine (Russell), Sonny (Debbie), Yvonne (Mike), Nancy, Madeline (Greg), Vernon (Vickie), Ross (Alice), Debbie (Bud), and Wanda (Glen), all of Nova Scotia or Newfoundland. Admired brother-in-law of Debbie Farr, of Pembroke. Stan is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by true friends Mark and Kathy Prescott, Ron and Kathy Merk and Paul Paris. Predeceased by parents Hughie and Lorraine Wheeler; sister Jaunita; parents-in-law Cyril and Beverley Farr (née Prescott); and brother-in-law Kevin Farr. Stan enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces and honorably served his country for 20 years with the Canadian Airborne Regiment, Royal Canadian Regiment and the RCR Battle School. He successfully completed several advanced infantry certifications during his eight years in the Airborne Regiment, including Master Sniper and Pathfinder, which are long hailed as some of the most grueling and challenging courses in the Canadian Army. Stan was a qualified Mountain Operations Instructor, Jumpmaster, Parachute Instructor and Advanced Recce Patrolman. He completed a 6-month tour of duty as a UN Peacekeeper in Cyprus. Stan was a soldier’s soldier and was greatly respected by his peers and superiors. Stan was born in Newfoundland and his sense of humour was always evident. His random acts of kindness and generosity were felt by many throughout his life. Respecting Stan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment of ashes and a Celebration of an Extraordinary Life will occur in Pembroke, Ontario at Malcolm Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home, at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation to honour Stan’s memory are asked to consider Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre or the London Regional Cancer Program. 

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Lisa and Todd AbbottOur deepest condolances go out to all of the families of Stan. A man who will always be remembered, we were all connected in some way through both of our parents whom were close friends. He was a kind man indeed! May God keep you strong during this sad time and know that he is in peace 🙏🙏🙏
kathleen wheelerMy deepest condolences to Stans family and friends,May he rest in peace :(
Jeff and Trudy DriscollLaurie, We are very saddened to hear about your loss. May you feel the love and support all around you. We will keep you in our prayers. Jeff and Trudy
TERRY MUGFORDI had the honor of serving with Stan and living across the hall from him in the quarters in Petawawa. The stories I could tell! lol He was a character and above all, an excellent soldier who had a great attitude and sense of humour. Light winds and Soft landings Stan. "Airborne" "Pro Patria" Terry Mugford
Susan and Mike PigeonOur deepest condolences goes out to Laurie and the rest of the families.We'll never forget and treasure all the good memories we had with you and Stan.
Jack GaudetStan was my relative but foremost a great friend so sorry to hear of his passing. Never forgotten my friend. Pro patria
Eunice and Eddy Eddy Dempsey{Wheeler}Condolences to the family and prayers as well. May he rest in God's Eternal Peace.
Nancy & John BalcarrasYou know how much we will miss Stan and we are here to support you with whatever we can do. So many memories of our neighbourhood antics and Stan’s sense of humour and generosity. Great friend and neighbour, will be so missed
Frank "Monkey" MacNeil I could sit for hours on end and tell you some great stories we had about Stan, he was a tough Airborne Soldier which was second to non. Stan would always be there if you needed help and asset you in anyway he could. We had some great times in Mountain training and instructing on the course. I have not been in contact with Stan for a long time, to hear this without getting to sit and talk about old times is sad and heartbreaking. Airborne my brother, rest in piece your job on earth is done, we have your shift now, until Valhalla brother, Airborne.
Pat MaillouxRIP Stan. Fair winds and soft landings. It was a pleasure serving with you. Airborne. 💔
Mike RyanI was fortunate to know Stan when I was a young soldier in the Airborne. Like so many others who trained and lived with him, Stan was a mentor, he was the example, he was respected by all he touched with “his way”. I am sad to hear he has left us, however, we all have the memories that we hold close to us and share with only a few that could ever know their meaning. Airborne!! My sincere condolences to the family.
Dean Duke CuthbertSo sad to hear. Stan was one heck of a soldier. It was a great honour to serve with him. We were on a couple of unarmed combat demo teams, repelling exercises and a few adventures. Pleasant journey ole comrade. RIP Stan-the-Man.
Denis LevesqueMy condolences to Stan’s family and friends. Stan was one of those guys you could talk to even after not seeing him for years and still laugh and have a few drinks. His Heart was open and his direct concern about Troops was obvious and was huge factor in his life. Stan was a soldier’s soldier. Fit as always and a guy you want on your side by your side. I can only wish we had maintained contact post military. Miss ya buddy. I know you’re just doing the Recce for the rest of us. God Speed Stan!
Vivienne MullerI knew Stan and Laurie through Max and Charlie. He loved his dogs and I loved him for that. We had some good laughs over the years. I will miss that. He fought the good fight.....he will be missed by us all. We were all touched in some way by his humour and his kindness. My heart goes out to Laurie and his family. He went to early but he left good memories in our hearts.
Debbe Fitzsending our prayers and love to you Laurie , thank you for being so strong and being there through this hard time , we appreciate all you have done , please take care of yourself now Stan is ok now his mom has him in her arms.RIP handsome well loves you forever and you will surely be missed
Diane MansellDear Laurie & Family: So very sorry to hear of Stan's passing. He was a great neighbour and true friend. I can still remember meeting Stan for the first time. I was walking back from the mailbox after getting my mail and Stan introduced himself to me and quickly gave me an "open invitation" to drop by for a beer on a Friday after work. The conditions were "if the garage door is up, stop by and if the garage door is down it meant you're sleeping." I will miss Stan's great sense of humour, kindness, and generous spirit. May he rest in peace.
Christine & Steve MeathDear Laurie; Steve and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of Stan. We will miss his smiling face and chuckles that we would have when we would meet while walking our dogs. He always had an interesting story to share. We will miss him but he will never be forgotten.
Brent and Janice GaleSending our deepest condolences and prayers to Laurie and Stan’s family. He was a true friend to Brent and he looked up to him as a person he inspired. Brent always loved hearing from him with some good words of wisdom or just plain humour. It was always nice to see him come visit when he came home. He will be truly missed. He was a good man.
Ignatius youngHe was a great friend.i met him when we were 15 years old.The 3 of us were great friends,stan,myself and dillon.we got into so much mischief lol,we finally moved to newbrunswick where the 3of us worked at mcdonalds.they were special years that i carried with me for 40 years,you will be missed my friend.
Ron Merk Kathy MerkWe are so fortunate to have met Stan Wheeler. We have so many great memories that we will cherish forever. From the day that we met Stan through Laurie, we were instantly swept away by his humor, generosity and his unbelievable love of life. We were both proud to have been "Newfie Screeched", with Stan officiating! Stan always made us feel at home and welcome, weather it was in his and Laurie's home or at a camp site. Stan was a stand up citizen, weather he was saving the world, a few ducks, or a moose, or his fellow man, he was there. He will me sadly missed. He is and always will be the strongest man we have ever met. We know you are up there awaiting your own personal Rolling Stones Concert. Rock on Stan. We will miss you dearly, and we will look out for Laurie.
Kelly RomainLaurie, I was so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May you take comfort in the support of surrounding family and friends as well as the memories you will cherish always.
Kim O'RourkeMy deepest sympathies Laurie to you and your family I met Stan in the 80,s in Petawawa and he was someone you never Forget. So sorry for your loss Kim O'Rourke
Gloria, Malcolm & Molly McKenzieWe are very saddened by the news of Stan's passing, we only knew him for a short while but knew he was fighting with all his might! He was always upbeat and happy, and spoke of his love for his family here and in Newfoundland. We will miss seeing him walking Charlie, sending deepest sympathy to Laurie and family. He will be missed.
Helen and Pete VandebovenkampLaurie, we wish we were in London now to celebrate Stan's life with you in person. What a character! So many fond memories of Brandy Lane court neighbour adventures. We all enjoyed this special community and of course Stan was in the middle with his stories from the military, his various job stories and always Max (at that time), by his side. So blessed to have these memories in our heart.
Aym RamsayMy deepest and sincerest condolences to Laurie, Charlie and family. I was fortunate to meet Stan during the few years he worked for Canada Post. He was a hard worker, funny and above all had a sense of integrity that is so rare these days. His love for animals and his desire to help out anyone less fortunate than himself was unparalleled. He was so generous and kind and was the first to put his hand in his pocket to support another human being. May you find peace Laurie in the beautiful memories you have of you two.
MichaelOn behalf of Beaverbrook Pharmacy since condolences to you and your family..Stan always had an amazing outlook on life and it was a pleasure to get to know him he will be missed.
Elaine ChantlerSorry for your loss, thinking of you at this time of loss.
deb wheelerfhe wheeler family would like to thank stans wife laurie for all her love and surport to our brother we appecitate all the courage it took to be strong at t his sad time , she always kept us inform of his health.we thank god . stan had her in his life we are ELAINE SONNY YVONNE NANCY MADELINE VERNON ROSS DEBBIE WANDA VERY GLAD TO HAVE HAD A BROTHER LIKE STAN LOVE YOU ALWAYS
Jeffrey SmithStan, you will be missed, but we will re-group on the other side. Airborne ! Pro Patria!
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